Use These Profiles for the Solar Eclipse on October 14, 2023

There is an annular solar eclipse that will be visible across parts of the Western United States and across Central and South America on Saturday, October 14. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun but since it appears slightly smaller than the sun, it doesn’t block the entire disk. The result is a beautiful “ring of fire.” 

You can find our Earth, Moon, Stars, and Planets bucket playlist below with over 220 songs to create your own eclipse theme ride. We also have several theme profiles for you to use. The first is a profile called Staring at the Sun by Karen Cruz. 

It’s 50 minutes, so if you need to add more songs, dip into our bucket playlist below. Since this annular eclipse is being touted as a “ring of fire,” you may want to add this fabulous song by either Johnny Cash or Social Distortion:

Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash, 2:38, 105 bpm
It’s short enough to use as a recovery song; you may want to dissociate from the beat. Or, pick up the intensity, grab the faster tempo, and use it for a short but fast interval. 

Ring of Fire, Social Distortion, 3:50, 89 bpm
This version has more energy and is a slightly lower tempo so it may be a more attainable cadence by more of your riders. Grab the beat and push hard in a longer, seated VO2 max interval. 

I’ve also got this profile called Tears from the Moon, which I’ve used for both lunar eclipses and full moons. You may want to use a few of the songs from this ride—don’t forget, the moon shares the billing in a solar eclipse of this nature! 

There will be a total solar eclipse (so no ring of fire for that one!) on April 8, 2024. 

As usual, if you have any songs we should add to the bucket playlist below, let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

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