Martin Takes a Dive


An energetic ride with Martin through Geneva countryside and along the Jura foothills.

Martin had a little trouble with his bike shoes, losing a couple of screws mid-ride. Failed repair attempts left it difficult for him to unclip. I was searching for a secret road back into Switzerland from France near CERN and found it, but it had a barrier to block cars. I walked my bike around the barrier, but my far more technically talented partner tried to cycle this tight path.

Suddenly, he lost his balance and couldn’t unclip – I turned to see Martin about 3 feet below me, fallen in a ditch. Before I could see if he was OK he started to laugh for a good 5 seconds – phew. Then suddenly he just disappeared from site – falling into one of the deepest ditches I have ever seen. SILENCE. WOW! WORRIED! As I leaned over to see where the hell Martin had disappeared to – he started laughing again – a good 10 feet below me. It took him several minutes to unclip and find a way out of this giant pit. No broken bones and just a slightly damaged tire.

The rest of ride was filled with bouts of us both howling with laughter – and me making the odd raw sewage joke. Why don’t I bring my camera for every ride? One sign of a great cycling partner is someone that instinctively sees the funny side of adversity.

Link to Ride


About Author

Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.

Leave A Reply