This has been for me a good cycling year.
The annuity distance target was achieved with ease, and indeed, I managed to cycle further in a year than I have ever done previously.
Total Distance 7147 km
Total Ascent 57384 m
even though the total number of rides was down by 5% to 189 outings
Persuaded by a friend to try some Baby Audax ( 100km ) I entered Rutland and Beyond in early February. The weather was bitter, the hills steep and my friend decided that only fools rode in tose conditions so stayed at home..I rode..and froze. But I did complete it.
This was soon to be followed by another event around the Three Fields of Alfreton and indeed I had also entered Charnwood in the Spring but went down sick two days before and was forced to withdraw.
The standard Derby Mercury club runs are obviously too quick and too far for me but instead I started to ride with a group of Derby Mercury Veterans. This group of past cyclists used to race and tour decades ago before the introduction of these modern new fangled carbon electronic gear changing things were ever thought about. It is great to listen to stories of races past and places seen. They travel now more at my pace and every ride involves a cake stop .
Indeed it was with this group that this year I cycled abroad for the first time when we went to France to watch the TdF and follow in the tyre tracks of Stage 1.
The atmosphere was great, the food even better though the entire trip did expose my deep lack of linguistic skills .
Whilst I have mentioned that I am too old and slow to go on the normal Mercury rides I did join the 78th Anniversary Ride out to Denstone. This involved for me a 78 km trip alongside about 100 other cyclists from the Club covering the entire age range from 7- 70 years old. The pace was good, no-one got dropped and there was a marvellous BBQ prepared for our return.
I have also tried to integrate myself a little more into the Club by helping out at Time Trials and in particular the epic Everest Challenge undertaken by JK and taking a few photos
All in all, I have had a good year
Next year I hit 70, and may lead a Social Ride in early March to celebrate the event..we will see
As for my new non-target driven approach, well the Annuity Chart says that 1000 miles ( 1610 km ) needs to be covered..better go and get my bike ready !