2021 can be the seventeenth yr of my foolish annual biking challenges. Again in 2005, I used to be an occasional bike owner and challenged myself to trip 10,000 kilometres. Now I’m hooked on driving my bike.
See right here for my 2020 Biking Problem outcomes.
I have to admit that I’ve come near ending this weblog after this miserable yr. Me on twitter a couple of hours in the past. 🙂
I’m contemplating ending my weblog and easily posting pictures 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 ft = 160,200 metres.
So mainly climb a foot for each minute of the yr.
I like biking slowly uphill, usually unpaved. Personally, I want monitoring ascent greater than distance or pace. And I reside in a hilly area.
20 New Climbs
I like exploring. I feel one factor individuals like about this website is after I submit attention-grabbing routes that aren’t well-known – paved or unpaved. I’ve had a lot of time this yr to plan a couple of concepts. 🙂
In 2020, “La Route de la Soif through Col de l’Arpettaz” was in all probability the trip the place I acquired probably the most emails or messages from those who went on to trip the route after me (and beloved it).
BONUS CHALLENGE: Discover a couple of new climbs that I can add to this favorite previous submit: 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 purpose in 2020. Hopefully, 2021 can be higher. I like discovering new cols in addition to revisiting nice previous pals.
No less than one nice dawn trip
Hopefully, with my buddy Tim. Half the enjoyable is brainstorming an excellent choice. It must be an awesome climb with good views in the direction of the rising solar. See right here for a couple of favourites from the previous:
Extra Adventures with Doreen
I like biking (and mountaineering) with my fantastic spouse. She is just not a motorbike fanatic like me however has a protracted record of accomplishments (Galibier, Ventoux, Iseran, Alpe d’Huez, and many others. and many others.) all the time climbed with a smile. Hopefully, we will plan a couple of extra adventures.
Our greatest journeys have been exploring the infinite community of Burgundy canals (site visitors free and peaceable). However hmmmm, I’ve all the time needed to indicate her Colle del Nivolet?!?
I’ll simply repeat what I mentioned final yr:
I’ve a lot of different concepts. I’d prefer to get above 3000 metres once more. I’d prefer to trip 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 many others. 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.
Glad Higher New 12 months!