Dash it all! What a thrill it’s been to team up with the bicycle-loving editors of the The Paris Review for a writing contest that asked readers to channel American literary greats –¬†Ernest Hemingway, P.G. Wodehouse, Joan Didion, Elizabeth Bishop, or Ray Bradbury — in describing the image above.

More than 200 people answered the call. “Our inbox to runneth over,” the editors noted with gusto.

Hearty congratulations to Isabella Hodge, winner of a new city bicycle from Hudson Urban Bicycles in Manhattan’s West Village. Her entry:

I mean dash it all, what’s a girl to do with a horned devilish fellow pursuing her on a bike, of all things?! I booked it and sped on, the old lemon throbbing wildly, and persp. flowing freely in salty gallons down the face.

Treat yourself to the “manly terseness, Jeevesian whimsy, California deadpan, villanelles (‘Write it! Pedal faster’), and Martiana” reflected in the imaginative entries of the contest finalists.

Thanks to The Paris Review, HUB, Beater Bikes and all who penned entries!

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