The moment I knew that we will go further together

Startup Cycling: 22/120


On March 30th, 2016, I joined Thomas Despin to cross the United States from New York to San Francisco by bicycle. One of our common objective is to improve our discipline, by making every day, for 120 days. He makes videos, I write articles.


We all know this sentence : “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” It’s one of these ones that seems right to a majority. I would have agreed before. From today, I understand.


Last night, Thomas and I did wild camping in a National Forest of New Jersey. I was so uncomfortable with the wildlife and the storm that I barely slept. I slept like 3 hours and today, we cycled 33 miles with an average of 8 to 10 percent of inclination. I still don’t realize how I made it considering that it’s only my fourth day on the road.

I would never have felt capable before doing it. And honestly, I don’t know if I would have made it if Thomas hadn’t been there. For almost 5 hours, he followed me very closely and literally coached me.

He learnt me to manage my speeds and to understand the best way of facing the ceaseless hills. He supported me every time of pedals, alternating between a rewarding speech and concrete and effective advice on the way of dealing with this physical exploit.

I surpassed myself as never I made it in the past. On a personal level, it may be the most rewarding day of my life.

It rained the first hour on the road. The ground was slippery and the visibility was reduced. Thomas didn’t leave his position in the back reassuring me on the cars which doubled us. He had my back.

I made it because he made it. I made it because he believed I can make it too.

He would have been 1,5 times as fast if I had not been there. I know there is numerous situation in life where you learn if, or not, you can rely on someone. It’s more than that.

It’s knowing that I can rely on him to urge me to surpass myself to achieve what I am capable of.

It’s knowing that he trusts me enough to share the direction of an experience which he lived alone for one year. A direction which would then be more valuable than the speed in which he moves forward.


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This article is originally featured on Startup Cycling.

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