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 unhealthy 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 troublesome. However I stayed lively, biking 250 occasions and climbing greater than a 100 occasions in 2021.
The Good Information:
I did obtain my major purpose 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 Dangerous 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 definitely failed at my purpose of biking up 100 completely different cols. BUT, I should have at the least 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 “A minimum of one nice dawn journey.” Success!
Aside from my spouse, I not often rode with anybody else this 12 months. However I met up with my nice mates 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 midnight. Particulars right here.
2. Cormet de Roselend through Col du Pré
Ridden simply earlier than the Dauphiné. Keep in mind, through Col du Pré is the easiest way as much as Roselend as you get to journey throughout the rattling dam. Particulars right here.
3. A number of rides with my spouse
I had fairly a couple of rides with my great spouse. All the time enjoyable.
4. Rides above the clouds
Autumn the place I reside 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 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 journey. 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.