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The Quiet Season | A Cycling Short Film

The Quiet Season | A Cycling Short Film

I love this time of year. I call it the Quiet Season. I love riding out to the Great Salt Lake through the farmland, where there is little or no traffic. I rarely see other riders, but the ones I do see are serious ones like me. I never see other women riders, I must be the only crazy one. It’s cold, but layering almost eliminates the bite of the wind. During my ride, I am rewarded with colors, smells and
sounds that few others experience. There is so much to see. The Halloween candy is gone, and so are the showy colors of leaves
on the trees. They have been replaced with quiet golds and browns that whisper in the wind. As I ride along, the musty smell of
fallen leaves rises up from the ground with a pleasant aroma – filling me with memories of
walking through mountains during deer hunts long long ago. All of the trees reach their
dark limbs high in the sky, gently waving in the late fall breeze. Their beauty rivals that of their showier
predecessors, but in a quiet way. The restful season has come. Hay bales are waiting in the fields to be gathered- sitting patiently- like soldiers in rows along the fences. Corn fields are also at rest now. Only stubble remains in endless rows that reach out
to the horizon. Freshly turned earth in other fields reveals
dark brown richness, waiting for snow to blanket it with quiet
stillness, and peace. The furrows will wait for spring to awaken from the slumber of freezing winter nights
that will come. Geese fly above me as I ride,
calling to each other as they fly. “Hurry,” they say. “Hurry, must hurry, “to warmer places to rest for the winter.” I love their graceful wings, and long curved curved necks that stretch out
in earnest as they fly towards the lake to land and rest before resuming their long
journey southward. I often wish I could join them and fly far far away to lands unknown and unseen. I ride by pumpkin fields with hundreds of pumpkins that have not yet been harvested. Perhaps they will sprout next year and
make another field of yellow and orange for children to run through,
and pick the biggest and best lantern for their holiday of
mischief. But for now, it is filled only with
memories – and quietly passes on. The sun swiftly moves towards the
horizon and I finally reached the lake edge. No other time of day can rival the
colors at the evening sun. The hills on Antelope Island are a rich
chestnut brown and beckon me to come and explore their
secrets but I cannot. Time is no longer on my side and I must
return before the evening light is gone. Reluctantly, I turn away from the scene and
gold and orange, and ride towards home. I love this time of year.

100 comments on “The Quiet Season | A Cycling Short Film

  1. Great video. Only one thing missing: water bottle. No serious rider will go out for a ride without a water bottle. You cannot go too long without water.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, the narration, the piano music, and the scenery and the general concept of why we as cyclists love riding. First time I am listening after coming home from cycling, this is a perfect way to unwind and reflect.

  3. Hi, lovely film, and fantastic location, but it looks like you're seat needs to be higher, have you been fitted ? XxxX

  4. Is amazing how the automotive world keeps many people off from experiences like this one! I agree! The bicycle, when ridden under necessary safety measurements, is really a miracle a magic tool! I am glad she enjoys it, Keep riding…keep choosing happiness..! P.S. IMHO fitting is important but, it will come with fitness and confidence on the bike. She probably rides with low seat because that's how she feel is better for her. Efficiency is a secondary topic mostly for racers. Just Ride and enjoy!!!

  5. Very nicely done – images (yay, golden hour!), music, script and narration Thank you! Peace.

    (YouTube recommendation signal-to-noise ratio typically so poor; afraid to waste my time, but delighted and pleasantly surprised when I discover something nice.)

  6. This was such an inspirational video. But some details are missing. It doesn't need to be perfect to be nice, though. One of them is no water bottles and the other one is no rear light in the evening time.

  7. Beautiful. Thank you. This denizen of NYC gets to let his heart slow a beat when watching this. Many happy miles ahead to you.

  8. Love the video. But tour saddle needs to be raised a little bit. Its too low. Other than that…. absolutely fabulous!

  9. Hello,
    We invite you to participate with your film in our Shortfilm online contest:
    We will wait for you,

  10. Dear Brandon! With your permission, we at Gravelest would be most grateful if we could link to your lovely and charming short film on our facebook page

  11. Nice, especially liked the music; not the typical loud rock & roll soundtrack so common in most bicycle videos.

  12. This is not the true essence of cycling ffs… Aroma in the air? Memories of the past? Haybays ? Gracefull birds?.. Ffs cycling is about perceverence, the ability to push yourself to the limits, about suffering, speed and self discipline… If u want to watch birds, then dont buy a race bike…

  13. "Her seat is too low"
    "He thumb is too soft"
    "Mexicans are building tunnels"
    "Obama was a midget"
    Shut the fuck up and enjoy this lady's true passion for cycling. And if you think everything is wrong with her, go make your own video. Jeez!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Looking for submissions to our film festival and I think this one would do well, I even have a code to bypass the entry fee.
    Take a look, if you are interested let me know, I'll send you the code.  
    And you are Utah local! That is awesome.

  15. I appreciate how you did all the filming first then added the voice-over and music at the editing stage. Even though the camera wasn't always stable your end product has a more professional finish than a lot of others in this space.
    Ps, I hope you ate the deer.

  16. Stunning, all of it. Gorgeous music, Lisa, perfectly performed. Example: your delay before the last chord of the song at 6:00. Then repeating that chord at the end. As a pianist myself, the music alone brings tears to my eyes, add to that the stunning video of the addiction I share with your mother: cycling.

  17. I really enjoyed this until she said the fallen leaves reminded her of deer hunts as a child. The reference to killing deer spoilt it for me. And I agree with other comments here, her bike fit is not ideal. Potential for knee and lower back injuries with her seat position. (Lorenzo – the Velo Vegan).

  18. Possibly more about cinematography than cycling. No water bottles, bike fit all wrong and no lights for the long ride home…!

  19. Don't worry, you're not the only crazy girl 🙂 i'm 17 and i sadly don't know any other women that ride, even though i cycle since age 14. Where are the women at?

  20. Just when you wonder if your time on the Internet is a waste…you find this.   So beautiful in so many ways.  Thank you.

  21. for a recent surgery I have't ride doctor orders and it's driving me crazy!!! when people ask me why ride? I just answered them try it and you'll see why. Love video!!!

  22. Einfach nur großartig! Es zeigt genau, wieso ich mich jeden Tag, eben auch im Herbst und Winter, auf‘s Rad Schwinge und wieso ich gerade in diesen Tagen dann soviel Mitleid mit all den Autofahrern habe.

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