- 2020 summer cycling targets
So point me towards it if it already exists but couldn’t find a 2020 cycling targets thread?
I’ve been racing cyclo-cross over the last few months but now that’s coming to a close I was looking at setting some targets for the upcoming few months to help the motivation! Was thinking XC racing but busy for most of the announced southern XC dates so that rules that out. (Although will enter the ones I can)
Was thinking planning something epic like entering the transalp bike race in the dolomites but that’s gotta be entered as a pair (and not sure if any of my riding partners are up for it) so wondering what your targets or targeted events are this year?Posted 1 month agojoatSubscriber
Signed up for Tour of the Peak, so that will concentrate the mind ’til May. Then Bealach na ba and hopefully the lift assisted Red at Nevis Range (on different bikes obvs) around taking in Fort Bill WC. I’m all smart turboed-up, and attempting to keep it a secret from club mates so I can unsuspectingly rip their legs off in the Peak.Posted 1 month ago
Happy Biking to all in 2020.k1100tMember
I’ve signed up for The Dirty Reiver 200 in April, my first mass participation cycling event. Also my first mass participation event since the Bedford standard distance Triathlon in 2007. Going to try and get an entry for this new Frontier 300 thingie and if I do, I plan to park at the finish and spend two days cycling to the start. Mostly I’m planning on just getting out on my bike, and trying some bivies while I’m at it.
Other than that, there are plans for some openwater swimming events. Possibly the Great East Swim, the 4x 1 mile at the Henley festival, the Dart 10km, and maybe some others.Posted 1 month agoalanlMember
The Tour of the Black Country this year for me in May. The distance has been reduced from 100 miles to 63, so I reckon I can do that. I couldnt do 100 miles with those hills.Posted 1 month ago
Leics/Northants Friday Night Summer Series, mtb races this year for the first time in 15 years.
De Panne beach race in December. Did it this year, I was awful, and nearly last, but what a great event.
I’m looking at a few sportives in Belgium too, though holidays/lack of, may make that difficult.
And, the Leics. CX league, of which there are still 4 races left this season, ad it starts again in September.nickcSubscriber
I’ve signed up for the Naughty Northumbrian, after saying some years ago that I was done with events. I just wanted to put something in the calendar as a marker to aim for and to focus on to (a) loose and keep off some winter padding, and (b) get somewhat fitter than I am nowPosted 1 month agomrwhyteSubscriber
Get out bikepacking. I have four rough locations I want to try: South Wales, possibly Gower. New Forest Bimble, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Been planning a few routes on Komoot and with OS maps.
My last adventure ended up with me sheltering in a bus stop and phoning the OH asking to be picked up early.Posted 1 month ago13thfloormonkMember
Nothing written in stone yet, will be rebuilding after surgery on a herniated disc, by summer I hope to be capable of some 5-6 hour gravel rides I had planned in the southern Highlands, and perversely also hoping to be able to be back doing proper turbo sessions again before autumn CX training starts again!
Some scattered road rides too, maybe a train-ferry-ferry-ferry-train escapade over Arran to the Mull of Kintyre, some punchy looking wee roads down there…Posted 1 month agoreluctantjumperSubscriber
To get my fitness back up to where I can do the SDW in one again, preferably in under 12 hours. Managed 13 3/4 last time but got my pacing all wrong (too hard to start, too slow in the middle) and I took an hour to pedal up the last two hills at the end. I need to work on my stamina and my climbing power so that’s my focus for the first 2-3 months of 2020. Then it’ll be adding speed to that ready for the (hopefully) dry summer and an opportunity to have a go at it!
If I get that done early enough I may have a go at the Ridgeway too.Posted 1 month agota11pau1Subscriber
My targets for 2020 are to ride as many places as I can.
Peak District, Lake District, Long mynd, more of Wales, some guided trips (dartmoor to start) and I really fancy doing some of Scotland, will probably do inners/glentress/Dunkeld first, maybe combined with a cairngorms guided trip.Posted 1 month agobelugabobMember
As I definitely fall into the nimbler category, it won’t be any races, mass participation events, or particularly rocky off road stuff.
I’ve been doing multi-day touring trips, in recent years, and was thinking of riding across the UK, from west to east, starting at Aberystwyth and ending in Lowestoft.
Preliminary routes and stopover location were looking good – until I discovered this…
Now,that sounds like an adventure!Posted 1 month agokynasfMember
I usually pencil in a load of events at this time of year and gradually cross them off as time, family commitments, etc mean I don’t end up doing them!Posted 1 month ago
Some things I definitely want to do next year are an overnight bike packing trip with my daughter (she’s 11 and asked me to go), also the frontier300 and a longer event like the Torino-Nice.feedSubscriber
Planning on doing this in Sept with some lads from work.
720km with 11,000 mtrs of climbing to be done in 4.5 days
Given that I’ve probably never done more than 80kms on a road bike in one spin it should be “interesting”.
Apart from that, prob a Finale trip in May and various xc and Enduro races over the summer.Posted 1 month agoPJayMember
There are some other 2020 plans here:
As for me, I had a heart attack in early October and have been off the bike for 3 months (bar 3 short pootles around the block) so I’m just hoping that I can get back the levels of enjoyment & fitness I had previously from cycling. I’m not a competitive rider or fitness freak but the echo-cardiogram I had in hospital showed a 40% loss in heart function so we’ll have to see how things progress; it might be a struggle.
I might also use my situation to treat myself to a new bike.Posted 1 month agomomoMember
2019 was the year of road centuries for me. Hoping to get an entry for the Frontier 300, as is an Aussie mate of mine, we both turn 40 next year so wanted to do a big ride together to show that we’ve still got it! That’ll be a goal to keep training for. Also keeping my fingers crossed for an entry into ride London again, best event of last year. Will hopefully get a bit more time to ride MTB next year too, having our second child this year out paid to any weekend away play time.Posted 1 month agosquirrelkingMember
Like the 13thfloormonk I’m planning on hitting the west coast hard only I’ll be doing it off road where possible. Got a few routes marked to do the 5 ferries but Arran is a challenge, looks like Glen Rosa and over the Horseshoe to Lochranza is the only way but we’ll see.
Signed up for MacAvalanche and Naughty Northumbrian, will try and do Dunoon as well seeing as it’s on my doorstep.
But I mostly just want to get out and enjoy myself.Posted 1 month agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Not got a big event in mind – road racing looks awesome and I’d like to try it but the hard crashes (and often nothing to do with you) put me off. Reckon I can still shave some seconds off the time trialling before I start going backwards so will prob focus on that.
First up though is the Cheshire cat sportive with my wife. Not a difficult event, but have you ever trained with someone who insists on stopping the bike and getting a tissue out to blow their nose? Brings its own challenges.Posted 1 month agoNobeerinthefridgeMember
Awesome! Early start and dress/pack as if for a day on the hills. I under-dressed, treating it like a race instead of a marathon. Got rained off shivering before the Devil’s Staircase
4am start seems to be the done thing from mates who’ve done it, challenge is to get to the Indian in FW before it shuts. 😊
Arran is a challenge, looks like Glen Rosa and over the Horseshoe to Lochranza is the only way but we’ll see.
Na, off ferry, along fisherman’s walk to goatfell path, up to you see a fire road with a gate on your right, not far from where treeline stops, take this.
This fire road goes 5 miles along to Corrie. A mile on the road, then over the stepping stones along the front to fallen rocks, then its a lovely shore side path to laggan cottage, wee grassy push up the back of the cottage and a cracking descent down into lochranza.
Rosa over saddle is tough on a loaded bike!Posted 1 month agosquirrelkingMember
Ha, once again your local knowledge knows no bounds! Couldn’t see a route with the free version of OS maps but hadn’t written it off entirely, good to know it’s there.
Still fancy doing the big one at some point though, agree it looks tough getting up that last scramble at the best of times.Posted 1 month ago
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