Despite moving house, changing job role and getting a first baby in 2011, there are still unfulfilled ambitions for James



As years go 2011 was a pretty monumental one in our house... and when I say house, I mean houses.

A change in role at work, a move of home and then within four weeks our first baby. All within 12 months and one week of getting married... bullets have left guns slower than that but throughout all of the chaos and settling in, I still maintained a bit of fitness and enjoyment on my bike.

One thing that has been clear is that with an infant you cannot plan too far in advance but despite the adjustment needed I squeezed in a ride in the Wiggle Steeplechase during September. If you squint on the event YouTube video you can see my road.cc socks.

Through the winter I have been getting out a bit on the singlespeed but spent more time finishing my latest book. Now that is out of the way I am starting to hone my ambitions for 2012 and looking forward to achieving my goals.

One of them took only 11 hours to achieve with the New Years Day "Frostbite 10" with my club Fenland Clarion. I wanted to take my standard road bike round in about 32 mins as I hadn't done much and was on winter tyres etc.

My aim is now to take part a bit more in club events, mid week 10's etc. as well as selected sportives. The first of which is coming up sooner than I probably would like... Wiggle No Excuses.

So what are you planning for 2012 and would you like to commit to it so we can review in the autumn?




James has been blogging for road.cc for 5 years and racing bicycles (averagely) for 20 years. 


woollee23 [98 posts] 3 years ago

Boots! Good to see your update. And what a year you've had...

My goals for the year include taking part in some local time trials, audaxes at 200, 300, 400 and 600km, and some cyclo-cross in the autumn... Finances for a 'cross bike permitting.

I look forward to following your exploits.

How's the singlespeed working out? Are you riding fixed yet?

warrener25 [5 posts] 3 years ago

All the best with it  1

Littlehuan [46 posts] 3 years ago

Well this occasional commuter and lazy weekend rider might be in a bit of a pickle. I'm aiming for 170 miles on a tandem one day in June.  13 Hadrian's Cycleway, racing some walkers doing half that distance with 4 days head start. My companion's just had a baby too, and I've got 3 kids and a job. It'll be fine... training's for wimps.

notfastenough [3655 posts] 3 years ago

I'm aiming to resolve my knee issues, join a club, ride a few sportives and maybe a couple of '10's.

stevevfr [46 posts] 3 years ago

Nice article JPW  16

Firstly, it would be nice to squeeze a few rides in with you at some point as last year was a crazy one for you! As for my goals, well there are numerous again this year.

To squeeze a 23 something on a fast 10 course somewhere

To do a 25 something round the Peterborough CC 10 course (near Southey Woods)

To complete the 154 mile Flat Out in the Fens course in June whilst raising £1,000.00 for charity along the way

I fancy doing more 25 mile TT's and would like to do a 50 miler towards the end of the season

To catch up with that bloke we rode with (Andy Lane) back in our Clarion days as 16 & 17 year olds.

To continue to grow www.yaxleyriders.co.uk (which JPW and I founded nearly 3 years ago), more riders & more organised rides in 2012 (looking good so far if the traffic on our facebook group is anything to go by.

And, and, and........

Well we will just have to see what else comes along!

Have a great 2012 everyone  4