At present is the top of the seventeenth 12 months of this weblog and thus the top of my seventeenth annual biking problem. How did I do versus my 2021 Biking Problem (particulars right here)? Effectively … there’s some excellent news and a few dangerous information.
For apparent causes I didn’t stray removed from dwelling fairly often. And issues from my neck/backbone fracture a few years in the past has made very lengthy rides tough. However I stayed lively, biking 250 occasions and mountain climbing greater than a 100 occasions in 2021.
The Good Information:
I did obtain my major objective of 160,200 metres of vertical ascent.
Keep in mind: there are 525,600 minutes a 12 months. Climb one foot a minute. 525,600 toes = 160,200 metres).
The Unhealthy Information:
However I failed in my different objectives as I solely had a handful of rides that didn’t start and finish at my dwelling. So I actually failed at my objective of biking up 100 totally different cols. BUT, I should have a minimum of a 100 rides that included my native Col du Mont Sion. 🙂 Above the col are a number of unpaved routes up and throughout Mont Sion and I visited them usually in 2021:
Favorite Rides of the 12 months
1. La Barillette at Dawn
One other a part of my 2021 problem was “At the least one nice dawn experience.” Success!
Other than my spouse, I not often rode with anybody else this 12 months. However I met up with my nice buddies Tim and Richard in October to cycle as much as La Barillette for the dawn. Wooohooo! Fabulous views of the distant Alps have been the reward for the early begin at the hours of darkness. Particulars right here.
2. Cormet de Roselend by way of Col du Pré
Ridden simply earlier than the Dauphiné. Keep in mind, by way of Col du Pré is one of the simplest ways as much as Roselend as you get to experience throughout the rattling dam. Particulars right here.
3. Plenty of rides with my spouse
I had fairly a number of rides with my great spouse. All the time enjoyable.
4. Rides above the clouds
Autumn the place I dwell can usually be darkish, foggy, and overcast. But when one cycles excessive sufficient it’s usually doable to search out the solar above the clouds.
I do know 2021 was a difficult 12 months for nearly everybody. For me, the important thing to happiness and well-being is train. I simply really feel higher not simply throughout but additionally after a enjoyable bike experience. I’m unhappy to not have achieved all of my 2021 Biking Problem – however am happy I stayed lively.
I want everybody a Happier New 12 months. Be effectively.