My year has fizzled out spectacularly. In the last three months I have barely turned a wheel other than a couple of turbo sessions a week and my 2.5 mile commute. My Van Nic has laid dormant since October, which I think is the longest time it has gone unridden since I’ve owned it. Just a combination of work and family events, general tiredness, apathy and lack of mojo. I had the idea of doing the Rapha Festive 500, which starts today. However, I broke up from school on Wednesday last week and by Saturday morning I had a positive lateral flow test. After spending almost 2 years in a COVID swamp, to get the ‘rona literally the day after I broke up seems particularly vexing. I readjusted and just thought I’d do some miles on the turbo instead but I’m still feeling second hand so it just doesn’t seem worth it at the moment.
Anyway, let’s forget about 2021. What about ‘22?
I’m planning to mainly do some audax and having a go at getting the Audax UK ‘Randonneur around the Year Award’ (RRAtY). You have to ride a 200km audax every month for 12 consecutive months. These are the events that I’ve got planned for the first half of the year;
Jan - Willy warmer 200k
Feb - Winter Boat ride 200k
March - Gently Bentley 200k
April - LWL 400k
May - Bryan Chapman 600k or Dauntsey Dawdle 400k
June - Ditchling Devil 200k perm.
July - London-Anglesey-London 1000k
The longer events could well be downgraded to 200km as I will need to play it by ear, and the ‘rona May have either ideas too.