Yesterday, I posted about how I had stumbled across road.cc and their ‘Attaining a Higher State of Consciousness’ Challenge 2014′. Since then I have sat and mulled over what I would like to achieve from my cycling in 2014. I expected it to be a fairly easy contemplation but I’ve found it tougher than expected. I got five straight away but the others took a bit longer and I’m still stumped by number 12.
What has become clear whilst I’ve been digging around on the internet, doing my reading and getting caught up in all things ‘women’s cycling’ is that actually, there is still a massive gender divide within the sport and the resources out there for women like me.
For example, I wondered about entering a women’s race at some point this year, but when I looked for ones close to me, I couldn’t find any specifically for women. And I can tell you right now, whilst 2014 is the year for challenges, there is no way I will be putting myself in a race against men.
So, my hope for 2014 is that more support develops for women in cycling. More resources become available and more women are specifically catered for. Whilst that is not directly related to my own personal 12 challenges for 2014, it is relevant.
So, here they are, my 12 challenges for 2014:
#1. Complete 50km cycle ride – planned for 25 February 2014
#2. Learn how to fix a puncture – I rely too heavily on my OH. Independent woman and all that…
#3. Get more women involved in cycling – what’s not to love about life on two wheels?
#4. Encourage my daughter to be brave enough to ride her bike – she’s 6 and so scared of falling off.
#5. Try a spot of mountain-biking – down-hill preferably
#6. Try a Breeze Ride – women together on two wheels, how scary can it be?
#7. Complete the London to Paris cycle ride in September 2014 – palpitations at just typing the words
#8. Participate in a sportive – probably in preparation for the London to Paris cycle ride; a little test of my stamina.
#9. Go to a cycling festival – I haven’t been to any kind of festival since 1998, so a festival is long overdue and this one looks awesome, plus it’s in my home county. What could be better!?
#10. Read more cycling blogs – am I just not looking hard enough?!
#11. Brave a 10km time trial – already concerned about this one. Just the thought of it being timed is bringing me out in hives.
I haven’t found a twelfth challenge yet; more time to ponder needed I think. I’ll be keeping an eye on local races, but just in case nothing comes up, please feel free to offer suggestions and please do share your 2014 challenges. I’d love to hear what you have planned.