The Spandex Crowd

I originally wrote this for Facebook, but wanted to keep it easier to find here in my blog.  I am truly blessed to now live in a town that has patience and understanding for those who pedal, but I know this attitude doesn’t exist everywhere, and I know even in my cycling utopia, there are people who feel more anger and annoyance sadly.

(inspired by a comment made on an article about a cyclist (one of the spandex crowd) hit by a drunk driver- yes I did reply in a sane rational way but did not address the title he gave “us”)

So just who IS “THE SPANDEX CROWD”?

1. a mom who just needs some fresh air so she can be a little peppier for dinner time
2. A Grandpa who found out if he doesn’t get moving he won’t live to see his grandkids graduate
3. An ER doctor who just tried to save a child in a car accident, but failed, today this bike ride is about more than the bike.
4. A guy who is as “gay” as you think he “looks” in that spandex. But is more of a man/human than any self righteous judgemental fool ever could be.
5. A wife who for the first time feels power in her life filled with abuse.
6. A daughter who misses the dad she never really knew, but knows he is proud of every moment she pedals and tries at life.
7. A superhero by day, a daddy by night, doing his best to be a provider and healthy and live by example.
8. A previously unfit, unhealthy alcoholic who lost a leg in a drunk driving accident, has found redemption and healing on his bike with his new leg.
9. Someone you once adored in a different sport who now finds value in the effort even solitude on the roads.
10. A person who has absolutely zero redeeming qualities aside from the fact that they were inspiring to watch race and have still managed to change the world for the better.
11. A friend in between cancer treatments, just looking for any sense of control and freedom.
12. A regular joe who just discovered the thrill of wind on his face and covering ground under his own power, no smell of gasoline anywhere.
13. A girl who always felt left out in team sports, finding a skill and power she never knew she had.
14. A kid who just wants to see who is the fastest, who could be doing drugs and partying, but this bike thing seems to work better
15. An egomaniac who likes being superfit, why not? don’t we need superfit people to look at? hehee
16. A grandma who has no family nearby and husband gone years before her… instead of staying in, she rides.
17. The barista who you enjoy chatting with every morning before work, she doesn’t need much in life but good people and some time with the bike.
18. A too young to die 25 yr old who weighed 400lbs and has already lost 100# on his way to his first triathlon.
19. A hopeful college kid inspired to raise serious money for cancer in a cross country cycling adventure.
20. A widow whose young husband was killed riding his bike, and to keep cycling is just one thing that keeps the connection, through fear and uncertainty, she rides.

A few of these are me. one of these might be you. If you aren’t one or don’t know one… maybe it’s time you put on some spandex and join us, don’t judge us and for God’s Sake be a decent human on the road and to each other in general.
Sincerely,
Corie Young

Card Carrying Spandex Crowd member

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karry Bass
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 15:17:15

    Got this in my email today..took a few minutes to read it and it was time well spent. I am inspired to continue to grow, learn and love! Thank you for the lift, it was needed and well received!

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  2. sugarzen
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 15:30:00

    I’m at least two of those. Cycling makes me feel empowered and alive. I could whine about taking chemo twice a day for the rest of my life, or I can get out and LIVE. The cycling community is so wonderful. I don’t feel judged for my speed, only recognized for being out there riding. I love my bike. And some days, I love the spandex too.

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  3. Emily
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 16:01:10

    This is excellent – thank you so much!!!!!

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  4. Kristi edwards
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 16:02:34

    Glad to see another post from you!
    As a family, I hope to ride our bikes more this summer, when the ground thaws…. But hey, I won’t be wearing spandex! Maybe just my sweats! Lol

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  5. roadtoironmom
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 17:53:54

    Glad you liked it Kristi and Karry!! No spandex technically required;-) it definitely is just fun to get out there on a warm summer day and cruise!

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