Wow. It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these, I wonder if I remember how to do this? We’ll all find out soon enough I guess! That’s right. Much to your possible chagrin, I’m still around!
While there’s plenty of negative every year that nobody wants to go back and revisit, there’s, more often than not, lots of good to look back on as well. That’s what I’m doing here. I’ve picked my 10 favorite rides of the year and I mean to bore you with a rehashing of them. Who am I kidding. This stuff is PURE EXCITEMENT!! So get ready. Here we go.
Ok. I might’ve fibbed a little. I really am going to bore you for a minute with stats. I used to be all about the stats. Now, I’m just kinda about them. Big changes happened this year and if you promise to sit through this whole post, I promise to hit you with a plot twist most of you probably already see coming. Still here? Then, let’s really go this time.
My mileage goal fell way short in 2016. After 8400 miles in ’15, I set a more relaxed goal of 7500 miles for this year.
As of this writing, I’m 42 miles short of my modified, wuss out goal of 6000. Respectable, but far short of last year.
How about elevation gain? Well, after hitting 700k last year, I was shooting for a HIGHER number in 2016, 750,000.
I’m at 450,000. WAY SHORT!!!
Last stat. Fun. 2015 was a blast, with lots of traveling in pursuit of both the Oregon Triple Crown and the California Triple Crown. But, I spent a lot of time on the bike in the middle of nowhere. By myself. Suffering. Sorta fun.
This year? Holy shnikes!! While cutting way back on mileage and elevation, I upped the fun factor exponentially. So many good rides were had in ’16, I had to trim my list of rides for this blog down from 18!! And, I kept remembering other great times as I was making my way down to 10! Yeah. This year was fun.
STORMY GOLD BEACH GRAVEL GRIDING
STORMY JOHN’S PEAK GRAVEL GRINDING
RUTH’S FIRST TIME RIDING “THE WALL”
A FUN WEEKEND IN CHICO
A HOT LAP ON THE SALMON RIVER LOOP
THE SUMMER SWING
A LONESOME HINKLE LOOP
THE GRAVEL EPIC
So, there you have it. My 10 favorite rides of 2016. What’s the twist that I promised? Well….
Obviously, I did a lot less riding in 2016 than 2015. There was a reason for that.
Like you didn’t see that coming? Here’s to an absolutely amazing 2016 and a hopefully equally amazing 2017. Set some goals. Don’t set goals. Either way, make sure you live. We only get to do it once!
Local cyclist, crazy mofo, and good-natured masochist, Aaron Mock, is a Team Cycle Analysis rider with a penchant for taking the road less traveled. Sometimes, that isn’t the best choice. Follow his weekly blog series for the latest on his never-ending escapades and exploits!