Happy New Year! It’s time for yet another annual cycling challenge.
2011 was the first time I didn’t achieve my challenge, almost 6 depressing months off the bike due to injury. But I haven’t quite retired yet.
The 2012 theme will be to enjoy every minute on the bike.
My 2012 Cycling Challenge:
#1 Cycle 100 Different Cols / Climbs*
In 2011, I still managed over 90 Cols excluding repeats – many admittedly smallish – with several in single rides. So this isn’t perhaps too challenging – assuming I stay healthy. But I hope to add some fairly big climbs to my list (see below) as well as revisit some old favourites. And if I happen to make it up a few more then all the better.
Happiness is a Col photo:
* For example, Alpe d’Huez isn’t a pass but it would count.
#2 No distance, altitude, or even weight goals!
Remember, it’s all about fun. I have learned that rest days make the harder days better. Plus, I want to cross-country ski and hike without feeling any pressure to hit some sort of arbitrary cycling target.
#3 I will not train for any cyclosportives.
Sensing a theme? I may well do a few. Especially more relaxed ones like The Gruyère Cycling Tour or l’Ardéchoise. But I am not killing myself in spring for another Marmotte. I just want to try and stay healthy and enjoy.
Me not in last place during the Maratona dles Dolomites:
#4 Enjoy riding with friends and Doreen.
I am looking forward to climbing some big cols with old and new friends.
And despite my Belgian domestique having a lovely new daughter, I fully expect him to drag me up a huge mountain or two while also carrying the beer:
Most importantly, I can’t wait to be Doreen’s domestique as she cheerfully bags a few more big Cols:
#5 Climb some big stuff for the first time
Don’t worry, I have a huge list of “hope-to-climb” mountains that I have yet to conquer. In 2012, I plan to shorten this list a little.
I am not going to be fanatical about doing all of them. But some of the bigger potential targets include:
Otterepass pass, Lac d’hongrin, Col Agnel, Col du Parpaillon, Col des Champs, Col du Turini, Col du Solude, Luz Ardiden, Hautacam, Cirque de Gavarnie, GrossGlockner, Zoncolan, Col de Fréjus, etc. Just to name a very few.
So with high hopes, here’s wishing everyone a Happy Cycling New Year.