2014 was a year of ups and downs, in terms of “life events” it was probably the biggest year to date; a change of career and working much closer to home meant more time for family, and of course the bike; not to mention being much happier with life! March saw the birth of our second child, a strong boy whom I am convinced will be riding any day now (he is already walking at 9 ½ months). The year also saw my wife rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and all my riding / MTB racing goals put on hold!..
So let’s look at the goals, what went right and what went wrong!
Goal 1) This year I want to ride 12,500km. – Done, 12,697km ridden by Dec 31st 2014… I thought it would be touch and go, but I made it ;-)
Goal 2) I want to ride down the coast, for something different! Done, but as I reported in July only as far as Anglesea, hopefully over the warmer summer months I can get down to Lorne and beyond.
Goal 3) I would like to tackle the climbs of south side of Mt Macedon, Donna Buang, Lake Mountain and Falls Creek. Partially done, managed to get up the south side of Mount Macedon, and also Mount Buller, again hopefully with the warmer weather I can get another climb or two in.
Goal 4) I would like to do well in Age Group at the 2014 XCO Nationals. No good in this instance, with the son due just after the event in Bright, Vic getting a leave pass was not going to happen, this one is on the back burner until 2015!
Goal 5) This year I want to finish strong at the Wombat 100. As above!
Goal 6) This year I want to chase the podium, and hopefully make one of the steps in the 2014 Victorian Enduro Series. Flop on this one, 2014 saw a very strong solo field in the VES add to that my limited time for training and that I only managed to get to 3 of the rounds my chances weren’t good! I am considering the 2015 season if it goes ahead.
Goal 7) Start racing road more actively. Well and truly done, I’ve raced some 13 criteriums since October, looking forward to getting in more over the remainder of summer.
Riding highlights of the year!..
Riding in the Gold Coast hinterland, just recently returned to Qld for Christmas, I managed to get in quite a few rides around the northern end of the Gold Coast hinterland while I was there for some fantastic riding, great climbs and courteous drivers. I still can’t believe I took a hiatus from riding the years we lived on the base of Mount Tamborine…
Riding in Coffs Harbour, a fantastic place to holiday, ride and hopefully soon live! I have my eyes on the Rainbow Cycles sprinters, and Phar Lap jerseys!
Racing the Shimano Supercrit support race, feeling “pro” without being “pro”… Even the “B” Grade support race had a decent crowd and atmosphere!
Riding / Racing with power, the data is mind boggling but extremely useful!
Goals for 2015 and beyond…
So as the sun sets on 2014, it rises on in 2015… What my goals will be for the year is still undecided, so stay posted to see what the year brings!