Women believe guys who ride fast and finish in the top of bike races and bike rides are better looking. It’s that simple.
No, I am not making it up, ask Erik Postma who recently published a paper titled, “A relationship between attractiveness and performance in professional cyclists.” Yea I took some liberty in interpreting the results given the study focused on professional cyclists. However, Erik studies biological evolution and explains how the results could be interpreted. It makes sense, evolution dictates that women seek strong males for all the reasons of survival and good genes.
While we might live in modern homes, manufactured landscapes and technology that can almost now think like a human, the fact remains we are a product of millions of years of evolution where our genes simply have say. And hey, riding fast is good for your health anyway. Here’s to those that ride in the front of the peloton!
Why Cycling So Popular In Some Places But Not Others?
When I go to Europe it always amazes me how popular cycling is as compared to the US. Not just the sport of bike racing, but with the general population riding bikes. The only reason I really ever came up with was because the US is more spread out then most of Europe. But that really makes no sense because US cities are just as dense, if not more so, then cities and towns in Europe. So what’s the reason? Culture? Fitness? State of Mind?
I was reading the BBC the other day and came across the below article; it sheds some light on why cycling is popular at least in the Netherlands. I will say that when I was in the Netherlands there were more bikes and people riding bikes then I have seen. Read on…
Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?
There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC’s Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets – or “granny style” – bike complete with wicker basket and pedal-back brakes, examines what made everyone get back in the saddle.
Before World War II, journeys in the Netherlands were predominantly made by bike, but in the 1950s and 1960s, as car ownership rocketed, Continue reading