This for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers

His trainer was pretty sure that he had given up on the Tour de France. This was surprising because he had worked so hard all these years, in the gym and on the road. Physically and mentally Keith had taken great care of himself and was considered by some to be a super-athlete. He had spent a fortune on nutritionists and food supplements and was as perfect a cyclist as you could get. In media interviews he had always come across as determined and single-minded, pre-requisites for success in his field.

No one knew that he’s allergic to the colour yellow.

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29 Responses to Spoked

  1. glossarch says:

    Must be an intersting form of synaesthesia! How inconvenient.

  2. elappleby says:

    Hilarious! I didn’t see that one coming πŸ˜€

  3. petrujviljoen says:

    Well done!

  4. Well crafted tale. The detail in the training perfect. The colour Yellow. I am also allergic to it. Prefer black always.

  5. Sandra says:

    Nice one Patrick, different take.

  6. After all, Green Lantern can’t handle yellow! So why not a cyclist?

  7. julespaige says:

    Oh, I do like this. Reminds me of the Indianapolis 500 race, where they say driving a green car is bad luck. Though I think they are the colors of the Racer Danika Patrick!

    Just to let you know you might want to alert WP as your comment ended up in spam, but I saved you! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your visit.

    • Thanks for visiting etc. And thanks for the tip-off re spam. I’m getting stuff in my spam folder as well – not yours. WP seems to be a bit wobbly at the moment.

  8. That would definitely be a problem, although obviously Chris Froome doesn’t share that allergy. Hypnotism, perhaps?


  9. Dear Patrick,

    I didn’t know a person could be allergic to a color. Yellow dye perhaps? Fun story.



  10. annisik51 says:

    A career that need not be cruelly cut in its prime! All his trainer needs do is find a way of getting Keith to be mellow about yellow.

  11. Kwadwo says:

    Never saw the ending coming. Allergic to yellow? Strange.

  12. Gabriella says:

    Hopefully there are other races where the champion does not need to wear a yellow top! Maybe the ‘giro’? Funny and week-done!

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