Miles for 2012 and other biking accomplishments?
This was a great year for me on the bike, as I rode more miles this year than I have in the other 43 years I have been on this planet. I also started to ride a singlespeed 29er and a road bike, in addition to a FS 29er. Cycling became more than just working out, but also feeding the soul (and draining the wallet!).
All in all, I should hit 3400 miles for 2012. As a result, I am now over 50lbs lighter and feel better than I have in years!
I entered my first race, the CCBF, back in November and actually finished!
I have been inspired by guys on this forum, like Ray, Randy, John, Terry, Mike and many others. Great group of members here!
What are your miles and accomplishments on the bike for 2012? How about 2013?
Cheers guys/gals! All the best in 2013!
Nice numbers Rich!
My 2012 stacked up like this (so far)...
5685 miles (mostly MTB)
560kft of climb
highlights were: 1) AZT300 DNF due to bike getting run over 2) Redemption at the Coco250 stage race
2011 for reference
447 kft of climb
Goals for 2013 1) AZT300 2) CTR(?) 3) Coco250 ITT
Amazing numbers. It inspires me to get out and ride more. I'm even thinking of starting to commute to work next year.
Great job BV, it's a great feeling isn't it? I'll check back on Dec. 31st, still have a couple of goals I'm shooting for before 2012 is over.
I don't track my miles, so no idea.
However, this year was my biggest day on the bike yet at the AES APC race (1 Antelope Peak Challenge | Arizona Endurance Series). 115 miles in 15.5 hours.
The McDowell race this past weekend didn't really have the stats, but given the conditions, it was a pretty huge personal accomplishment.
I'll be 50 some time next year, but I'm still planning on doing the biggest one day ride of my life (the Gila 100) as well as the AZT 300 and maybe even Coco in the fall. That's the plan anyhow.
Oh, and that is all on SS - of course.
My dog ate my GPS so no clue, but definitely a lot LESS than last year. I rode my bike, though. And my dog always finds his way back. So it's all good.
1800 true mtb miles + some 3000 or so miles from home on the hardtail goofer bike, mostly street, paths, and light dirt trails.
This is my best biking year ever even though the endurance rides I was looking forward to didn't happen.
WOW... Numbers like 209,000 and 560,000 ft of climbing sound so unreal... but I guess the hills do add up.
you are mad man boom....good stuff,
did ever loose rides on strava? yeah f - it it's free
This was my first full calendar year riding a mountain bike regularly. I would say I am now completely addicted. This was my biggest year, unless you count the BMX days when I was around 13.
I just started tracking mileage a couple months ago. I rode at least twice a week and as much as 5. I estimate I did 1,000 to 1,500 miles and climbed about 100K to 150K feet. I also ran about once a week for the last 6 months for 3 miles.
Started working with a heart rate monitor and Strava.
Raced 4 MBAA Races in Cat3 30 and did the Red Rock Urban Dirt Print Tri.
My riding group has expanded to quicker riders, but I still ride with my buddies that got me into the sport.
Cracked a frame and bought a full suspension bike.
Starting to spend more time on this site.
It was a pretty darn good year.
In 2013 I want to do some longer races, a team race, get my daughters riding more single track, ride more places, and maybe do an over night bike pack. Oh yeah, ride safe to avoid injuries too.
Last edited by SugarHigh; 12-17-2012 at 07:19 AM.
For me 2012 was a big year. Probably the most miles in one year ever. I started biking in 1998, but mostly rode few times a month here and there. In 2004 I got married and did not have the time to bike. In late 2011 I started back up again a little here and there. However by May of this year I started riding alot. At least once a week and more than I ever have before. I also rode a lot of new trails and met some nice people. Then in September I added a road bike and have been out even more.
So a big year for me.
Total: 953.9 mi / 62,607 ft - 53 rides
MTB: 594.4 mi / 48k ft - 35 rides
Road: 359.66 mi / 14.4k ft - 18 rides
Mtb Ride Locations
9 - Black Canyon Trail 8 from Emery Henderson, 1 from Rock Springs
8 Maricopa Trail to Cave Creek park (4 included Overton& Go-John Climb)
3 Sonoran Park
2 Spur Cross/ Maricopa/Cave Creek part
2- McDowells Windgate/Bell Pass, Taliesen/Lost Dog/Quartz
2- Rocky Ridge/Sunset/ Schultz
2 Fort Valley, Rocky Moto
2 Dreamy Draw - Trail 100 proper , Loops East of 51 Frwy
Longest Ride Mtb ride - 23.9Miles/2154 ft elevation gain Sonoran Park
Most Climbing - 20.1 Miles/2401 Ft Maricopa & Go John Loop
Longest Road ride 31.9 Miles / 1518 ft Anthem Loops
Just shy of 1000 miles. Not sure I will get there this year due the holidays, but if I don't no big deal as there is next year. Considering my riding started about May 1 this is a solid bit of riding.
I entered my first Mtn bike race - (Cave Creek Bike Fest) and was quite happy with my performance. I also did my first Triathlon and held my own as well.
Goals for 2013? Not really sure if I have any. I would like to say I will ride more, but life demands can change things. I just really hope to keep having fun on out the bikes. If I have fun the miles will pile up just fine.
Last edited by JoePAz; 12-17-2012 at 12:26 PM.
'12 Santa Cruz Highball 29", '13 Santa Cruz Solo 27.5",Vassago Verhauen SS 29" XC, AM, blah blah blah.. I just ride.
VERY nice numbers! I have a similar story to those on here... I got back into the sport after being away since my teenage years. Started back up riding in the summer of 2011. Did 162 miles in 2011, and 444 so far this year. I have the rest of the year off after Thursday and plan on tacking on close to another 100 before the year is over. It is hard to fit in as many rides as you are doing with 3 kids at home (two year old twins and a 7yr old), and working two jobs. Plus I like to get in at least one gym day as well.
This year my average ride has gone from around 2-3 miles to around 6 miles. My longest ride went from 7-8 miles to 18 miles (and I still had plenty left in the tank). My handling skills majorly improved this year. Learned how to shift my weight and take corners much faster. Also, my climbing has VASTLY improved, I have learned that standing and pushing a harder gear and occasionally sitting and spinning granny for recovery, works MUCH better for me than spinning the granny gear most of the time. I now regularly clear the major climbs at my home trail (T-Bird) without stopping at all, and at the beginning of the year I took around 4-5 stops.
Goals for next year are to double my longest ride from 18 up to about 40, and increase my average ride up to around 8, and clean up my diet a little more.
Would like to get all of these rides done
-- BCT EH to Black Canyon City and back to EH
-- Sonoran Preserve - Connect up the S and N trails
-- Connect up Sonoran Preserve / Deem / T-Bird
-- Finally make it out to SOMO and White Tanks
I am intrigued by the SS thing, but no where near ready, perhaps in 2014! Still riding (and upgrading) the 29er hardtail. It really has been a champ. I am considering picking up a FS bike but really want to see where the whole 650b thing goes, and really want to wait for the SRAM XX1 technology to trickle down to the lower (x7/x9) components. The 1x11 setup looks VERY good for me and my riding style as I am almost ALWAYS in my middle ring, using the granny only for recovery and the big ring on the 11 speed cassette would be fine for that. Also already replaced my big ring up front with a bash (T-Bird had already turned my big ring into a bash). So thinking my next rig will be a 650b FS bike with 1x11 setup (and as far as I know something like that in my price range ~3k does not exist YET).
Thanks to everyone on this forum. I have met some really great people, and got some really good advice.
While I don't have some of the numbers most of you guys have I accomplished 2 of my 2012 goals of 500 miles or more (610.7), entered my first race which was the Old Fashion MTB race in Flagstaff, finished last in my group but finished. 2013 goals are double the miles and enter another race.
Drinking rum before 10am makes you a pirate...not an alcoholic...
Got back on the bike for the first time in months...
Let go of the numbers. It'll make for a sweeter ride.
Got back into MTB after 20+ years.
Bought 1 new bike and upgraded to a better one 6 months later.
Lost a lot of stress
Met a lot of great people
Registered for the Sea Otter 2013
All in all a great year.
2013 will be much better with big goals.
Vincit qui patitur
2012 Salsa Spearfish 2
2014 KONA Process 153
2016 KONA Operator
2013 Giant Defy
SInce I started using Strava on July 2nd
Time 115hr 24m
Elev Gain 44,731ft
824 of those miles of that was in July and August. I gotta get more pleasure rides than commutes.
2012 was meh. I'm not expecting much more for 2013.
1,522 total miles
3,152.5 total miles so far
Did the 70 mile Tour De Scottsdale in 3:31 minutes.
Rode my 1st Solo Century this year also.
Gotta couple more rides before the end of the year..
Last edited by AZG23; 12-20-2012 at 08:28 PM.
Reason: added 2011
Originally Posted by AZG23
Doubled from last year! Great job bro.. Too bad I cant catch or keep up with you anymore!
Documented 1,522 between roadbike and mtb.. Not exact as I didnt get my road bike til May and didnt get a computer on the mtb til mid February..so it may be a few more than that. Finally made it to my goal of 190 pounds too as of Dec 31st!! (From 265 lbs on Sept 2010) great year riding!
Time 191hr 31m
Elev Gain 146,017ft
I was shooting for 2k miles for the year, but I had some bike issues that held me up for a good 6 weeks in the middle of the year. But since I'm on vacation as of now through the new year, I'll shoot for 1700 miles for the year. I'll feel good about that. I'd like 100+ rides next year and 2500 miles. Bikepacking should help with that. I hope next year will be what I thought this year was gonna be.
Wow. I received a negative rep for this thread. I can't believe this subject would offend anybody.
These posts have have been great! I have loved reading them. Keep them coming!
According to Garmin.com, here are my numbers for 2012.
Rides: 94 Activities
Distance: 2,715.54 mi
Time: 215:54:10 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 82,079 ft
Avg Speed: 12.6 mph
Avg HR: 124 bpm
Avg Bike Cadence: 74 rpm
Calories: 89,639 C
Would like to have done more, but I've finally figured out I'm pretty much a weekend warrior, averaging just under 2 rides per week. Can only seem to get to gym during week. My normal routine was interrupted this summer when I tweaked my knee in May (diagnosis: moderate to advanced osteoarthritis). To recover, I shifted my summer riding almost entirely to mountain bike and only EASY road miles. Result: I won my old fart age group at tour de scottsdale. So I guess I disproved all my old notions that you can't maximize fitness on a mountain bike. Go figure.
By the way, for all you roadie training types, you can start at the Rio Verde trailhead in MMP and ride Verde/North/Chuparosa/Pemberton to Granite Tank. Yes, it's the ugly, boring part of MMP but it pretty much simulates 9-mile hill if you want some grind-it-out type of hill work.
Anyway, any year I get my knees in the breeze is a good year!
"Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission." - Neil Kendall
Mountain- 753 miles, 62,978' of Elev., Average 10.4 mph
Road- 2,342 miles,36,418' of Elev, Average 18.6 mph
Next year I will have more mountain miles. I had three months of road only while selling my last MTB and building the new one.
I got in a one Raybum BCT epic and Flight of the Pigs this year. I raced the MBAA series in SS open and had some good finishes. Never made the podium but was always close. I did the Tour of Scottsdale this year as my first road event. Pacing on the road is way different the. MTB racing. I need to start a lot closer to the front next year.
Originally Posted by boomvader
GREAT job, you put up some inspiring numbers and are having fun in the process!
Not sure about my year totals, but since joining Strava in May of this year:
82K Ft of climbing
1,100 miles mostly MTB since I sold the roadie in September
30+ runs since August /4K Ft of climbing
already carved 7 minutes off my 5k and just having fun in the process.
New road bike
Run some xterra trail races
solo the barn burner 104
Have fun kids!
First off, great thread idea.
While I do not ever log mileage, I can say that I did not ride enough in 2012, but can you really ever ride enough? Things I've accomplished? Rode a few new trails, like BCT. Met a few new riding buddies (thanks MTBR). Side note, always funny to introduce a new riding buddy to other friends. "Yeah, we met online. We have so much in common". Anyways, I also got a bit involved in trail building, which is actually a blast! Also, my friend and I did 8 laps at the Dawn to Dusk race, which was great.
Goals for 2013?
Do 10 laps at the D to D.
Fully climb Mesquite at the White Tanks, immediately followed by fully cleaning Goat Camp on the way down.
Get a road bike again (sold it to pay for my wedding).
Meet more people.
Get my 2 year old riding (already got the bike!)
Ride more new trails.
And, of course, ride more.
Again, good thread.
too few rides,, too much work,, but the money was insane,, so ill be damned if i'm not going to milk it like jack hannah to a rhinoceros prostate.
Awesome Bob! BTW... Nice Ford Bronco in your avatar!
Originally Posted by Bituman
Nice job, Mike! Man, you are fast on the bike! Great performance at CCBF and you could've probably lapped me the other day if you did a second Fat Tire 40 lap! :-)
Originally Posted by azpoolguy
Thanks, Terry! Great riding with you this year. We need to do more Wednesday night rides with the Pigs!
Originally Posted by tjkm
Tyson, pretty cool sacrifice you made selling your bike to fund your wedding. Always make sure to remind your wife of that one! ;-)
Originally Posted by tysonnemb
Great stories and numbers! Keep them coming!
For 2013, I want to stretch out my rides and climb more. Hopefully become more fit, so I am not dropped so much during fast group rides on the road and on the MTB. Would love to do at least one AES race and definitely do Flight of the Pigs!
Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to dish out negative rep then.
Originally Posted by boomvader
Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.
Worst year for miles in about 20 years. Old job sucked the life out of me, then looking for a job... New job is much better: ) I have a life again. Money's way overrated! Time and peace of mind are priceless.
About 2000 miles, half road, half MTB, most in the second half of the year. I'm looking forward to a better 2013.
After 3 years of averaging 7,000+ miles on the road bike I did something different this year.
I bought a MTB in Feb (well 3, two for me and one for my daughter).
I started riding more with her, we did both road and MTB, she's 12 but can ride pretty well as long as it's not too chunky.
Anyways, on Road bike 136 rides, 3087 miles, 95k feet of climbing, on mountain bike 83 rides, 1133 miles, 69k feet of climbing.
I had much more fun this year, my goal for next year is to ride more with my daughter, get my girlfriend out on the bike more and continue having lots of fun.
Ok, finished off my riding for 2012 this morning with some new-to-me trails out in the Goldfield Mtns, fun stuff out there!!
2012 was a banner year riding for me, all mountain bike miles. I have one bike, Voodoo Dambala 29er hardtail. I participated in 8 out of 9 AES events (missed Ray's Aspen Asphyxiation) and only DNF'd the last one out at the McDowell's. I finally gathered up enough gear to jump into the bikepacking world, now I'm hooked forever. I gave the AZT300 a go this year, I will conquer you in 2013!! Met a ton of cool people, mostly from here.
I've been mountain bike riding since '94 and it blows me away to think that only 3 years ago my longest ride was something like 24 miles!!
Avg Distance:23.45 mi
Max Distance:252.31 mi
Avg Speed:5.9 mph
Elevation Gain:293,936 ft
Avg Elevation Gain:2,279 ft
Max Elevation Gain:22,446 ft
Avg Time:3:59:18 h:m:s
Max Time:55:42:14 h:m:s
The bolded ones were my only real 'goals' for 2012, I was shooting for 3/300, but came up a bit shy on the climbing.
As for 2013: I'm not really setting any number goals. It's more about the ride experience as a whole. Completing certain events like the AZT300, Coco250, putting together new bikepacking routes, crossing off more new-to-me trails. I'll still track the rides & see how it all shakes out. Cheers!
I have no idea what I accomplished in 2012. I rode a great deal, I wrecked a few times, same as any other year.
So for 2013, I am going to track all of my miles. I am going to shoot for 3000 miles, any combination of dirt and road.
Getting a dropper post is like getting a bidet. I didn't know I needed one until I get one and boy, does my ass thank me.
I have been doing more advocacy work than actual riding this past year. Hiking, hiking, and more hiking to put together a proposal for the MEDL trail plan. A few meetings as well, the last one being very constructive I think.........we shall see. Any ways working very hard for all of our enjoyment on trails here in Flagstaff. It's way bigger than riding for me, in some ways I have been working to make this happen for about ten years, at least the more tech/dh/fr/am aspect of things. TEN YEARS! Dang........that is a chunk for sure but things are happening.
Swim 43, Bike 2563, Run 1012. Best result was fast finish at Tempe Urban Dirt Tri, or maybe 1h12:26 at Army Ten Miler (run). Worst result was DNF at AES BCT with three miles to go, because I was tired of pumping air into my slashed sidewall tubeless tire! See you guys/gals out there. Happy trails in 2013!
Nothing to brag about but since I made the effort to record it I might as well report it.
It looks like my total is 1600 miles 145000' of climbing in 175 hours and 85 rides. Could have been better but I didn't ride at all for three months between mid July and mid Oct.
I just went back and read everybody else's stats and goals again and figured I should add some more.
I much prefer long rides to short but riding with kids etc. doesn't always allow that.
It looks like Dag and I are on the same riding schedule in terms of number of rides, climbing and miles.
Like many others here I just got back on the bike after years of rarely riding. Mostly because my daughter wanted to start bike racing. I'm not even sure why I race except it seems to add a sense of legitimacy to time spent on the bike and of course it is just fun to be around mtb folks. The thought of training for racing is not very appealing. I just go ride hard. I'll probably get my butt kicked in Cat 2 50+ this year because I refuse to make riding into a chore.
I didn't have any specific goals in 2012 beyond having a good time and not embarrassing myself in the races. I didn't need to get in shape or lose weight, in fact I gained some. I achieved several things that I hadn't planned to do and found my training diet of Dr. Pepper and Doritos was a winning formula. I did a few AES races, the Whiskey 50, Quad Bypass, and the entire MBAA series as well as the XC Nationals in Sun Valley. I had a blast up there but then took three months off the bike to do other stuff like bowhunting.
I don't have any specific riding goals for next year either except to keep riding fun and only do it when I feel like it. I'm really enjoying riding my new Karate Monkey SS.
Last edited by gila monster; 12-31-2012 at 11:46 PM.
I came up a bit short on goals, mostly due to a cracked frame and some life events that over ran events such as the Coco 250 and TOWM, but still an ever so slight incremental improvement over the previous year. Didn't get 2k miles or 100 rides, but not too bad.
1636 miles (3 miles more than last year....good thing I rode in the Goldfields yesterday)
~150k ft climbing. I guess you lose the year totals on strava when a new year comes in!
Next year: 110 rides and 2k+ miles plus AZT300 and Coco 250 adventures. .........and less bike drama.
Originally Posted by owtdorz