Author: Will

Happiest while cycling uphill.

36.3 km. On a recovery day I try and keep my heart rate down using my Polar 720i Heart Rate Monitor. I know it’s pathetic but when someone passes me on a hill during a recovery day, I find it almost impossible to keep to a slower pace and let him pass. Today I was a little more mature than usual and let him go on by with a simple “Bonjour.” Total distance 295.7 km Total Ascent: 4,163 metres Total Calories: 11,215 will-davies.com

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GPS photo of yesterday’s ride. The color of the track indicates altitude changes. You can see that it’s quite flat (red) beside the lake, and it’s pretty clear where the climb starts. Image produced using my Etrex Vista C GPS along with www.GPSvisualizer.com

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– Lake Annecy below 53.0 km. Biked my first col (mountain pass) this year – the short but steep Col de la Forclaz (Haute Savoie, France). It is only about 9 km of climb but averages about a 9% grade with one full kilometer a leg crushing 11.5% grade. Below, I watched the 2004 Tour up this climb. The last time I climbed this Col was July 2004 the day of the Tour de France. The climb was swampeed with people, caravans, cars, etc. It was the second last climb on the day that Armstrong came from nowhere to beat…

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It’s late December 2005. I am getting my bike gear on. I am going out for a quick thousand km ride to try and meet my 10,000km goal. Cold sweats! I better get out there now. 61.1 km. Beautifuly sunny day, cool and crisp – even better than yesterday. 4 Celsius. For a Tuesday, there were lots of cyclists out. On a big hill accelerated to catch a guy a little bit ahead. Blew past him only to discover he was about 60. Pretty fit. Total distance 206.5 km Total Ascent: 2,289 metres Total Calories: 7,560 will-davies.com

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56.8 km – Beautifuly day – cold, crisp and clear. Biked northwest of Geneva to Farges and Thoiry hoping the higher ground would give me a better view of the Alps. And what a view- see picture. Stopped mid-ride at McDonalds’s for a snack – that should slow any weight loss. I gave up a day of skiing to keep the km’s clicking – this could become a bit of a dilemma. Great ride though. Total distance: 145.4km Total Ascent: 1.6km Total Calories: 5,370 Visit My Web Site

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43.9km. I love cycling. But on days like today – dark, wet, cold, a little windy – it is just plain hard to get out the door. But whenever I do get out the door and onto my bike I am almost always glad I did. One of the main reasons for me making this challenge is to help me get off my backside when I just feel like being lazy. Muddy ride today. The roads were too wet and slick for my road bike. Once I got a little dirty, I kept choosing paths that are undoable on my…

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I am an avid biker. Living in Switzerland I especially enjoy biking up mountains. In fact, my favorite thing to do during the summer do is to bike up roads in ski resorts, and take the cable car or chair lft down. As a new years resoloution I have decided to challenge my self to bike 10,000 kilometers in 2005. 44.7km – Cold! O degress celsius, but luckily no wind. My neighbour looks at me like I am a fool as I get my bike out. GPS is ready, ear warmers are on, the sun is shining, wooohoooo. The goal…

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