2021 can be the seventeenth yr of my foolish annual biking challenges. Again in 2005, I used to be an occasional bicycle owner and challenged myself to journey 10,000 kilometres. Now I’m hooked on driving my bike.
See right here for my 2020 Biking Problem outcomes.
I need to admit that I’ve come near ending this weblog after this miserable yr. Me on twitter a number of hours in the past. 🙂
I’m contemplating ending my weblog and easily posting photographs of “benches with a view” 🙂 pic.twitter.com/hiCNoBWGKV
— cyclingchallenge (@cyclingalps) December 31, 2020
However fuck it. Sure, 2020 sucked. However let’s have some hope. Plus, I want the motivation. Let’s begin over. I’m going to do the very same Problem as 2020!
So right here is my easy, but hopeful, 2021 Biking Problem:
160,200 Metres of Vertical Ascent
After I was a child rising up in Canada, we switched from Imperial to Metric. So I’m vaguely “bilingual.” 160,200 is a magic quantity for me.
- 525,600 minutes in a yr
- 525,600 toes = 160,200 metres.
So mainly climb a foot for each minute of the yr.
I like biking slowly uphill, typically unpaved. Personally, I desire monitoring ascent greater than distance or velocity. And I reside in a hilly area.
20 New Climbs
I like exploring. I believe one factor folks like about this website is after I publish fascinating routes that aren’t well-known – paved or unpaved. I’ve had a number of time this yr to plan a number of concepts. 🙂
In 2020, “La Route de la Soif through Col de l’Arpettaz” was most likely the journey the place I obtained probably the most emails or messages from people who went on to journey the route after me (and cherished it).
BONUS CHALLENGE: Discover a number of new climbs that I can add to this favorite outdated publish: Forty of the Highest Unpaved Biking “Roads” within the Alps
Cycle 100 Completely different Cols
Selection is the spice of life. COVID restrictions prevented me from finishing this objective in 2020. Hopefully, 2021 will probably be higher. I like discovering new cols in addition to revisiting nice outdated associates.
At the very least one nice dawn journey
Hopefully, with my buddy Tim. Half the enjoyable is brainstorming possibility. It must be an incredible climb with good views in direction of the rising solar. See right here for a number of favourites from the previous:
Extra Adventures with Doreen
I like biking (and climbing) with my great spouse. She isn’t a motorcycle fanatic like me however has an extended record of accomplishments (Galibier, Ventoux, Iseran, Alpe d’Huez, and so forth. and so forth.) at all times climbed with a smile. Hopefully, we will plan a number of extra adventures.
Our greatest journeys have been exploring the countless community of Burgundy canals (site visitors free and peaceable). However hmmmm, I’ve at all times wished to point out her Colle del Nivolet?!?
I’ll simply repeat what I stated final yr:
I’ve a number of different concepts. I’d prefer to get above 3000 metres once more. I’d prefer to journey at the very least one of many many signed, multi-day, grande-traversée mountain bike routes in France. I’ve a by no means ending record of cols I hope to go to. and so forth. However I’ll depart all these concepts as potential upside for the upcoming yr.
I hope everybody has success with no matter biking challenges you will have.
Blissful Higher New 12 months!