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My 2020 Biking Problem – Outcomes – My Biking Problem

12 months 16 of this weblog and my foolish annual biking challenges. It was clearly a reasonably awful yr. First, let me want everybody effectively. Right here’s to a greater new yr.

KOM Masked Hay Browsing

After all, 2020 was a wierd biking yr for me. Zero in a single day journeys and few formidable new rides. However I undoubtedly used biking as a method of managing my private well-being. The after results of train are extremely underrated and at any time when I felt down, I went pedaling.

Listed here are the outcomes versus my 2020 Biking Problem.

160,200 Metres of Vertical Ascent
  • 525,600 minutes in a yr
  • 525,600 toes = 160,200 metres.

So mainly climb a foot for each minute of the yr.

SUCCESS! Mainly, I get pleasure from biking slowly uphill on quiet routes. I primarily cycled from house, often on hilly unpaved native roads. I’m fortunate to dwell straight under the very attention-grabbing Mont Salève. I cycled its many routes and the a lot smaller Mont Sion rather a lot. So whereas my distance totals had been decrease than typical, I achieved my ascent aim.

In the course of the November French lockdown, it was inconceivable to cycle as we had been required to remain inside a kilometre of house. I missed my bike.

Some 2020 Mont Salève photographs:

Final week. Mont Blanc in distance.
Get Wholesome

August 2019 I fractured my neck and backbone on an area experience. Much less severe than it sounds but it surely’s been a battle. I nonetheless have ache and discomfort as I seek for an answer. However I can train, so let’s transfer on.

20 New Climbs

I failed this a part of my problem. I did handle a number of enjoyable new routes. The highlights:

  • An unpaved route up Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier. Particulars.
  • An unpaved route above the principle path to Col de la Madeleine. Particulars.
  • Col de Sapey through Les Lacets de Montvernier. Particulars.
  • Col de Sapey!
  • La Route de la Soif through the 42 hairpins of Col de l’Arpettaz. Particulars.
  • La Route de la Soif
    Cycle 100 Totally different Cols

    Whereas I may need cycled my native Col du Mont Sion 100 instances, I failed at this problem. I consider I managed 70 distinct cols – with some “dishonest.”

    Dishonest? In the course of the first French lockdown, March – Could, I used to be motivated however confined. So I rode roughly 30 cols on the house coach. On this put up I detailed my lockdown actions – I particularly loved BigRingVR.com software program. So whereas I completely hate the coach, I did get to just about go to Stelvio, Mallorca, Galibier, Swiss and Austrian Alps, and many others. 🙂

    Moo !
    No less than one nice dawn experience.

    Woohoo, a dawn experience has grow to be an annual custom, particularly with my nice buddy Tim. This yr we saved it easy and rode the steep Le Coin facet of Mont Salève in the dead of night to see the dawn up excessive. This was my final in-person interplay with a buddy (!!!) … and it was a enjoyable one. Particulars. Thanks Tim.

    Extra Adventures with Doreen

    The love of my life. My spouse has been my saviour in 2020. She retains me cheerful and sane. We spend a variety of time climbing collectively however we managed a number of rides too. The spotlight was a go to to Lac du Bourget (largest lake totally in France) and Col du Chat. Particulars.

    Sure, Doreen likes to hay surf too!
    Favorite Rides of the 12 months?

    Listed here are three different nice rides not talked about above.

    1. Col des Annes through Col de la Colombière 4 Col Loop – particulars. An outstanding route climbing the well-known north facet of Col de la Colombière after which increased unpaved.

    Digital camera resting on Col des Annes summit signal.

    2. Col du Joly – particulars. A favorite climb within the shadow of Mont Blanc – on a sunny day with some snow up excessive.

    3. Plateau des Glières and Above – particulars.

    Closing Ideas

    I feel we’re all relieved that 2020 is ending. Hopefully, issues enhance. I do know I haven’t posted a lot not too long ago and the November strict lockdown with no biking was not enjoyable – I hiked rather a lot, in small circles. However attempting to remain match retains me cheerful. And my foolish challenges hold me motivated. 🙂

    All the perfect to you. Higher New 12 months!


    Yesterday. Way more enjoyable than the house coach.
    The annual Santa experience


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