I’ve always liked the idea of cycling. I’ve rented bikes while on holiday and feigned interest in the Tour de France whenever it pops up on TV. But actively participating in the sport? Not so much.
I bought a fairly expensive – by my standards, anyway – bike a few years ago in an effort to get out more. Sadly, once the initial enthusiasm had faded it was relegated to the spare room to gather dust. “I’ll go tomorrow”, I optimistically thought.
But then a weird thing happened. When the entire world went into lockdown due to coronavirus, I suddenly felt compelled to start cycling more. The rise in quarantine weight was the main driving force to get on my bike.
Despite toying with the idea of getting a stationary indoor trainer (a device that mimics outdoor cycling conditions), I decided to wait for Dubai’s Al Qudra cycle track to open to the public again.
I pedalled into the deep end from the off and took on the 50km loop. To be honest, I was relatively broken by the end of it. A lack of sunscreen and water taught me a valuable lesson that day. Heatstroke and dehydration aside, I found I enjoyed it.