Pearl Izumi - The Pact

We’re pledging to
take our sport back.
So should you.

If there’s any kind of benevolent endurance god out there, we’ll keep this sport right where it was when we all fell in love with it: a sanctuary for anyone and everyone who yearns to sweat, sacrifice and suffer their way to happiness. Give the Pact a read. If it sounds like something you’re into, sign it. Then live it.

*Unless you only got into it for the Insta and the coffee shop fashion shows. Then by all means, as you were.

The Pact

Article 1

Mountain Biker Climbing a Hill

I will endure.
I will enjoy.

I shall only partake in this
crazy sport I love, because I love it.

And I will quit when I quit loving it.

I am a representative of this sport.

As such, I will do my part to take
the “ass” out of ambassador.

Article 2

Triathlete Swimming

No matter how goofy
somebody looks, I
shall not mock.

But I will mock myself. Often.

I will show respect to everyone
I see with a wave or smile or nod.

Maybe even all three.

If it’s not returned, I will
not shake my head.

Because I do not know
what’s going on in theirs.

Article 3

Cyclist Working Out on an Indoor Trainer

I will be inclusive.

Even of the exclusive.

I will encourage the beginner,
the professional, and everyone
in between.

I will place joy above performance,
use my fingers for peace,
not profanity,
and I will focus on the scenery more
than the scene.

Article 4

Road Cyclist Descending on a Mountain Road

I will believe in positive vibes
as much as power-to-weight ratios;
good karma as much as good form.

Whatever my jersey or bib
may say, I know we’re all on the
same team.

Article 5

Trail Runner in a Forest

And when I’m suffering the most,
I will remember that this is
not life or death.

Even if it is my life.