The other day:
Yes, age is catching up on me. The Doctors have told me I should ride but i have some arthrosis in the knee that can be painful. So instead of my usual slightly over-the-top annual challenge, I am planning on riding less often and even more slowly — while still enjoying the great alpine outdoors
1. 50 Great Rides.
I have some ideas for new routes / climbs and I’ll visit some of the old classics as usual. I won’t blog every ride, just the special ones.
2. Cycle the Maratona dles Dolomites
Me and the boys from St Etienne won entries into this fantastic event after three straight years of losing the lottery. I rode it with Martin in 2009. It is easily the best run, most beautiful event I have ever completed.
No clue if my leg will hold up, but there is a short loop option of just doing the Sella Ronda.
My brave wife Doreen has set a goal of riding the Sella Ronda the day after the race, and this has the potential to be the best day of the year on a bike.
How’s it going so far?
I’ve been doing cardio in the gym for a month and have had a few easy outdoor rides. And this week ….. did my first climb in quite some months. A beautiful snowy ride up Mont Saleve (photo at top).
The first col of the year:
For details on all five routes up my home mountain – Mont Salève – see here.
Hopefully my first of 50 great rides.
Happy new year.