Happy New Year!
I appreciate all the support from people last year when I considered ending the website given how the world has moved to social media. But I realised I’d keep writing this blog even with zero readers. Because for me it’s like a personal journal.
As in recent years, I expect that 75% of my rides will continue to be on gravel/unpaved roads. I just enjoy the solitude. I’ll also continue to ride a lot more locally than I used to. I am lucky to have so many interesting options from home, including numerous routes up my home mountain Mont Salève.
See here for how I did versus my 2018 Cycling Challenge.
This year’s challenge will be similar to last year’s – a good thing I believe. Anyway, without further ado.
My 2019 Cycling Challenge:
Cycle 100 Different Cols
This helps remind me to visit old “friends” that I’ve cycled many times – while continuing the never-ending search for fun new climbs.
Find 20 “Good” New Climbs
This gets harder and harder every year, but the Alps are a big place, and I have lots of ideas – both paved and unpaved. I enjoy few things as much as cycling a worthwhile big climb for the first time.
Another Ride Above 3000 Metres
I’ve managed to cycle above 3000 metres seven times and each was a truly memorable experience. I have a few ideas for 2019 like the Theodul Pass beside the Matterhorn (3285 metres). But I need to stare at some maps and make a plan. Again suggestions welcome.
See here for 25 of the highest unpaved roads in Europe including several above 3000m.
More Gravel Touring
I have very little experience with here-to-there touring but twice in 2018 I filled a back-pack and headed out for a few days. Both were all time highlights of my alps cycling life.
I have a few ideas, and hope to do a few trips, perhaps one or two for longer than last year. I’m certain this will include some adventures in Piemonte along the Italian/French border, perhaps something in Switzerland, and as usual, I’ll stare at a bunch of maps all over the Alps (and Juras/Massif Central/Vosges). We’ll see.
Another Big Climb to See the Sunrise
In 2017, Steel Wheeler buddy Tim and I cycled up Grand Colombier in the dark to reach the summit for a glorious sunrise. It was one of the highlights of the year. In 2018, we cycled to Cime de la Bonette for a chilly but beautiful sunrise. In previous years I’ve visited Ventoux, and Galibier to see the day begin. It’s now a tradition.
We’re busy brainstorming possible summits with commanding south/east views. Suggestions welcome.
More Adventures with my Wife
It’s good to be in love with your wife.
I don’t often blog about Doreen, so here are some of my favourite cycling photos with her from 2018.
Happy New Year and good luck to everyone with your “Cycling Challenges.”