2014 – My Cycling Year
Well 2014 has been a great cycling year for me, I had a few goals, completed some of them, watched two stages of the Tour de France, one stage of the Tour of Britain and upgraded my bike.
My goals were
- Cycle 500 miles in a month (only managed 347)
- Complete the Coast to Coast cycle route (done)
- Cycle over 2,000 miles in 2014 (only managed 1,135.5 – big fail)
- Go faster than 50mph (didn’t better 45mph)
- Complete a ride over 100 miles (Did 102 miles in a oner)
- Lose some weight cycling (I lost some, but I think I’ve put it back on!)
So I kinda did 3 out of 6. Not too bad. I think my biggest effort was the Coast to Coast ride that I did with a couple of mates. The second day was brutal – easily the hardest thing I have ever done physically. At times I just wanted to give up but we had no support car so I had to plough on.
Cycling 100 miles was a big effort too. It was a pretty flat course but the lack of feeding stops cost me towards the end of the ride with me badly cramping at 90 miles and struggling over the line.
The Tour de France coming to Yorkshire was massive. I had the pleasure of watching Le Tour in France in 2013 but that didn’t compare to watching the biggest sporting event in the world on roads that I ride. I blogged quite a bit about it (Grand Tour blogs link here).
Starve are doing a cool video thing for your 2014 cycling, here is mine:
Oh, an unexpected bonus was getting the Mrs out on a bike! We had a few lovely rides and even did the York Skyride together. Hopefully we’ll be cycling more in 2015.
So for 2015…
I have bought a turbo trainer so that is my first goal in the new year – get using it! I want to start the summer riding considerably fitter than I did last year so I can try and get the longer rides in and bust 500 miles in a month. I would also really like to get 2,015 miles in 2015 so the purchase of thermal bib shorts and a good set of lights will help me there. As soon as this ice goes I plan on getting out on the road. Apart from that maybe another trip to France is in order to watch Le Tour and there is talk of a cycling holiday in Majorca but we’ll see.
So, my new 2015 cycling goals:
- Cycle 500 miles in a month
- Cycle 2,015 miles in a year
- Beat my 45mph record and try to break 50mph!
- Lose 2 stone cycling in 2015
Fingers crossed I can accomplish all four this time.
Tete de la course!!!