Tonight I remembered a story in a cycling magazine that I read a while ago. The author, and I’m quoting very loosely here because I cannot remember, which magazine it was, wrote that ‘it didn’t matter what place you finish in a race but as what person you roll over the finish line’.
While I like the notion, I thought of it as a real ‘looser statement’. Come on! “Sorry, I didn’t win but I’m a much better person for trying”. Of course you are, we are, everybody is! It’s stating the obvious.
We line up to win!
Alberto asked me on that long drive back from Bright to Melbourne what the most memorable moment was of this year’s Tour of Bright. Crossing the finishing line on top of Mt Hotham, of course, was just as emotional as last year but there were a few experiences along the road that will stay with me for some time to come.
2009 has been a rollercoaster year and the 2009 Tour of Bright was some sort of culmination of great challenges and some unexpected achievements, extending past who I think I was and what I was able to do, and not just on the bike.
I didn’t win and I don’t know whether I’m a better person now but I stepped up and that’s the most memorable thing about the past couple of days and maybe the past 12 months. 2009 wasn’t a bad year at all and the 2009 Tour of Bright … well, I’m still trying to find the words to describe this amazing experience.