2013 Schedule


While it is easy to get carried away with my plans for next August, there’s a lot to do between March and July in order to succeed in the Alps. With that in mind, I put together an ambitious schedule for the coming year.

Last year the goal was to ride the four or five toughest centuries in the southeast. I succeeded in that challenge, at least in riding the popular centuries that are argued to be most challenging. However, my list was not definitive. There are lots of rides in the southeast, some of them could be tougher than the ones I attempted last year.

For this coming year, my goal is try out new rides in different parts of the country. The only duplicates on this schedule are Assault on the Carolinas and the Assault on Mount Mitchell, both of which I will ride for my third time. The remainders are all new, and some are further out of town.

These are just organized events. We’re already talking about training rides in between. Needless to say, there will be a lot of climbing in 2013.

Assault on the Carolinas Brevard, NC
Cheaha Challenge Piedmont, AL
Burnt Mountain Century Cumming, GA
3 State 3 Mountain Chattanooga, TN
Assault on Mount Mitchell Spartanburg, SC
Mountains of Misery Roanoke, VA
3 Mountain Madness Winston Salem, NC
Cherohala Challenge Tellico Plains, TN
Roan Moan Bakersville, NC
Haute Route Geneva, Switzerland to Nice, France

These rides all stop at Haute Route. There are other rides I’d like to try in the late fall, such as Tour de Gaps, Hincapie, and I’d like another run at Bridge to Bridge. Whether I do them or not will depend on how I feel.

11 responses to “2013 Schedule

  • bgddyjim

    That’s a lot of centuries brother. Good luck!

  • Tom

    Remember, you ride mountains to ride mountains. I think, and know one will like this – you get use to the pain?!

  • Gerry

    Aaron, ambitious (but probably necessary) schedule you have there. I’m not sure how many actual events I’ll tackle before the Haute Route, but I think Mont Ventoux will be sick of seeing me so much.

  • Jim Brennan

    Ambitious is an understatement. But riding in Alps? I can’t think of anything better. Leave time to take plenty of pictures! You won’t be sorry.

  • James

    Brilliant to have such goals already documented. I am at that stage in the season where I find it hard to think of next year. Went out today for 50 km in high wind and a steady -3c which is tiring. End of season blues perhaps. I do need to take a leaf from your book and schedule some challenges for next year to keep me motivated during the winter months where it is into the basement! I can climb Ventoux from there on my Elite trainer which includes real film footage of the climb as I climb, but I know it is nothing compared to what Gerry must experience in person. One day…

    • aaronwest

      Is that the ProForm trainer they advertised during the Tour de France? I know someone who bought one of those, had a horrible time setting it up, nightmarish calls to tech support for months, then loved it once he got it going.

      I’m the kind of guy that needs something on my calendar to keep me motivated. And with the HR challenge next year, I’ll need to keep my mountain legs active during the Spring and Summer.

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