It’s that time of year again as Rapha and Strava have announced their annual festive riding challenge. As with every other year I’ve spotted this, then seen the thousands of people who’ve joined in and thought “don’t these people have lives outside of cycling, or loved ones, or family commitments?” It’s not a moan, it’s a genuine question.
I’ve always liked the idea of riding the Festive 500 myself but as someone with a wife, young kids, family commitments including birthdays and travel all within the last week of December, 500kms is never going to happen, (unless I’m angling for a swift divorce, which I’m not). The festive season is also a time I look forward to spending some quality time with my wife and kids and riding moves into the background a touch.
So each year, I’ve found it frustrating that no one is running a challenge for the rest of us, those with busy lives, commitments etc but who would love to get some riding in where possible over the festive period.
With that in mind, last year I held the first #girodilento250 (http://girodilento.com/the-girodilento-festive-family-250km/) – a festive riding challenge for people, with lives, families and people they want/need to spend time with between December 24th and 31st.
It was good fun and brought out, shall we say, a less extreme bunch of cyclists , who did indeed have kids, wives, in-laws like me and who were also negotiating and going out for rides during the festive season, when they could get away with it. Most people seemed to hit their targets or at least got a bit more riding in than they’d previously expected.
So the #girodilento250 was born as an idea for those of us who’d like a challenge that can be wedged into the family stuff and I’m holding it again for 2013 (just like Rapha and Strava!).
The good people at Road.cc have kindly let me post this blog and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to do that as I’m hoping that more of you might want to join in.
As it’s a simple idea, I’m also keeping it as straightforward as possible to make it easy for you to join in should you wish to.
So here are the “rules”/guidelines as I see them:
Any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment here, or on my blog, Facebook page or via Twitter (@girodilento).
If you like this idea – please jump in and have a go and also please share it with other people who ride – the more involved, the merrier …. and the more festive.
There’s also a version of this post with the same rules and guidelines on my own blog at: http://girodilento.com/girodilento250-festive-family-challenge-back-2013/
Thanks for reading, thanks to Road.cc for the opportunity to tell you about it and hope to see you virtually on the girodilento festive family 250 #girodilento250