In the present day is the tip of the seventeenth yr of this weblog and thus the tip of my seventeenth annual biking problem. How did I do versus my 2021 Biking Problem (particulars right here)? Nicely … there’s some excellent news and a few dangerous information.
For apparent causes I didn’t stray removed from residence fairly often. And issues from my neck/backbone fracture a few years in the past has made very lengthy rides tough. However I stayed energetic, biking 250 instances and mountain climbing greater than a 100 instances in 2021.
The Good Information:
I did obtain my major aim of 160,200 metres of vertical ascent.
Bear in mind: there are 525,600 minutes a yr. Climb one foot a minute. 525,600 toes = 160,200 metres).
The Unhealthy Information:
However I failed in my different targets as I solely had a handful of rides that didn’t start and finish at my residence. So I actually failed at my aim 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 Yr
1. La Barillette at Dawn
One other a part of my 2021 problem was “At the very least one nice dawn experience.” Success!
Other than my spouse, I not often rode with anybody else this yr. 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 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 experience throughout the rattling dam. Particulars right here.
3. Numerous rides with my spouse
I had fairly just a few rides with my great spouse. At all times 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 attainable 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 experience. I’m unhappy to not have achieved all of my 2021 Biking Problem – however am happy I stayed energetic.
I want everybody a Happier New Yr. Be properly.
Just a few extra 2021 images