Nov 25 – Today, on a crisp, cold, sunny day, I completed my 2007 challenge to cycle 160,00 metres of vertical ascent (about 525,000 feet or one foot for every minute of the year).
My always enthusiastic and supportive wife was out to film this (to me at least) big event and to open the champagne. I must admit I spilled most of it while riding.
Ever since 2005, If nothing else, my silly challenges have motivated me to cycle far more than I otherwise would – especially during the cold months.
Making a public declaration means failure is not an option. It’s helped me lose weight and even on the worst weather days, I always feel much happier for having ridden.
This year’s challenge really suited me, as I love to explore the endless great climbs near me in the Alps and Jura mountains. As I recently explained to a friend, often much of the enjoyment comes after the climb – the sense of accomplishment and the memories.
A few favorite photos from the year (click to enlarge).
My 2005 challenge of 10,000 kms took until Christmas day – but fear of a snowy December meant I tried to stay a little ahead of schedule this year.
My 2008 Challenge will be announced January 1st. Any suggestions?