I made it to another birthday today. Where do the years go?
Bowie, by Kurt…
I had the day booked off from work in advance, so what better way to spend the morning than by hitting the road for a head clearing, soul cleansing, solo metric century meander on two wheels. Nothing fancy, just some winter base miles out through the back of Henley, taking in Pishill climb along the way. #prosolitude
This month we’ve got the Tour Down Under to look forward to – a bit of early season sunny racing for the pros – then there’s a bit of a lull until the Spring Classics (some of my favourite races) kick off in March. In preparation, I did a very Flandrian style 100km ride this morning through the lashing wind and rain! #keepcycling
2016 UCI World Tour Dates
January 19 to January 24 – Santos Tour Down Under, Australia
March 6 to March 13 – Paris-Nice, France
March 9 to March 15 – Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy
March 19 – Milan-San Remo, Italy
March 21 to March 27 – Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Spain
March 25 – E3 Harelbeke, Belgium
March 27 – Gent-Wevelgem, Belgium
April 3 – Tour of Flanders, Belgium
April 4 to April 9 – Vuelta Ciclista a Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), Spain
April 10 – Paris-Roubaix, France
April 17 – Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands
April 20 – La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium
April 24 – Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium
April 26 to May 1 – Tour de Romandie, Switzerland
May 6 to May 29 – Giro d’Italia, Italy
June 5 to June 12 – Criterium du Dauphine, France
June 11 to June 19 – Tour de Suisse, Switzerland
July 2 to July 24 – Tour de France, France
July 12 to July 18 – Tour of Poland, Poland
July 30 – Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, Spain
August 20 to September 11 – Vuelta a Espana, Spain
August 21 – Cyclassics Hamburg, Germany
August 28 – Bretagne Classic Ouest-France, France
September 9 – GP Cycliste de Quebec, Canada
September 11 – GP Cycliste de Montreal, Canada
September 19 to September 25 – Eneco Tour, Netherlands
October 1 – Il Lombardia, Italy
Looks like the Year Record is the new Hour Record! ;-) In 2016 there will be two new attempts on the “most miles in a year” record – with both the male and female records being contested.
Bruce (@cycle_dr1 on Twitter) has already kicked off his campaign with a 334km ride out in Australia. He will be smashing out the miles down under and then chasing good weather throughout his attempt. Bruce is an all round top bloke and no stranger to massive mileage. His attempt is looking very well planned and supported so I certainly wouldn’t be betting against him!
Kajsa Tylen (@yearinthesaddle) is chasing the women’s record, which was set by Billie Dovey in 1938. Billie rode 29,603 miles to encourage women cyclists and promote the health benefits of cycling.
Makes my 40 mile jaunt this morning seem a bit weak in comparison, haha!