After an absence from riding due to my attendance at the AMB tradeshow in Stuttgart and a less than ideal weekend weatherwise, it was that weather that prompted me to look at the rides I’ve done so far this year. As I save all my GPX tracks from the tiny i-gotU tracker to a Google Drive folder and organize them in subfolders by year and type of ride (road, MTB, CX and fat), it was fairly easy to get a picture of what I’ve done during this fairly wet, some would go as far and say summerless, season. As both cyclocross and fat-biking are about to begin again in October, I limited the number crunching to road and mountain biking.
While there will be more road and hopefully mountain bike rides in 2014, the numbers paint a fairly clear picture: 2014 was not a mountain-biking year. My 29er has carved tire tracks into the trails a measly 24 times while my two road bikes got a taste of tarmac a whopping 61 times. If the trails don’t dry up in the coming weeks, the 29er might not even roll out the basement again as the fatty will soon take over.
All that said, I’ve spent about the same hours cycling this year as last, but I’m way ahead as far as number of miles. There are still three months and a handful of days left, so it’ll be interesting how the weather and the arrival of winter will influence the final numbers. Weather, after all, is the primary factor that dictates what type of riding I do - be it road, mountain, cyclocross or fat-biking.