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Its been a grand 2013.

Riders Cycle Centre is still here 🙂 and looking fit and well for the future. 

I even got my ugly mug in a cycling publication (see header pic. The pink helmet)

I rode my bike and even squeezed in a holiday.

I rode the Ronde Van Vlaanderen with the chaps from Skipton Cycling Club and also attended a few Sportives. 

My Moser road bike had the pleasure of my company for many miles this summer. Time well spent.

I partook in my first “chain gang”. Exhilarating and fast :).

I cycled & climbed Mt snowdon and Mt Etna .

I hope I improved my Yorkshire credentials by completing the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross race .

Joined the BCF and got a race license :). It’s a CX thing.

Had a blast attending local races and winning my first race as a VET (over 40 not as a veterinary surgeon).

Etc, etc.

My only disappointment was missing out on the Highland Trail 400. Many miles and many hours plus a few bivvy trips had me prepped and ready to undertake a mammoth personal challenge but alas work kept me here and not in the Scottish hills.

Fear not. 2014 has presented me with another bite at the cherry, another chance to test the resolve. To muster the commitment and fortitude. To cycle where no man has gone………..bugger it’s now 550 miles long.

I am a believer of moving the goal posts. Adapt and overcome is what my dear old Dad would say to me as a 7ft flank forward spitting fury launches a ferocious charge to the try line with only a 6ft skinny winger blocking his path. Adapt and overcome.

So I have joined the gym, NRGym in Keighley , binned the race training programme and opted for an endurance programme. Polished the 29er to an inch of its life and begun writing up an equipment checklist.

2014 will be another great year. A year to remember, a year to look forward to.

Enjoy the rest of 2013 and cycle safe. Welcome 2014 and hatch a plan or two. Set a goal or a horizon. Plan a trip or attend an event. Spread those wings, turn those pedals and love our sport in all its forms. 

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” 
― Arthur Conan Doyle

Header pic courtesy of  http://www.chrisdaviesphotography.com/ & Singletrackworld. Thanks Chris.