Before cycling I spent years in the gym throwing around weights to a soundtrack of angry, aggressive music. But that sort of playlist just doesn’t seem to cut it on the bike. The sport of cycling doesn’t fit with having the ears infected by such hubbub. I tried house music, garage and drum & bass, and while the rhythmic and energetic beats are more suited, they still didn’t seem quite right.
This weekend, at the last minute, we decided to go to St Georges in Bristol to hear Paul Lewis perform some of Schubert’s piano music. To be honest classical music hasn’t always been my cup of tea but I really enjoyed the performance. It was exciting and energetic, to the point of outright aggression when I thought he was about to stand up and karate chop the keyboard to pieces. Fortunately this act of insanity was purely in my mind, but it did start me thinking that perhaps the right blend of energetic classical music could form an ideal cycling mix.
Here is the early beginnings of my energetic Classical compilation, but please feel free to add to it. I’ll obviously need a longer playlist.
1. Verdi – Anvil Chorus (fast, energetic music interspersed with chanting and clanking metal. What’s not to like?)
2. Mozart – Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K.183 1st Movement (with a mesmerising, high-speed cycling descent to accompany the music 🙂 )
3. Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata: Presto