I have been asked this question quite a few times since completing the Haute Route Alps this last summer. Is there more to do or should I hang up my cycling shoes and say I am done. [Un]fortunately I am the sort of person that needs a purpose to motivate me so the prospect of me just calling it a day doesn’t really sit with me, I know that if it wasn’t a cycling challenge then it would be something else, I suppose I have somewhat of an obsessive personality. I don’t like to do anything half-hearted.
One of the great things about cycling as a hobby is that there are so many different avenues to go into, whether that be road cycling, mountain biking, BMX, Cross, touring, racing, etc…. so there is always an option and plenty of challenges to take on.
So what about 2018, well for 2018 my attention turns to epic one day rides. At the moment there are two earmarked on the calendar.
The first is the Mallorca 312 in April, traditionally this used to be a 312km race around the island of Mallorca but was changed a few years ago to a circuit of the Tarmuntana mountains with a loop to the south eastern coast before finishing back in Alcudia. Still covering 312 km and over 5500m of climbing it will be a big day out for Scott and I.
The other epic day out will be the Vatternrundan in June, a 300km circuit around Lake Vattern in Sweden with 23,000 other participants. This one I am riding with a few friends from Rapha Cycling Club.
So I am sticking to the road cycling for now and will focus on getting ready for long days in the saddle.
Here is a final look back at my statistics from 2017 and have a wonderful, safe & prosperous new year.