The past couple of Saturdays I have taken to getting out on the bike earlier than usual, due to my son’s handball games and I must say it has been a gratifying experience.
I’ll get up around 6am and be on the road by 7. The great thing is the serious lack of traffic in an otherwise busy area. Living in this part of Spain means far less people are likely to be on the roads at these hours, although on a slightly darker note, there is the increased possibility of encountering an intoxicated driver.
I have found the clear roads and favourably traffic lights have given me the opportunity to focus on the actual ride and to concentrate on riding position and pedal stroke. This has invariably helped me in many ways and I have since noticed a marked increase in my average speed (not having to stop or slow down so often).
I am not sure if these early morning jaunts will become a norm as the handball season will be winding down by the end of May but I will definitely be keeping them on the radar as the rising solitude of dawn brings new perspectives to cycling and life.