Happy New Year! 2020 will be year sixteen of this blog.
I feel exactly the same as I did last January when I wrote:
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.
At this point, I love cycling so much – and miss it so much when injured – that I don’t need an annual goal for motivation. But these silly annual challenges help give me an idea framework for the year.
See here for the results of My 2019 Cycling Challenge.
Anyway, here is My 2020 Cycling Challenge.
I am still struggling after my August crash. I can ride, but I need to reign in my short-term ambitions in terms of length and bumpiness (mtb). Frankly, sitting and walking hurt more than cycling. I am working on finding the right rehab/therapy plan as well as fixing the ergonomics of my life. Don’t worry, I’ll get there. Hopefully, I’ll be at full strength by spring. Bah! Talking about injuries/rehab is boring, so my apologies. But I need to be responsible.
160,200 Metres of Vertical Ascent
When I was a kid growing up in Canada, we switched from Imperial to Metric. So I am vaguely “bilingual.” 160,200 is a magic number for me.
- 525,600 minutes in a year
- 525,600 feet = 160,200 metres.
So basically climb a foot for every minute of the year. At 8 am on January first I got out of bed and was already 480 feet behind schedule! This is a big target but not too crazy given all my local rides are by definition hilly. I have managed either side of 200,000 metres a year in recent years (178,000m in 2019). This will be a good goal that I can target while doing lots of shorter rides early in the year.
20 New Climbs
I like exploring and finding new routes/climbs. I assume readers are less interested in articles about well-known routes to super-famous roads like Passo dello Stelvio than hearing about an unpaved Stelvio option over an even higher col.
Instead of writing about the usual route up Galibier, I enjoy finding an even higher col with the same start point that is so unknown I held the Strava KOM (because no-one else had ridden it).
I have a few goods ideas for 2020. 🙂
Cycle 100 Different Cols
Variety is the spice of life. Enough said.
At least one great sunrise ride.
Hopefully, with my friend Tim. Half the fun is brainstorming a good option. It needs to be a great climb with perfect views towards the rising sun. A few favourites from the past:
More Adventures with Doreen
I love cycling and hiking with my wife. She’s not a cycling maniac like me, but she’s managed many of the famous climbs in France (Galibier, Bonette, Iseran, Joux Plane, Ventoux, Roselend, Colombière, etc). In 2020, we’ll try and do a few big bike-only days together as well as our usual hiking, local rides, city-bike trips, and flatter canal rides. Fun.
I have lots of other ideas. I’d like to get above 3000 metres again. I’d like to ride at least one of the many signed, multi-day, grande-traversée mountain bike routes in France. I have a never ending list of cols I hope to visit. etc. But I’ll leave all these ideas as potential upside for the upcoming year.
I hope everyone has success with whatever cycling challenges you may have. Stay healthy. Happy New Year!