A Good Newspaper Cycling Story From Joe Soucheray?


Photo by John Doman, Pioneer Press


This one has us scratching our heads a little bit.

A read through Saturday morning’s Pioneer Press netted a surprising result, a well written article about a winter cyclist from the perspective of the cyclist.  For seemingly the first time a story was written about someone riding in winter that did require the rider to defend the fact that they are not a “crazy rider”.  The article was thoughtful and laid out the clear reason why many of us ride through winter;

“He rode because he wanted to, because, despite what it must look like to a motorist, he felt unencumbered by convention. He was free of the obvious burdens, fuel costs, insurance, parking problems, trips to the body shop, frosted windows. But it was more than that. It gave him a claim on some deep primal ruggedness, in a world where that was increasingly tough to come by………. He rode for another reason. It made him hate winter less.”

The head scratching part came when we read the byline, the story was written by, none other than Mr. Garage Logic himself, Joe Soucheray.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the previous work of Mr. Soucheray read up on his anti-bicycle, pro-car, I will run you down with my SUV rants from the previous few years, here and here.

Our initial thought was that Mr. Soucheray was being Punk’d, or Punking us.  Our next thought was that some ingenious hacker had figured out how to ghost-write a post under his name and get it published.  With both of those scenarios unlikely, we considered that it might have been written with tongue-in-cheek, but we couldn’t find the punch line.

With this in mind, we have devised a little poll below.

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