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!