For your author, cycling is all about climbing. It’s the majesty, the suffering, and the sense of achievement of ascending the mountains. Hence le grimpeur, a collection of writing about climbs, climbing, and climbers.
This blog has been online since 2007 and often explores different ideas about cycling and the linkages between cycling, literature, philosophy, sociology and politics. The opinions expressed are, of course, entirely my own. My regular work is with words so this is a creative outlet. There’s occasionally some provocative ideas to challenge accepted thinking, but with the intention of being thought provoking rather than an out-and-out critique.
As of the middle of 2014 the posts are being updated only infrequently, but you can still read through the old ones. My primary focus is now riding – there is only so much time for cycling-related activities so getting out on the road takes priority.
Riding for a long time seems to mean a slow evolution into a cycling curmudgeon. At some point, though, we can all agree that we share a passion for the bike. Sometimes we need to worry less about our differences and remember our commonalities – the bike, the suffering, and the joy.
Dipping in and out of the pro cycling side has been interesting, and the my articles from over the years for Pez Cycling News give a good indication of that interest. (Some of the older links no longer work, but these will get progressively fixed.)
Contact me by emailing ‘guy’ at the site address of ‘le-grimpeur.net’.
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