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2010 Retrospective

Friday, December 31st, 2010

2010 was a great year for me, cycling-wise … in many ways, my best year ever.


I’ll talk about the goals I set at the beginning of the year in a minute. I did pretty well overall, but most of the best stuff that happened this year wasn’t directly connected to a goal.

Most importantly, people. I rode with others more often this year.  I rode with Bill a couple more times, and I started riding with Tim and David, when we are able to connect for a ride. I rode with my other friend Dave when I could, but we didn’t get to ride as much this year. I also did some club rides, although I found that most people in the club have a much different riding mindset than I do.

I also rode my first centuries this year, and got more interested in long-distance cycling. I didn’t pursue this as much, later in the year, but it’s something I’m definitely still interested in.

Probably the best two rides of the year were the two days of riding in Big South Fork with Tim and David. (Part 1 | Part 2)

I also got significantly better at riding in various inclement weather conditions, especially snow, ice, and night riding.

I didn’t do a lot of mountain biking this year, but I did ride my mountain bike a lot in the snow, and on gravel roads.


Here are the cycling goals I set last year, and how I did:

  1. Ride 3,000 miles.
    I far exceeded my expectations, and rode 5,007 miles. In fact, I just hit 5,000 miles on the very last day of the year. Pretty exciting way to wrap up the year!
  2. Ride a century (100 miles in one ride).
    I rode five century+ rides, including the 160-mile Ride Across INdiana.
  3. Do at least three overnight bike camping trips (S24Os).
    I didn’t do any bicycle camping at all this year.
  4. Do at least one longer bicycle tour, two nights or longer.
    I didn’t do a tour.
  5. Ride my bicycle in at least two states other than Indiana.
    I rode in four new states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
  6. Explore new roads and trails.
    I did.
  7. Continue 100% bicycle commuting.
    Not quite 100%, but close.  Occasionally I will have to drive; mainly if there is a car problem, I drive the car to the shop, ride my bike to work, and ride back to pick up the car. Also, I drove for a couple of weeks after my foot surgery.

Basically, I exceeded my goals in every way, except that I didn’t do any loaded bike camping this year. For whatever reason, I never really felt the urge this year. Next year, I hope to do better. I’ve enjoyed bike camping every time I’ve done it, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t go this year.

More miles than ever before

There are two main reasons for my huge mileage increase over previous years (my previous record was 3586.5 miles, back in 2007):

  1. I moved further away from work, but continued to commute each day.
  2. I bought a road bike, which allowed me to rack up miles faster, and made longer rides more doable.

Mileage Breakdown

  • Road: 2753.45
  • Commute: 2010.28
  • Mixed terrain: 758.98
  • Mountain: 210.91


  • Surly Long Haul Trucker: 2911.23
  • Bianchi Imola: 1540.80
  • Fuji Tahoe 29 Comp: 337.84
  • Miyata Street Runner: 217.50

15 Responses to “2010 Retrospective”

  1. Chandra Says:

    That’s awesome! Congrats!!
    Happy New Year!!!
    Peace 🙂

  2. Mike Says:

    Congratulations on the goals! 5k miles is awesome! You might want to look at a local randonneuring club for next season. 😉

  3. wil Says:

    Way to go Michael. I will use your accomplishments as a part of my motivation for my goals in 2011. The Tour Divide (2012) is going to be life changing for me. Not to mention the training leading up to it. Ride safe! Wil

  4. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, guys!

    The closest rando group is in Louisville, KY, but I’m told they do some events in southern IN as well. Even if I had to go to Louisville, it would be worth it. Their schedule isn’t posted yet, unfortunately.

  5. Bill Lambert Says:

    Congratulations – 5,000 miles is a great accomplishment!

    I particularly enjoyed your ride posts. Gives me a great idea what other places are like.

  6. Tracy W Says:

    Way to go! You not only exceeded that mileage goal…you complete blew it out of the water!

    Keep up the good stories this year….

  7. Tim Says:

    Well I sure am pleased to have been part of your fav days in BSF. It was amazing stuff in every way. And congrats for doing so many miles in such a varied way, mixing terrains, rides, locales, speeds and attitudes. Great Stuff.

  8. Asher Says:

    w00t! Congratulations! You really had an awesome cycling year in 2010! Here’s hoping 2011 will treat you just as well.

    Also, your stable sounds pretty awesome 🙂

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about the LHT, and the Fuji Tahoe 29er sounds pretty sweet, but the cake-taker for me is definitely the Imola. We have an Imola at work … occasionally I stare up at it longingly and drool 🙂 It looks like a seriously sweet ride!

  9. Apertome Says:

    Asher: indeed, I am lucky to have all three, and between them, I have many different riding styles covered. The Imola is the sexiest, but the LHT is the most practical, and the most versatile. The 29er is useful for MTB rides/hardcore gravel/snow, but it doesn’t have the same allure as the other two.

  10. Steve A Says:

    5000 miles is indeed a major milestone. It takes a lot of saddle time…

  11. Barturtle Says:

    While I’ve not joined in with the Louisville Rando guys to do their rides yet, I have talked with them a little about the upcoming season. Not ideally for me, the brevets are going to be very early in the season this year so they can qualify for PBP.
    RUSA listed events

    last year they did 4 additional events (3-200k and 1-300k), but with the compressed schedule, I’m not holding out much hope for any May or June 200’s this season, besides they would have had to have been listed with RUSA by Oct 1 2010 for the 2011 season.

    all RUSA rides for the year can be found here:


  12. Tim S Says:

    thanks for the info Timothy. Don’t think I can jack that kind of mileage of myself. I’d have better luck in the Fall after a summer base.

  13. Apertome Says:

    Barturtle: Thanks very much for the info! Yikes, that is a very aggressive schedule indeed! I have a hard time picturing being ready for any of those. MAYBE 200k, but February is quite ambitious … argh!

  14. Barturtle Says:

    Full info just posted to the LBC site:


  15. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, I mean REALLY, thank you for posting the L’ville brevet info. Very helpful!

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