There is no doubt that cycling is a drug and for most of us a little bitty thing like Winter isn't going to put us off. Mind you most of us don't go to quite the same lengths as Will to feed our addiction when the thermometer dips. Mind you, most of us don't have a personal target of 160,000 metres of altitude gained for 2008.
That works out at over 3000m a week. Now it's hilly around here and you can fit 1000m metres in to a 25 mile loop fairly 'easily' but 3000m makes the mind boggle. Will does have the advantage of cycling in the Alps, but that's only an advantage some of the time. Most cyclists probably don't realise this, but the Alps aren't just famous as big mountains for riding up some people like to ski down them and that means snow (and ice) not ideal conditions for the all year round climber. A lesser man might dig out the Tacx iMagic and satisfy himself with riding up a virtual Alpe D'Huez.
Not Will though read his "Six secrets for cycling in the Alps in Winter*" and marvel at what addiction can drive you too.
*Okay, they're not secret anymore, but then I don't thin Will needs worry about being jostled by crowds of cyclists as he battles up to the ski station any time soon.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.