“The TransRockies quickly teaches us that we are not in charge. We humans have a tendency to rationalise the world around us in a way that maintains the idea that we rule over our own domain. There comes a point, though, when you learn otherwise. It came to me during Stage 5 of the 2011 TransRockies race. Clinging to the side of a mountain in 35-degree sideways rain, wearing nothing but a thin layer of Spandex and sitting astride what feels, at this moment, like an inadequate sliver of aluminum and carbon fibre, I realise that I am but a blip on the screen of the universe..."