This blog is now 12 years old. I understand that the “age of the blog” is long gone and most people use social media instead. But I will continue posting here at Cycling Challenge for another year. 🙂
Here are my 10 favourite rides of 2016.
Unlike 12 years ago (when I challenged myself to cycle 10,000 kms), happily I don’t really need a formal challenge to motivate me to bike. These days, I love riding as much as possible.
But, in keeping with tradition, here is my 2017 Cycling Challenge:
Cycle 100 Different Cols
New stuff, old stuff. Just enjoy the ride. I try never to forget to re-visit the great stuff – especially when it’s close to home. Happiness is a good Col sign photo.
Cycle the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix Sportives
In 2016, I “retired” from sportives. But some friends have convinced me to join them and make my first ever trip north to visit the famous cobbles of Roubaix and Flanders. Yikes. Not certain what bike I’ll use. But it should be
bumpy fun. I might or might not do an Alps sportive or two. Something scenic and small perhaps.
Find 20 “Good” New Routes
It gets harder every year to find new roads but I am always making lists and still have plenty of ideas – especially off the beaten track. But suggestions always welcome!
A Few Big Rides in Austria
My one big 2016 Challenge failure was not getting to Austria. I had a trip planned but cancelled at the last moment due to weather.
I’ve only ever ridden there once, riding a Tour de Suisse sportive up to the Retttenbachgletscher. I’ve got lots of ideas, and will do my best to visit in 2017. I can also now speak (absolutely terrible) German.
Cycle a big climb to see the sunrise
I haven’t decided where yet, but I’ve done Ventoux twice at dawn with a big group, and almost died of fear cycling Galibier once alone in the dark. It’s great fun. Time to try again.
A few more rides with friends
This was in my 2016 Challenge as well. I am a bit of a cheerful loner on a bike. But it’s always fun to ride with good friends, and of course my wonderful wife Doreen.
A few photos of friends from 2016.
Happy New Year!