2016 Year in Review
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.
- 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
7 of the Best Blogs of 2016
- Coasts and Cols Final Numbers and Photo Essay
- Five Top Tips for Road Cycling on the Isle of Wight
- Running the OMM Original Mountain Marathon 2016
- Review - Bellroy All Conditions Phone Wallet
- Review - Unior Pro Home Mechanic Tool Kit
- Riding the HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2016
- Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2016
Photo of the Year 2016
The bike carries remnants of Pyrenean mud, Corbieres gravel and Bordeaux dust. My riding shoes have some wild fig stuck in their sole. My kit and body show signs of wear and tear. These are things that will all pass or fade in time; but the fantastic memories of the #coastsandcols challenge will live on. Have a read of the blogs on ‘Life In The Saddle’ (timwiggins.blogspot.com - link in bio) and on augustusfarmer.com. Pic: @augustusfarmer #coastsandcols #bikepacking #bicycletouring #lifeinthesaddle #outsideisfree #fromwhereiride #exploremore #neverstopexploring #travel #travelblogs #memories