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Your Cycling Highlights of 2012

Old 12-29-12, 02:10 PM
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Your Cycling Highlights of 2012

What are your cycling highlights of 2012? Did you reach a goal? Were you able to cycle somewhere you've always wanted to ride? Did you ride with someone special?



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My Cycling Highlights of 2012

-- Centuries (100 mile bicycle rides) in each of the first four months of the year, for a total of 18 consecutive "centuries a month".

-- 200K Randonnee on Saturday 10 March ... still involved in Randonneuring for 12 years in a row.

-- Finishing the summer 2011/2012 - '7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge'!!
Website: http://www.7peaks.com.au/
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-- Round the World trip - 7.5 months, 13 countries (Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Canada and the US). We were able to cycle in all but Hong Kong, including, but not limited to ... a 4-day hub-and-spoke tour in Taiwan, a 5-day cycling tour along the North Sea Route in Scotland/England, approx. 2 week tour up the Rhine Route, a 10-day hub-and-spoke tour in Switzerland, and a slow 3 weeks from Bordeaux up the Velodyssey Trail to La Rochelle. And we're still travelling.
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-- Adding 10 more US states to my collection of US states I've ridden in. I've now reached a total of 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hamshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming!!

-- New Thorn touring bicycles.

-- Riding with our young niece and nephew, who are fairly new to riding bicycles. They were very excited to show us their bicycles and to ride with us, and it was a lot of fun.

-- Being proud of my parents (both over 70) for all the cycling they've done this year!! They've been cycling an impressive amount.

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My father used to be a cyclist (along with my mother, to a degree) (he has a pretty snazzy mint Motobecane dressed nicely in campy that he bought new after he wrecked his Jeunet in the day).

Recently (in the past year or two?) he found a GT mountain bike for a very fair price at a garage sale (triple triangle, and chrome! it's a beauty!). So he got my mother a new Trek MTB and they would go riding on the trails occasionally.

Then, this summer, my father got very ill. He was nearly hospitalized and diagnosed a diabetic. It was a shock to us all (especially me, who found out the news by finding him sticking his stomach with a needle at the dinner table one evening) (it's in his nature to not tell his sons about this sort of thing as to not worry us).

So he started insulin and all that fun stuff... which he complained about all the time, but started exercising more and more. He went to work (mechanical engineer at local Cessna) earlier, as far as I could tell, in order to take longer lunch breaks, which he spends walking around campus. In the evenings he would take long bike rides on his rediscovered baby, the GT mountain bike. Every weekend he puts in another (I'm estimating) 10 miles or so (weather permitting) which I think is pretty fantastic for an old guy on a mountain bike. I wish he would ride the Motobecane again. It's sad to see it hanging in his basement...

Anyway, the morale of the story is through cycling (and the aforementioned walks during his lunch breaks) he has recovered to the point where he no longer needs insulin injections -AT ALL-. An AMAZING achievement! He takes one pill and checks his blood sugar once per day.

I am so proud of him for taking control of his illness and performing with flying colors.

I thought about writing about my personal cycling enjoyment and blah blah blah but nothing compares to his health, to me.

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Every ride with him is special.

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Old 12-29-12, 02:52 PM
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Rode with Chris Horner.. well sorta of. He was at the Harpeth river ride in Tenn.He finished a little ahead of me.Just after that he did not make the T.D.F. team and i knew that was a big mistake on there part.Then when Sleck was injured Horner was put on the team and rode like a man with something to prove.btw he rode the century at Harpeth in 3 hours and 58 min.
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wow tough to compare with some of those great memories!

For me it was reconnecting with cycling again which was my first passion, losing 40lbs through riding that I very much needed to lose (5'7" 191lbs down to 151). Rode over 2800 miles including two centuries, one of which was my local MS ride and raised over $2k for an incredible group of people!
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On my goal list for the year: ride from my house to Santa Barbara. It's not that it was a long ride (roughly 70 miles and mostly flat. I've done centuries so the distance wasn't an issue or goal). Rather, it was the idea that I could get up in the morning, head up the coast and be in SB at lunch. It just sounded cool! My wife, daughter and in-laws drove up, met me for lunch and we drove home together. Weather was excellent and it was just a fun experience having a destination in mind, rather than our usual shop rides. Next time I'll take the train back to our area.
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3 silver medals at state criterium championships events .... but no outright wins
Now I'm so out of shape I'll be lucky not to get lapped when racing starts.
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2012 highlights
- longest distance in a day 118.3 miles
- over 600 miles a month
- applied at four bikes shops for a job.
- most miles in a week 245 miles.
- longest time in the saddle 9+ hours.
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Climbed an incredibly steep 2.5k climb without landing my fot on the ground. It was a dream for the last 2 year (the year of my first try, a real shame, I was walking after 200m...).
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Old 12-29-12, 04:17 PM
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Couple of days northern Italy

Both sides of the Passo dello Stelvio - day one





Mortirolo and Passo dello Gavia the next day





Otherwise just another typical year of training and racing...
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- First full year of cycling
- Got most of the cycling gear I needed/need
- First of many metric century rides
- First century
- Joined a local club/team (finally kept up on a Thursday ride (second hardest), and was able to pull the group more than once on a ride and keep up with the top guys on climbs and almost on the sprints - around top 5 for both)
- Raced for the first time
- Learned a ton

I'm sure there's a lot more that I can't think of right now, but these are the main ones that I can think, it was an all around life changer of a year, in a great way! Can't wait for the many years to come!

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I had a few accomplishments I never even thought to aim for in 2012
-1000+ mile month
-250+ mile week
-climb over 7k+ ft in one ride
-123.4 mile century (2nd of the year)
-40,000+ of climbing in a month
-250,000+ of climbing in 2012
-6,500+ miles in 2012
I had goals of 4,000 miles for the year and 100,000ft of climbing. Not to extreme as this is my first calander year of riding. Very happy with what I've accomplished.

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Watching my son learn how to ride his balance bike. He can drop curbs on it now and ride on pretty much any surface.

Building up my 29er and doing real mountain biking for the first time in 20 years.

Many beautiful days of summer bike commuting and trailer excursions with the whole family.

Big strides in my second cross season including outsprinting my teammate for my first top 10. I'm in better shape now than I have been in many years.
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Made new bike riding friends, who encouraged me to get out daily and ride.
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- Decided to buy a bike in March for the first time since I was a child.
- Went on numerous 25+ mile rides.
- Bought a mini velo to have something different and learn a little bit about bicycle mechanics.
- Decided that I no longer wanted my hybrid and bought a Cannondale Syanpse 5 on sale for a really good price
- Logged in over 100 miles over the past month for the first time since I've started to bike
- Am a member of trainerroad.com and have been starting to see a little bit of gains. I'm not a very fit cyclist.

Looking forward to 2013. Going to do a real FTP test on Friday along with a spin analysis on a computrainer. I'm looking for a Vo2 max test.
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I raced finally and found it to be a blast. Much more fun than long distance riding, commuting, etc and a more efficient use of my time.
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Funny how accomplishments can be so varied... I have close to 7000 miles this year, including the "Nightmare Tour" in Pennsylvania, Ride the Rockies on a folding bike, a couple of centuries and a lot of commuting-- and a trip to Italy (Dolomites) where I was able to rent a bike for one day (Tre Cimi di Lavaredo)-- and drove over Stelvia and other passes-- beautiful trip...

but, the most enjoyable ride was probably the one I did today. Went out with 4 others and it started snowing. Three turned around, but Kevin and I kept going and ended up riding about 40 miles-- in driving sleet/snow for a large portion of the time. We were on a local MUP, and there was literally NO ONE else out there--the occasional jogger, but we had the trail to ourselves-- rode side by side and chatted about a lot of stuff... It was the first ride I had done with Kev in close to 5 years, so we had a lot to talk about. We got drenched and a little cold, but it was one of the more enjoyable rides I have done in a long time.

Sometimes it's not the distance or the speed or the hills or the scenery-- it's just the companionship and the "BS" factor that works out to make a regular ride into a special one.

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I raced finally and found it to be a blast. Much more fun than long distance riding, commuting, etc and a more efficient use of my time.
What category? Crits or road or both and/or CX? How did you do (not trying to put you on the spot or anything, just interested)?
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What category? Crits or road or both and/or CX? How did you do (not trying to put you on the spot or anything, just interested)?
I am a 4. Crits, a TT, RR, and hill climbs.
My results left plenty of room for improvement in 2013.
Cx is coming up this year. I'm still trying to decide what disciplines I prefer.
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Getting my first bike in over 20 years. Crashing a bike on a test ride during my search for said first bike.
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I was able to fulfill a long term dream and get a custom bike. What a ride!
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After 6 years at 3k miles per year, right hip replaced in Nov. 2010, 2012 brought 4733 miles. New potential goals. Did climb a 20% cat 2 climb as well. Bettered the primary road bike, 2nd road bike, and winter bike as well. All in all 2012 was really a treat for me individually.
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Entered my first two UltraCycling events with division wins in each, qualified for RAAM, and got to crew for Seana Hogan at RAW. Fell short on how many races I wanted to enter, but all in all, a pretty good year.
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Cool thread. I hope it keeps going for a while.

This year I earned my bent legs and did my one and only RUSA event (a populaire). Haven't gotten my little pin yet.

Came close to 3000 miles this year, a lot for this full-time working family man.
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Entered my first two UltraCycling events with division wins in each, qualified for RAAM, and got to crew for Seana Hogan at RAW. Fell short on how many races I wanted to enter, but all in all, a pretty good year.
Wow! Congrats on all that. Achieving RAAM qualification really is something to crow about. Are you intending to ride it next year?
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Wow! Congrats on all that. Achieving RAAM qualification really is something to crow about. Are you intending to ride it next year?
The plan right now is to race it in 2014. I need to get a little stronger, lose a little more weight, and save up a whole bunch of money first
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