Happy New Year!
Twelve months ago, my 2012 Challenge was filled with hope – ” I hope I am healthy.” Happily, in the end, 2012 ended up being the most I have ever climbed on a bike, and a truly fabulous year.
I’ve done a few year-end posts summarizing 2012:
Without further ado, My 2013 Cycling Challenge:
#1 Cycle 150 Unique Cols/Climbs*
This should keep me hopping. Alternate sides count, but repeats don’t. I don’t have an exact number, but I was somewhere approaching 200 in 2012. In 2013, I will re-visit the usual fun stuff near me, and continue to search out new stuff a little further a field.
As usual, I’ll generally use a road bike, but I also hope to continue finding new, high altitude, non-paved climbs, that I enjoyed so much in 2012. I’ll try to get above 3000 metres again, at least once.
As usual, I’ll
cheat ride a few col-hunting loops to pad my stats (16! in one ride)
I was going to make the target 200, but I don’t want a silly number to dissuade me from cross-country skiing, hiking, or huge climbs with only a single col.
* For example, Alpe d’Huez isn’t a pass but it would count.
#2 No distance or Ascent Goals
They just stress me out. I’d rather look for good routes, take my time, and enjoy:
We’ll see. Possibly one or two, but maybe none. One of my few cycling skills is finding and enjoying super quiet roads – often more fun than riding with the masses. Plus my horrendous descending skills usually put half the peloton at risk. We lost the Maratona dles Dolomites lottery again, bah – this is the one big Cyclosportive I’d gladly ride again.
However, me and the St. Etienne boys have registered for Ventoux Night Sessions again. We participated in 2011 and it was perhaps the funnest organized event I have ever ridden.
Additionally, after the success of my solo night ride up Galibier to see the sunrise, I may try a similar stunt again. Hopefully with a friend to stop me from being afraid of the dark.
#4 More Rides with Friends
I especially need to convince my Belgian Domestique, Eric, to occasionally neglect his beautiful new daughter and ride with me again. It looks likely that Jens will visit the Alps from Sweden again (!), and I am certain I’ll be riding with the boys from St. Etienne a few times. I have tentative “plans” with a few other people – should be fun.
Eric, back when he rode a bike:
If you like my blog, my friends Bastien and Simon – serious Col hunters – have a great web site – Cycols – that you will love. Even if you don’t speak French, go visit for the fabulous photos and routes (Central Massif, Juras, Alps, Pyrenées, etc.).
#5 Lots of Rides with the
2012 Doreen Pics:
I have been informed that Doreen has her own 2013 Cycling Challenge: To train for a week touring in Italy (location to-be-determined).