The view of Iceland as you fly into Reykjavik is of a harsh and inhospitable place, a somewhat alien landscape. This observation was perhaps influenced by the fact that Prometheus (filmed in Iceland) was playing on the in-flight entertainment system as we reached the coastline. But for the last two weeks this lunar-like terrain with its lava fields and snow-capped peaks has been home to 18 injured servicemen and women, learning how to live on the ice in preparation for an expedition like no other.
The Dunwich Dynamo is a 120 mile / 193 kilometre night ride from east London to the lost city of Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. It’s a well organised but unsupported, free, turn-up-and-ride event that usually runs on the Saturday night nearest a full moon in July.
It was a night of firsts for me – on June 30 / July 1 I rode my first century and my first Dunwich Dynamo. It was also the maiden voyage for my recently built Dolan Preffisio – my first road bike.
I wrote this a few months ago for a book being put together by LFGSS. I don’t think the book has been published yet, but this article was about the power of internet community spirit in hard times. The reason I focused on people I didn’t know and not the great friends and family that rallied round, is just because of that: I didn’t know them. So thanks again, not just the LFGSS guys, but everybody else who supported us then and now.
Everybody goes through life thinking “it’ll never happen to me,” and then one day, it does.
I was chatting to a guy the other day who was curious about riding fixed gear and I’ve noticed in my conversations with road bike riders that fixed has a kind of reputation as the choice of hipsters or danger loving loonies. Why? Well that one’s pretty difficult to put into words, especially if you don’t want to sound like a wanker, because all those claims about fixed giving you a greater connection to the bike – a sense of oneness – are true. It’s like Zen cycling.