By jmernst

Who, what, where, when and why is Ciclirati?

Who – First and foremost, I am distinctly not a big deal.  Slightly more educated than most, sure.  Seen more than my fair share of the world, yep.  Living in a small town in Southwestern Minnesota that has hundreds of miles of beautiful pavement, courteous drivers and a non-existent cycling scene other than the handful of locals who get together for a small group ride, check.  My qualifications read like the CTS ad – I’m attempting my own cycling comeback as a busy father of three.  However, my aspirations are far below Tour contender.  An avid cyclist/racer in my early to mid 20’s, I found myself 13 years later about 75 pounds overweight, unhappy and wondering how I let cycling slip out of my life.  Two years, 50 pounds  and a few thousand miles later, I realized how much I love this sport.  It is a sport of the world, a sport for everybody and a lifestyle that could save society.  I’m limiting my goals to getting legitimately fit, winning a few local crits, possibly a state championship or race series; accomplishing that would be just fine with me.

What – There are twitterati, illuminati, literati and glitterati.  I thought it sounded cool, I googled it to ensure nobody else was using it.  I took it and filed trademark papers.  Why, you ask?  Because it sounds cool.  By (my) definition, ciclirati are simply people educated and interested in the ways of cycling.

Where – By the miraculous technology of this interweb thingy, the Ciclirati are everywhere.  We may be small in number, but you’re never sure where we are.

When – Ciclirati is now.  It has to be now because most people don’t want to read about things that are past-last-week old.  That doesn’t mean we’re the most current, it just means it isn’t ancient history.

Why – I write, I ride…it’s what I do.  I’m hoping others will come along and find it as enjoyable as I do.

What else – I’m not the typical blogger hiding behind the anonymity of the web.  I’m not 6’3″, stone-jawed or a Cat 1 Elite that has earned the right to criticize others.  I’m short, fairly slow (but getting faster) but have a passion for cycling.  My name is Jeff Ernst – for those who may want to contact me, it’s done easily enough at jeff dot m dot ernst at mac dot com (while I’m not trying to be anonymous, I really don’t like spam)


2 Responses to “About Ciclirati”

  1. 1 walshworld
    February 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Jeff, greets from Norcal. I got a bunch of good laughs out of the Michael Ball letter. I did much the same today on my cycling blog Twisted SPoke. Keep up the humor, cycling needs it, baby.

    • 2 jmernst
      February 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

      Thanks for the comment – I read your stuff frequently and enjoy it. You’re right – some of us need to balance out the cynicism in our sport with a little comedy. Check out the new site at!


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