Closing the cycling season
🚴 🚴 🚴 My bicycle rides results 2023 🚴 🚴 🚴
UPD. Originally I’ve published this post on October 14th, but it turned out that after that I continued to ride a bike for some time. So I decided just to update the post with more relevant information.
Last spring I bought a bike, and after a pretty long hiatus, I came back to riding!
In recent years I have had to live in different countries and cities, so my old bike stayed with my parents (where it is probably still waiting for me). This year I realized that I miss cycling and decided that I needed to fix it. And also I was probably motivated by the locals, who ride bicycles here all year round, even in 30-degree frosts! I’m not so strong yet, so I waited for warm spring days and bought a used bike from an ad on the local website.
Previously I rode mostly on weekends, and it was more such a stress reliever and some form of exercise for me. But this year I also used the bike as my main transport to go to work, shops, and other errands. I live in Joensuu, a city with a pretty well-developed infrastructure for cyclists, so riding here is very comfortable (also it allows me to save money on public transport). And of course, I continued to ride in my free time over longer distances - in the outskirts of the city and to neighboring places.
My company took part in a cycling competition over the summer together with other local organizations and teams - Kilometrikisa. I also took part in it, so I collected some statistics from my rides:
- date of first ride - April 22
- date of last ride - October 24
- total distance - 2523km
- total time - 141h
- # of rides - 257
- common elevation gain - 10347m
- # of broken tires - 1
- # of falls - 1
Maybe this is not so significant result, but I had a good time anyway!
I collected data using the Strava mobile app. I’m not very happy with it, so probably I’ll look for something better in the future.
To sum it up, I’m glad that the bicycle has returned to my life. These half a year of riding gave me many pleasant moments. For now, I’m ending my rides for this year due to cold weather, but in the future, I hope to learn how to be as strong and hardy as the Finns and ride a bike all year round!