Having just finished my final ride of 2011 with Mart and Si, it seems appropriate to reflect on what’s been an epic year of cycling.
There are almost too many highlights to list. From completing my first 200km single day ride, to a visit to ‘The Hell of the North’ – Paris Roubaix, including riding many of the Pave sections including the Arenberg trench. I also made it to le tour, and managed to ride Alpe D’Huez not once, but twice!
Nearer to home, highlights have been the inaugural Shifnal Cycling Society sportive, which saw our better halves join us for a 90km ride around the lanes of Shrops and Staffs, as well as the two day Tour de Shropshire. This saw us embark on a two day tour of some of the finest roads the county has to offer. A great weekend was had by all.
I’ve managed to clock up over 11,100km over the year which is way above the target that I set this time last year. An added bonus is that I’ve managed to shed a few kgs as well. I can now claim to ‘climb well for my weight’, and will almost certainly be ‘peaking in two months’.
There’s much to look forward to in 2012. We’ve already got trips to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and Paris Roubaix booked, as well our regular pilgrimage to le tour.
2012 also sees the society hosting the ‘Shropshire Hills Cogal’ in conjunction with Velominati, and I’m also working on another multi day tour for later in the year.
Finally I’d like to thank all those who’ve had the pleasure of riding with in 2011. Hopefully we can do it all again in 2012!