From our archives…
The summer solstice happens twice each year (once in each hemisphere) when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or south pole. It occurs in the northern hemisphere between June 20 and 22 and is the peak of the lengthening of daylight that started waaaaay back at the winter solstice in December.
This profile is the (new!) companion ride to my winter solstice one. The terrain/drills are similar but not exactly the same, and the playlist includes summery songs about the heat, keeping cool, cloudless skies, and (my favorite) the beach. The ICA Summer playlist is another great place to find tracks if you’d like to create your own version.
In Seattle, where I live, the summer solstice is celebrated with an annual parade. People paint their bodies and ride bikes naked! Don’t believe me? Have a look here!
Please note the version of “Water From a Vine Leaf” by William Orbit featuring Beth Orton and “Tread Water” by De La Soul are not available on Spotify. We’ve replaced “Water From a Vine Leaf” with a different version of this song, and “Tread Water” with “Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. For other alternatives, make sure to check out our Summer playlist filled with loads of summer-themed songs, as well as the feel-good songs that bring a smile to your face.