Eleven Things To Know About Being A Cyclist’s Wife: By Christina Barton
I have been a cyclist’s wife (and girlfriend) for nearly six years now. I have come a long way since the days when I didn’t think cycling was a team sport and these are the things I have learned to be the best cyclist’s wife I can be:
- When you arrive at a road race be ready to be in the feed zone for 4 hours in the blazing hot sun to hand off 2 bottles that will most likely be dropped.
- Never take Dave Santos seriously when he says to motor pace a teammate back to the group during the race. This is not only illegal, but I would probably hit a few riders in an attempt to do this.
- Keep reminding your husband that shaved legs and spandex are sexy.
- If you are in the pit during a criterium, it is important to stop looking at Pinterest on your phone to hand a rider on your team a wheel when he gets a flat. They do not like it when they have to wait for you to pin the article on how to make cookies in a microwave.
- Be willing to give up your car to the team director at any moment because when he is in race mode that man can be scary as hell! Disclaimer: Paul Abrahams is actually the nicest guy in the world.
- Try not to be jealous of the podium girls when they are kissing your husband after he wins.
- Listen to your husband talk about everything that happened in the race and pretend to understand all of the lingo — He was riding 27s? No way! (Is that a thing?)
- If a rider crashes during a race and is bleeding from his head, do not stand in the way crying and saying to yourself you did this with your mind because he is on a different team.
- Keep other wives posted on what’s going on during the race if they are unable to make it, unless their husband is not doing well.
- Pretend it’s not the millionth time someone at the race asks you, “Oh, so you ride bikes too?” To answer this question-No, I do not also ride. I believe my husband rides enough for the both of us!
- Be understanding when he cannot text you 3 seconds after the race is over to tell you the results.
- And the most important thing you can do as a cyclist’s wife is to be supportive. I am so proud of my husband and I think what he does it not only cool, but takes so much discipline and I really respect that.