RIDE THE ANDES
I’ve been reporting on and writing about bike racing for 30 years, but my primary cycling passion has always been my own life on two wheels, which resulted in me leaving the UK for the French Pyrenees and the mountain terrain that I always relish, and that is perfectly encapsulated by mountaineer Henry Wismayer in National Geographic.
“The act of ascending embodies escape; the sight of the lowlands receding—houses reduced to child’s bricks, humans to ants—provides sweet refuge for the urban soul. People talk of changing perspectives, of senses heightening in the face of natural permanence and grandeur. The world’s great mountains resist any attempt to civilize them—they are too tall, too steep, too wild, too cold. Now more than ever, it’s heartening to find a landscape that cannot be tamed.”