For me it was a great year riding all around... trying new things, pushing myself a little harder. Every time on the bike was an experience in itself, but there are a few rides that I will always remember.
1. STP (Seattle to Portland)
My first year doing this ride, and I was lucky enough to pedal next to a great group of bikeforum folk for the entire ride, all in one day. I'm thinking next year trying it out with some gears and a freewheel, as 206 miles paceline riding can get a little tiring.
2. Barton Park cyclocross race
Again, my first year giving cyclocross a try, and I can't believe I didn't start it sooner. It's totally up my alley, mixing mountain biking and road riding all in one muddy, exhausting package.
3. Torture 10,000
100+ miles, 10,000+ ft. of elevation gain. What more can I say? I got to ride with 55/Rad, and we both agreed it was the most miserable experience on the bike. But somehow it ranks up there with the best of the year. Go figure.
4. Mudslinger mountain bike race
Awesome lung-busting race. Literally, I had to see the doctor about some torn fibers in my lungs after that race. Was definitely worth it, though.
5. Day at the Track
Took a development class at the track, and instantly fell in love the first time acsending the 45 deg. bank. What a rush... I'm planning to spend a lot more time out there this coming Spring/Summer.