Hi folks, Greg here, and I’ve been given the honor of hosting the next Cycle365 Monthly Challenge. But first, it seems I owe everybody an apology. I’ve been told by one of the executive officers of Cycle365 that my snowman challenge this month “showed a surprising insensitivity,” presumably because it was almost impossible for people in some parts of the world to copycat. Deep down, I know he’s right. In my defense, however, I came up with the snowman idea back when the challenge was simply to create your own challenge — that was before copycatting became a sub-theme. I thought I was making up a challenge only for myself and that was that. I never meant to exclude anybody. I’m very sorry.
So this month’s challenge is my olive branch to our little corner of the bicycling community known as Cycle365. It will be incredibly easy for everybody: All you have to do in order to meet the March Challenge is match a bike ride to a piece of music — a regular song, a symphony, an operatic aria, a jazz number, a rambling rap riff, some kind of avant garde performance art. A happy song, sad song, old song, new song, short song, long song, fast song, slow song, silly song, or whatever strikes your fancy. I already know most of you like music and I’m pretty sure ALL of you like to ride your bike. It can’t get much easier than that.
You can think of a favorite song and use it to inspire your bike ride or, conversely, you can go on your bike ride and see if that inspires a song in your head and heart. You don’t have to post any audio or video of your song, but you can if you want to. You don’t have to pick a famous song, but you can if you want to. You don’t have to incorporate any lyrics in your post, but you can if you want to. You don’t have to do this more than one time to meet the challenge, but you can if you want to. You don’t even have to have fun, but you can if you want to. There are NO RULES!
Well, there are two rules, I guess. 1) Provide the title of your song, and 2) tell us how you used the song to influence your ride.
For example, if your song is “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” tell us through words and/or pictures about all the fairies, sugar plums, and ballerinas you saw on your ride. Explain how much Tchaikovsky and his music has inspired you — or ruined your life — as the case may be. Describe memories of the time you played first violin in your high school production of The Nutcracker. Maybe while you were riding you remembered how sugar plum fairies granted wishes to you as a kid.
See? It’s almost TOO easy.
Well, I guess there is one more rule that might make this challenge slightly more difficult. Despite my protestations, the Cycle365 executive wants to see pictures of your bike included in your post. NOW who’s the hard ass?
I know you’re all excited to get going on this challenge, but PLEASE restrain yourselves until March 1st. Thank you.