Let us, just on this most shamelessly consumerist day of days, let go the idea that covetousness is a bad thing. Sure, it is comprised of at least four of the seven deadly sins (gluttony, greed, lust and envy), but passion is a complicated force, equal parts good and corrupt.
All across the United States, misguided souls queued outside giant shopping plexes, credit cards flexed in anticipation of “bargains” and the unfettered license given to consumption on the biggest shopping day of the year.
At my house the World Cycling Productions catalog arrived, sat on the back of the toilet for a week, and each of the items circled in pen that I hope my wife will at least consider acquiring on Santa’s beneficent behalf. Craft, Castelli and Assos each beckon from those pages. I have thumbed through their offered wares like a kid with a Toys R’Us circular, wanting that one, no that one.
This Fridays’ Group Ride is a simple one. What do you want for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwaanza/Festivus/TheHellOfIt?
We are, of course, offering some cycletastic items in the RKP store, and hope you will consider them as gifts either for yourself or others. There are RKP socks in fine fabric and high style, brand new RKP water bottles, specially made for us by our friends at Specialized, a limited edition shirt celebrating the World Championship of Thor Hushovd, and even full and luxurious RKP kit, bibs, warmers, and jerseys.