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Suddenly, It's Dark
If a mountain bike excursion is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature and discover hidden corners of one's own area, observe animals, be with a group and make the effort of going uphill thinking of the descent awaiting you, I'm asking myself: In the dark, will all these things have any meaning?
Perhaps the desire to compete against yourself, that ancestral urge that pushes you to the limits of your capabilities, perhaps the unconscious pleasure of finding yourself in pre-natal darkness, a dive into the depths of your own darker side? Maybe%u2026 the fact is that you feel the adrenalin and your feet push on the pedals, in spite of the darkness.
With the last rays of light, we head into the dense vegetation along the cart-track; the pace is quick as we chat and try our lights, good-humoured Michele the centre of attention.
It's now dark. Our lights illuminate 10-15 metres and then nothing; everybody goes at his own pace, a race against the unknown.
We stop often due to mechanical problems and to catch our breath, a perfect chance to admire the starry sky, surrounded only by silent trees, the sound of barking in the distance. There's almost no moon, only a thin crescent destined to disappear behind the hills.
from the top
One of the many stops