At one time, it was understood that business deals were launched and contacts made on the greens and in the clubhouse following nine holes. Today, with corporate dollars drying up and cycling picking up steam as a pastime and a sport, some see that cycling as the new golf.
And why not? Bicycles are becoming as sexy as the Blackberry was in the mid 2000s.
Here are the top ten reasons Cycling is the NEW GOLF:
10. Cycling requires less turf. Whether it’s on bike lanes, bike paths or open road, generally one can do it anywhere.
9. Less expensive to participate in. A new tube costs far less than a box of golf balls.
8. You can do it alone, in a twosome, foursome or any number of buddies. Organize a corporate ride.
7. Depending on the type of route, you can have conversations about anything in the world while seeing beautiful scenery.
6. It’s better for you than golf, raises your heart rate and is kind to your body.
5. Just about anyone can get themselves in shape to ride. Even the chubby newcomer can complete a short ride.
4. There’s no embarrassing temper tantrums to quell after a bad shot. Although a slow motion fall at the red light when forgetting to unclip CAN be embarrassing.
3. You can impress your boss with your prowess at tire changing. ANYONE can learn this skill by practicing while watching Monday Night Football or The Bachelor, your pick.
2. If you wind up with a bore or a know-it-all type, you can choose a route with all up hill riding. It’s tough to keep talking when mashing up a hill.
1. A coffee at the coffee shop afterward is easier on the expense account than the bloody Mary in the clubhouse. (Wait this could be one of its downfalls as well.)
Trek Corporation also subscribes to the cycling is the new golf philosophy. Read of Trek’s commitment to this end and its travel business to facilitate such trips.