Finish 2017 Off Strong With These 6 Riding Goal Ideas

One of the things that is so great about cycling is that we are all at different points and stages and seasons of one big journey. The same anxiety, excitement, and joy that we feel from our first race, our first century, our first downhill run ever at the park, our first 25 mile ride, or maybe even our first time ever on two wheels are different, yet similar.

Riding Goals From Years Past

2014 and 2015 were the years of the centuries for me. I completed over half a dozen centuries, metric centuries, and related rides in this span of two years. Almost of all of these rides were done with friends and were mostly group rides. On one ride, my friends and I found ourselves very spent (a few of us completely bonked) at a SAG stop at 7000 feet at mile 65 of 112.

2016 was the year of the mountain bike parks. Multiple runs to Snow Summit at Big Bear Lake, Mammoth Mountain (where I got to snowboard and mountain bike in the same day), and the epic Whistler Mountain Bike park. Needless to say, I didn’t log many road miles last year.

Riding Goals for 2017

2017 has been neither of the above. 2017 has been the year of the bike commute. Biking to work has been a huge benefit. It is something that I put off for years. I was always just as much about the location and where I was riding than I was about the act of riding itself. Well, 2017 changed all that. I got over the fact that there’s a lot of climbing to and from work. I got over the logistical and mental hump of packing extra clothes and personal items at work. And as one anonymous online poster phrased it, “I get on my bike early in the morning and start pedaling towards work before my brain figures out what I am doing.”

My biggest accomplishment to date: logging over 500 miles in the month of May.

6 Riding Goals Ideas to Finish 2017 Off Strong

  1. Ride 500 miles or more in one month (Strava Challenge).
  2. Climb 26,000 feet in one month (Strava Challenge).
  3. Go on a ride for 60 miles or more (Strave Challenge).
  4. Go on a family ride together for 15 miles or more.
  5. Ride 15 miles or more on dirt.
  6. Do a century ride (more ideas on this to follow).

Let’s get out there and finish 2017 strong. Ride on!

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