2008 Challenge Success!

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2008 Challenge Success

Wow are my legs tired.

Well, I have completed my main 2008 Challenge to cycle 160,000 metres of vertical ascent (~525,000 feet or one foot for every minute of the year).

As usual, there is no doubt that my silly challenge has kept me motivated throughout the year.

It’s definitely been the best and most fun cycling year I have ever had. Highlights include:

  1. Participating in seven cyclosportives - including the pretty epic La Marmotte.
  2. Cycling La Route des Grandes Alpes as part of the Tour d’Enfer.
  3. Cycling up mountains to watch several Pro Tour stages including the Tour de Suisse, Tour de Romandie, La Dauphiné Libéré, and of course the Tour de France.

And – most importantly – lots of rides with great friends who have cheerfully tolerated “The Challenge” – especially Doreen, Martin, Barry, Katy & Eric, and the Lost Boys.

Here is a slideshow of some of my favorite photos from the year:

    What’s next?

Part of the 2008 Challenge was to lose 13 pounds by June 30th and and keep it off until the end of the year. I lost the weight by June 30th but am struggling to stay at that weight. I know, I know: how is it possible to ride as much as I do and have weight issues? Beer, Pizza, portion sizes, etc. :)

I’ll keep riding through the winter and see if I can lose a few pounds.

    My 2009 Challenge?

There will be a 2009 Challenge – I am open to any and all suggestions except riding a tandem!

The 2008 CLIMBS (so far)

Here’s a map and below it a pretty comprehensive list of the big climbs in 2008. Click icons for link to details.

France:
Blue = French Alps ; Green = French Jura Mountains

Switzerland:
Red = Swiss Alps ; Pale Blue = Swiss Jura Mountains

Small Red flag = small cols (passes) that I have climbed or perhaps passed from an easier direction.

Use the “view larger map” option at bottom or to scroll right or down – to see all climbs.


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2008 Climbs

  1. 2802 metres – Cime de la Bonette (Col de la Bonette – 2715 m)
  2. 2770 metres – Col de l’Iseran
  3. 2645 metres – Col du Galibier (north side)
  4. 2645 metres – Col du Galibier (south side)
  5. 2478 metres – Nufenen Pass
  6. 2473 metres – Col du Grand St-Bernard (north side)
  7. 2473 metres – Col du Grand St-Bernard (south side)
  8. 2436 metres – Furka Pass
  9. 2413 metres – Col du Granon
  10. 2360 metres – Col d’Izoard
  11. 2340 metres – Val Thorens
  12. 2326 metres – Col de la Cayolle
  13. 2250 metres – Col d’Allos
  14. 2220 metres – Barrage d’Emosson and above
  15. 2204 metres – Col de Balme
  16. 2141 metres – La Grande Dixence
  17. 2109 metres – Col de Vars
  18. 2080 metres – Lac Besson + Col de Poutran
  19. 2070 metres – Klein Scheidegg
  20. 2058 metres – Col du Lautaret
  21. 2083 metres – Col du Mont Cenis
  22. 2067 metres – Col de la Croix de Fer
  23. 1997 metres – Col des Posettes
  24. 1992 metres – Col de la Madeleine
  25. 1989 metres – Col du Joly
  26. 1968 metres – Cormet de Roselend
  27. 1962 metres – Gross Scheidegg
  28. 1924 metres – Col du Glandon (Croix de Fer side)
  29. 1910 metres – Mont Ventoux
  30. 1850 metres – Alpe d’Huez (2x)
  31. 1830 metres – Sainte Anne la Condamine
  32. 1844 metres – Col de Pierre Carrée
  33. 1778 metres – Col de Bassachaux
  34. 1776 metres – Col de la Croix
  35. 1762 metres – Col de l’Echelle
  36. 1760 metres – Col de la Joux Verte
  37. 1728 metres – Val Pelouse

  38. 1691 metres – Col de Joux Plane (south side 2x)
  39. 1691 metres – Col de Joux Plane (north side)
  40. 1670 metres – Murren
  41. 1655 metres – Le Semnoz
  42. 1650 metres – Col des Saisies (via D218b)
  43. 1650 metres – Col des Saisies (via Crest-Voland)
  44. 1650 metres – Above Thurbach
  45. 1638 metres – Col du Mollard
  46. 1630 metres – Pra-Loup
  47. 1626 metres – Plateau des Saix
  48. 1618 metres – Col de la Colombière – north side (3x)
  49. 1618 metres – Col de la Colombière – via Romme
  50. 1615 metres – Mont Tendre
  51. 1610 metres – Mittelberg
  52. 1605 metres – Col du Méraillet
  53. 1581 metres – Col de l’Arpettaz
  54. 1566 metres – Col du Télégraphe
  55. 1546 metres – Col du Pillon (2x)
  56. 1525 metres – Verbier
  57. 1510 metres – Plateau Solaison
  58. 1504 metres – Mont du Chat
  59. 1501 metres – Col du Grand Colombier
  60. 1498 metres – Col des Aravis (2x)
  61. 1485 metres – Col de Crozet
  62. 1470 metres – Rizel
  63. 1461 metres – Col des Montets
  64. 1459 metres – Col de Villard
  65. 1449 metres – Col du Marchairuz
  66. 1447 metres – Col de la Croix Fry (west side)
  67. 1447 metres – Col de la Croix Fry (east side)
  68. 1445 metres – Col des Mosses
  69. 1440 metres – Col des Glières (west side)
  70. 1428 metres – Chalet d’Ajon
  71. 1420 metres – Col d’Aulp
  72. 1390 metres – Col de Combe Blanche
  73. 1385 metres – Lauenensee
  74. 1380 metres – Col du Sac (2x)
  75. 1379 metres – Col de la Frasse
  76. 1377 metres – Col du Plane
  77. 1371 metres – Col d’Ornon
  78. 1350 metres – Col du Merle
  79. 1340 metres – Col des Pitons (8x)
  80. 1340 metres – Le Mole
  81. 1325 metres – Col de la Biche
  82. 1323 metres – Col de la faucille
  83. 1305 metres – Chatel
  84. 1301 metres – Col de Pontis
  85. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from Collonges (8x)
  86. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from South side
  87. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from St Blaise side (7x)
  88. 1299 metres – Col de Plan Bois
  89. 1295 metres – Col de Romme
  90. 1288 metres – Col du Creux
  91. 1250 metres – Col de l’Avernaz
  92. 1241 metres – Col de Tréchauffe
  93. 1230 metres – Col du Corbier (2x)
  94. 1213 metres – Col de l’Homme Mort
  95. 1180 metres – Col du Mollendruz
  96. 1178 metres – Col de Cuvéry
  97. 1164 metres – Col des Arces (3x)
  98. 1157 metres – Col de la Forclaz de Montmin – North
  99. 1157 metres – Col de la Forclaz de Montmin – South
  100. 1143 metres – Les Plans d’Hotonnes
  101. 1142 metres – Col des Prés
  102. 1134 metres – Col du Granier
  103. 1117 metres – Col du Feu
  104. 1116 metres – Col du Cou (2x)
  105. 1115 metres – Col des Moises(2x)
  106. 1081 metres – Col de Terramont (3x)
  107. 1060 metres – Col de Richmond
  108. 1056 metres – Col de Belleroche
  109. 1054 metres – Col des Contrebandiers
  110. 1035 metres – Col du Grand Taillet
  111. 1012 metres – Col de l’Epine (Annecy)
  112. 979 metres – Col du Clergeon
  113. 977 metres – Mont Saxonnex
  114. 963 metres – Col du Perret
  115. 956 metres – Col de St Jean de Sixt
  116. 945 metres – Col de Ludran
  117. 920 metres – Col des Fleuries
  118. 917 metres – Col du Pré Vernet
  119. 897 metres – Col du Sapenay
  120. 860 metres – Golet dy Pey
  121. 860 metres – Le Tiocan

Other Cols passed along the Way

  1. 2656 metres – Col de Restefond
  2. 2220 metres – Col de la Platrière
  3. 1841 metres – Col des Tempetes
  4. 1656 metres – Col du Ranfolly
  5. 1500 metres – Col de Merdassier
  6. 1393 metres – Col du Collet
  7. 1270 metres – Col des Convers (8x)
  8. 1068 metres – Col de Macuèugne
  9. 1027 metres – Col de Jambaz
  10. 979 metres – Col de Colliard
  11. 956 metres – Col de St Jean de Sixt
  12. 900 metres – Col de Leschaux (2x)
  13. 843 metres – Col du Marais
  14. 800 metres – Col de la Croix Biche (8x)
  15. 786 metres – Col du Mont Sion (8x)
  16. 740 metres – Col de Chatillon
  17. 630 metres – Col de Bluffy
  18. 448 metres – Col de la Madeleine
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18 Comments

  1. Chilly,
    A big congratulations – this is your earliest challenge completion yet…super well done and can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store for you…

    Love,
    Doreen

  2. Congratulations:
    You’ll need a tougher challenge next year! How are you going to keep busy for the rest of this year?

    Love Mum

  3. Congratulations, Félicitations etc … :)

    I’m (a little) jealous of your list of climbs :wink:

    One new challenge possible, hard but (for me) very interesting: In 2009, you “have to” add your name on the list of Fêlés… And more: you can also do that with Ventoux and Ballon d’Alsace !

    + Please, go climb Puy de Dome on a sunny day (and other climbs in Auvergne)… :wink:

  4. WOW… I’m just tired thinking back on all those great rides. I was with you all the way… at least reading about them. So what will you do to top this? Now you have to do your best to stay fit through the Holidays! It is eating season my friend. Cheers and CONGRATS on your great accomplishments!

  5. Thanks for the messages

    Hi Mum!

    Hey Bastien, that’s an interesting suggestion. I once climbed Ballon d’Alsace from 2 sides …. but doing all three would be a very nice ride.

    But all 4 sides of Grand Colombier? Maybe 2 sides … or 3 sides. But 4 … maybe when I was your age! ;)

    All three sides of Ventoux in one day would be a great challenge ….. maybe … yes interesting ….. but I expect you to join me!!

    I promise to do Puy de Dome next year. It was on my list this year but I just never found the time.

    thanks for the great ideas

  6. Eric Verhaegen on

    I don’t believe that you are tired. This is just you trying to hide that an 160,000m challenge has become way too easy for you. And one thing is for sure…tired or not…you will keep riding till Dec 31st and then another challenge will guarantee tons of fun. And that makes you THE cycling buddy for me…I ALWAYS can count on you. Will did you notice that I did NOT say “RUNNING” buddy? :-)

    I know you don’t like the t-bike thingy, so I won’t even use the word. But what about this for a 2009 challenge : doing the same list of climbs over again, but on a fixed gear? No need for brakes in the descents. No sorry, forget about it…you have done that many times in the past. We all know that.

  7. Congratulations on reaching your climbing goal – with 2 months to spare even!

    It has been loads of fun and a privilege for me to be able to cycle with you this year Will. The slide show of pictures has brought back many great memories.

    Echoing Donald’s comment, I promise to do my best to avoid tempting you with pizza, kebab and beer post-ride now as we head into the (h)eating season here.

  8. Will,

    Just a few words to congratulate you on completing your Challenge nearly two months before the end of the year! Great, great performance! If you keep riding until the end of December, it will give you a good idea of how many meters of vertical ascent you should cycle in 2009… Speaking about your next Challenge and given what you accomplished, I think it is time to be more ambitious… ;-)

    Three years ago, while trekking through the Himalaya, I did cross (not on a bike!) Khardung La Pass, which is considered nothing less than the highest motorable point in the world – 18380 ft or around 5600 meters above sea level, according to the local authorities. Could be interesting, to do it on a bicycle, no?
    Consider this just as a contribution to the debate regarding your 2009 Challenge, ok? ;-)

    Last but not least, I have to say that it has been quite a deception, not to be able (the fault is all on me!) to find time to ride with you in 2008. Since I completed my own little Challenge this year (I finished my 100 different passes list to be able to be part of the “Club des Cent Cols” – this crazy brotherhood of mountain cyclists), I do already know what one of my 2009 Challenges is going to be: find the time to cycle up some crazy col or series of cols in your august company.

    With my best regards,

    Nicholas

  9. Thanks again for the kind messages.

    Nicholas, your Himalaya trip sounds like a great idea. Can I hire a Sherpa to pedal for me? :)

    Congrats on joining the Club des Cent Cols!

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  11. Will.
    Very very impressive, both the cycling and the consistently good blogging. Hope to make down to Geneva next year and perhaps we could hook up for a ride.
    Thomas

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