Saturday, April 25, 2009


party last night
chatted up some old racing buddies
some leaving racing
some still in
one selling her ride can you do that??
made me miss it
the camaraderie
drew us together
but isn't enough
to keep us connected
as we sustain other lives
but we meet fondly
catch up
share our struggles
how we now ride
with groups
that don't really know
riding together

- TOB is there a twelve-step program???


Once known as The Badger said...

My ex-wife said racing friends aren't real friends. I disagreed. They were the only ones who understood what it was like to ride in the wind, the rain, the early morning, the late afternoons and evenings, day after day, year after year. They were the ones who understood what committment really was. And when we rode together in a fast, smooth paceline, there was nothing as beautiful anywhere than that feeling is swooshing along in unison, the sound of the chains over the cogs, the clunk of gears, the unspoken communication... they were the real friends.

The Old Bag said...

It was different for me...we had racing in common and would do anything for one another on the course, but a situation occurred that damaged trust and split the crew. It was tough -- these were people I spent the majority of my time and energy with.

It was a wake-up call for me that true friends were those with whom I shared more. The open road and the team kit weren't enough to knit us together beyond racing.

I ride the open road with a group now -- they ride a decent paceline, but there isn't blood, sweat or tears. But there is a ton more.