December 30, 2007
Fun weekend rides and a cycling holiday in Holland added nearly 1,000km while almost 1,500km were through training for cyclosportives.
The events themselves added just over 1,100km to my total.
I don’t plan to ride any further overall next year and I’m adopting the same approach to sportives that I did this year.
From April to November I’m going to ride in at least one event each month and use them to see a few of the more attractive parts of this small green island near Europe.
Cyclosport.org has already listed what I think are all of next year’s sportives so I spent some time picking out my favourites and then seeing which of them I could fit into a sensible calendar.
April: White Horse Challenge. The perfect start to a season taking you past four chalk white horses carved into the hills around Swindon with 3,000 year old Uffington the oldest (and highest).
May: Gran Fondo Cymru. A very hilly looking meander through Wales’ Snowdonia National Park.
June: London to Brighton charity ride. A frustrating experience if you don’t get an early start but for a good cause.
June: Circuit of the Cotswolds. A chance to revisit some of the scenic villages I toured through in August last year. Hopefully at a slightly greater pace this time.
July: Dunwich Dynamo XVI. The legendary overnight ride from London to the medieval sunken city of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast.
Aug: Devil Ride. A new 100 mile event over many of the classic climbs of mid Wales, including the infamous Devils Staircase.
Sep: Southern Sportive or the Circuit of Kent. The Southern was thoroughly enjoyable this year but the Circuit of Kent also looks good.
Oct: Ride of the Falling Leaves. An iconic end of season ride that starts from London’s Herne Hill Velodrome before a very energetic spin out into the hills of Kent past Winston Churchill’s home and back.
So, despite my cycling saving me what I’d normally spend on public transport and going to the gym, I’m now spending that on the travel, entrance fees and sometimes accommodation for these events — but getting a much better return on the investment.
Also, there’s an opportunity for a two-week cycling holiday at the end of October and Laos looks highly likely, but that’s another post.
Good luck to you in realising your goals next year and I hope you managed to achieve everything that was important to you this year.