2014 was my 10th annual Cycling Challenge. If nothing else, I respond to New Year resolutions! It was the first time I hadn’t “announced” my annual goals on Jan 1st as I had been several months off the bike at the time (old man knee!), and was a little depressed.
But things improved, and by February I was doing my slow, uphill thing as usual. Still my 2014 Challenge was more hopeful than ambitious: 50 Great Rides, and somehow get fit enough to complete the Maratona dles Dolomites – perhaps the most beautiful and best run cyclo-sportive in Europe.
Ultimately, the knee stopped being annoying, I managed far more than 50 great rides, completed the Maratona, became addicted to mountain biking up Alps, and had my biggest climbing year ever (Strava says just over 200,000 metres vertical) – perhaps 80 or so Cols/climbs for the first time. And I now speak almost mediocre Italian. Fantastico!
I recently blogged my favourite climbs of the year:
As usual, thanks to my beautiful, wonderful, and supportive wife Doreen.
My “Comeback” Ride (February):
Cross Country Skiing at Flaine (March)
Torino City Bike – Doreen (April)
Monte Grappa Bike Day (May)
Above Lac de Roselend (June)
“Winning” La Maratona dles Dolomites with Philippe (July)
A Beer at 2350 metres (August)
Snow in the Swiss Alps (September)
Col du Joly (October)
Mont Salève Autumn Hairpins (November)
Chartreuse de Pomier (December)
A Gallery of favourites: