Tis the time of year to sign up for those week long tours and larger one day events. Things seem to be falling in place for me for 2014. It's essentially a repeat of the rides I've enjoyed plus a sprinkling of some new ones. Here is a summary of the plan-not every ride.
February-Longer training rides 80-100 miles with some rides in the mountains-weather permitting
March-More of the same but more time on hills-possibly one local organized ride of 70 miles-a century for me ridden from the house
April-An organized ride in the NC mountains with a decent amount of climbing (one ride confirmed)
May-Organized Events every weekend culminated buy either Assault on Mt Mitchell or Mountains of Misery
June-Week long tour in Colorado-Ride the Rockies or Bike Tour Colorado, depends on lottery and routes. Blood Sweat and Gears in Boone, NC (registered) Possibly Grandfather Mountain depending on Tour Schedules
July-A week long tour in the midwest where my wife will travel with me and volunteer at rest stop so I'm assured an entry........and it's our anniversary week???.......then a 200 miler late July (confirmed)
August-My favorite organized ride in the NC Mountains with 10,000+ ft of climbing and 105 miles, plus a week long vacation starting the day after in Aruba-----I'm taking the whole family to celebrate my daughters Masters degree!!
September-Good chance my wife and I will travel to Washington State and visit friends and for me to ride. Back to Back century days in late September (confirmed)
October-Tour de Pig....need I say more??
November-Fun rides with annual Century the day after Thanksgiving
December-Saturday Centuries with the local Bike Club
Would like to add a ride I have not done. I've had my eye on the one in Wisconsin-Dairyland Dare. What other ride or touts might you recommend?
How about you? Any rides you are training for or anticipating for 2014?