The End of The World IS Coming (Again!)

This is an exciting and fun (and quite challenging, I might add) profile submitted by longtime ICA member Lisa Piquette. Lisa says this about her profile:

Did you know that the world is going to end, AGAIN? I know, I know, we are still here after all of that fuss over the Mayan calendar, but I promise you, the world is going to end on September 28, 2015. (And if you’re reading this after that date, well…something went wrong!)

There is a rare lunar pattern that has been associated with apocalyptic lore for centuries. The Blood Moon Tetrad began on April 15, 2014, with the first of four Blood Moons. The term refers to the reddish color of the moon during a total lunar eclipse. October 8, 2014, and April 4, 2015, were the second and third Blood Moons. The completion of the Tetrad is on September 28, 2015. What makes these four lunar eclipses unique is that all four Blood Moons occur on or near Jewish holy days.

If you do not get a chance to use the profile in time for September 28 of 2015, this is also a great Halloween profile, or the next time a loony predicts the end of the world!

This profile is all about engaging the imagination and sense of humor of your class members, and using that energy to motivate them as you take them through a series of high-intensity efforts while they ride for their lives! Treat the technical aspects of the profile similar to what you might expect in a simulation of Tour stage, with plenty of chases and attacks and paceline work, and a sprint at the end.

Mostly, this is a chance to have a lot of fun with your class members. I taught this ride when the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world, and I made a party out of it. I brought “rations” for my participants in the form of cycling treats. Black balloons and streamers create the proper atmosphere.

In the short term this profile is timely, but we’ve heard again and again that the world is going to end, so you can find a reason to use it anytime, especially around Halloween!




  1. I think this profile could be a great alternative for a halloween ride. That’s my plan! I’m not real big on typical halloween music. Looking forward to the ride!

  2. I just listened to One Last Night on Earth – great fit for this profile!

  3. Great feedback from the class tonight using this theme weaved into my personalized version. A couple of my song swaps included Dada World’s ‘One last Night on Earth’, and Madonna’s collaborative ‘4 Minutes’. I now have a group of Spinners tuned to watching the sky this Sunday evening!

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      Larry, that is awesome! I’m definitely going to look those songs up, thanks!

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