In the present day is the top of the seventeenth yr 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)? Properly … there’s some excellent news and a few unhealthy information.
For apparent causes I didn’t stray removed from house fairly often. And issues from my neck/backbone fracture a few years in the past has made very lengthy rides troublesome. However I stayed lively, biking 250 occasions and mountain climbing greater than a 100 occasions in 2021.
The Good Information:
I did obtain my main objective of 160,200 metres of vertical ascent.
Bear in mind: there are 525,600 minutes a yr. Climb one foot a minute. 525,600 ft = 160,200 metres).
The Dangerous Information:
However I failed in my different targets as I solely had a handful of rides that didn’t start and finish at my house. So I definitely failed at my objective of biking up 100 completely different cols. BUT, I will need to 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 typically in 2021:
Favorite Rides of the 12 months
1. La Barillette at Dawn
One other a part of my 2021 problem was “No less than one nice dawn trip.” Success!
Other than my spouse, I not often rode with anybody else this yr. However I met up with my nice associates Tim and Richard in October to cycle as much as La Barillette for the dawn. Wooohooo! Fabulous views of the distant Alps had been the reward for the early begin at nighttime. Particulars right here.
2. Cormet de Roselend by way of Col du Pré
Ridden simply earlier than the Dauphiné. Bear in mind, by way of Col du Pré is one of the best ways as much as Roselend as you get to trip throughout the rattling dam. Particulars right here.
3. A lot of rides with my spouse
I had fairly a couple of rides with my fantastic spouse. At all times enjoyable.
4. Rides above the clouds
Autumn the place I stay can typically be darkish, foggy, and overcast. But when one cycles excessive sufficient it’s typically doable to search out the solar above the clouds.
I do know 2021 was a difficult yr for nearly everybody. For me, the important thing to happiness and well-being is train. I simply really feel higher not simply throughout but in addition after a enjoyable bike trip. 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 properly.