My 2010 Cycling ChallengeBy Will • Jan 1st, 2010 • Category: Challenge Update, Cycling, The Challenge
Happy New Year!
It’s time for my 6th annual cycling challenge.
2009 results here.
MY 2010 CYCLING CHALLENGE:
#1 – Climb 100 Different Cols
Yes, the same main goal as 2009. It’s what I like to do: Explore the mountains while cycling uphill.
Climb at least 100 different Cols (mountain passes) or other big climbs.*
– At least 20 Cols over 2000 metres
– At least 30 new climbs (it’s getting very hard to find new stuff near home)
– Repeat climbs won’t count, but the other side of big climbs is fine.
– little Cols won’t count although I’ll track them
Along with the usual big climbs near me, I hope to get back to the French Pyrénées and the Dolomites in Italy.
* For example, Alpe d’Huez isn’t a pass but it would count.
#2 – One Metric Century per Month
This is a bit harder than it sounds as there aren’t really flat rides here.
And given that before June 2007 I had NEVER done a metric century, this should keep me a little tense. I have a few good 80 and 90 kilometre loops that will need to be lengthened.
Somehow in 2005 I cycled 10,000 kms without even once doing a 100 km ride
#3 – Cycle La Marmotte (again!?!?)
Yikes. I am a little scared of this idea, but have already registered – and I am too cheap to not show up.
By far the toughest ride of my life was the 2008 La Marmotte. 174 kilometres and 5000 metres vertical. Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Galibier via Télégraphe, and then the “easiest”
climb of the day: Alpe d’Huez.
The difficulty is daunting enough, but equally for me, the 40+ kilometre descent from Galibier to the base of Alpe d’Huez through 10 tunnels is terrifying.
Training for this should keep me motivated.
I am hoping that some of my cycling partners will sign up as well (hint, hint).
#4 – Weight Goal
A Big Thanks!
I just wanted to again say a big “Thanks” to Doreen and everyone else that has tolerated my “Challenges” and given me so much encouragement.
These silly challenges keep me motivated, fitter and (generally) cheerful.
I have accumulated an ever growing collection of memorable experiences. And the best memories are those achieved with friends.