2016 Year in Review

Another year comes to a close. Another season of rides concluded. They say that variety is the spice of life, and 2016 has certainly been a flavoursome one...

There was a significant change in focus for me at the start of the 2016 season: I moved away from short course racing, and turned my attention to endurance challenges.

The season began with the H12 Mountain Bike Race in Denmark, as part of the GripGrab team. 12 hours of dust, roots and laughs.

From Denmark, to the Dolomites: June's X-Bionic MTB Cup, and the legendary HERO Dolomites were next on the agenda. Both these mountain bike races proved to be fantastically challenging events, but I came away with podium finishes against fields of amateur and elite Italian racers.

On the road, my events of the year were RideLondon100, and the Rapha West Country Prestige.

My final major challenge for 2016 came in September, with my long distance 'Coasts and Cols' tour: a 1,900 kilometre bikepacking expedition through France and Spain, including the Pyrenean Mountains - the blog series is worth a look.

2016 was a diverse year of riding: with mountain biking, road cycling, and touring all making substantial appearances.

2017 beckons with a similarly diverse calendar. Read my post 'Planning Ahead - The 2017 Season'. for more insight of what lies ahead on the near horizon.



2016 Totals

  • Total Distance - 25,700 kilometres (15,970 miles)
  • Total Ride Time - 1076 hours
  • Total Elevation Gain - 315,200 metres (1,034,120 feet)



Bikes ridden in 2016

  • Eastway Emitter (Road) - 4,854 kilometres
  • Kona Private Jake (Cyclocross) - 10,293 kilometres
  • On One Whippet (MTB) - 755 kilometres
  • Peugeot Steel Tourer (Touring) - 3,944 kilometres
  • Pivot LES 29 (MTB) - 1,126 kilometres
  • Planet X Pro Carbon (Road) - 3,586 kilometres
  • Test Bikes (Road) - 688 kilometres
  • Vitus Energie Pro CX (Cyclocross) - 455 kilometres



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