Happy New Year!
It’s time for my 7th annual cycling challenge.
2010 results here.
#1 – Climb 100 Different Cols / Climbs*
Yes, the same main goal as 2010. It’s what I like to do: Explore the mountains while cycling uphill.
– At least 20 Cols over 2,000 metres (this is perhaps the hardest part of the challenge)
– 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.
Along with the usual big climbs near me, I hope to get back to the French Pyrénées, somewhere in Italy, as well as the south Alps (Agnel, Champs, Turini, etc, for the first time).
* For example, Alpe d’Huez isn’t a pass but it would count.
#2 – Cycle above 3000 metres
At least once.
The highest paved road in Europe is approximately 2800 metres, so this challenge won’t be cycled with a road bike. The highest I have ever cycled is 2802 metres — Cime de la Bonette.
I have a few ideas with Col du Sommeiler (on the Italian/French border above the Fréjus tunnel) at 3005m being the lead candidate. Hopefully, I can do a couple more. Although it may not be until late July for the snow to be cleared.
Please feel free to offer any suggestions – (or to come join me)..
#3 – Cycle a double metric century via L’Etape du Tour
I have never cycled 200 kms before. But I have registered for the 208 kilometre 2011 Etape du Tour on July 18th. Details here.
This very hilly course replicates Stage 9 of the 2011 Tour de France. I am really looking forward to this.
Training for this should keep me scared / motivated.
I’ll do one or two cyclosportives in May / June as preparation.
And (excitingly), Philippe has decided that we need to do a Mont Ventoux event again. We have signed up for the June 2011 “Ventoux Night Session” – details here. Sounds like a lot of fun, although I am not sure how we get down afterwards?!?
#4 – Weight Goal
I finished 2010 several pounds lighter than 2009. I plan to finish 2011 no heavier than today, and hopefully a touch lighter.
No Distance or Ascent Goals??
Similar to last year, I am going to avoid a distance or ascent goal. In previous years this had led me to avoid hiking, skiing, and cross country skiing – all of which I really enjoy. In fact, I’ll add a minor challenge to do 250 kms of cross-country skiing – weather permitting.
And Most Importantly:
I look forward to enjoying more fun rides with good friends.
A special thanks to my brave and supportive wife – see her top 10 climbs here.
And of course to my good friend Eric who patiently waits for me on so many climbs and takes so many great photos.
Happy New Year!