12×100 Peer Pressure Priorities

January is passing me by. Before 2013 began, I resolved to write an inspirational “Start Of The Year” article, highlighting the wonderful things that cyclists had done in 2012. It was to be a work of gravitas, impact, empathy and skill. It was to draw on the wonderful successes of the London 2012 Olympics and it was going to apply some of those successes to the very real achievements of you, the readers and the 12×100 cyclists.

But I didn’t do it. It’s too late now. It’s mid-January and all the “New Year” blog posts have been done. Extremely well, in most cases.

So instead, you’re getting this. I’m hoping you’ll like it.

2012 In The 12×100

I’m based in the UK. The bulk of the 12×100 riders are, too. As a consequence we didn’t ride as many miles in 2012 as we did in 2011. The weather in the UK has been rubbish. Not biblical (unless you’re living in parts of Yorkshire or Dorset) but consistently rubbish: rainy, dark and cold. Not conducive to riding bikes.

With that said, the results have been amazing. A grand total of 63,640 miles cycled by the 34 people who logged miles in 2012. This is an average of 199 miles per month each for those cyclists who logged each month – most of those miles were for leisure. People having fun on bikes. This makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too.

A little surprisingly, the month with the highest miles logged was May, just before the rain began. The rain didn’t stop until late December.

If you’ve not taken part in the 12×100 Monthly Cycling Challenge yet, hit the link on the menu above. There’s a little form for you to fill in. Do it now. All you have to do is decide to ride your bike regularly. Try to ride 100 miles or more every month, but if you don’t do it, don’t worry too much.

I’ll share something with you which isn’t a secret – I don’t do the 100 most months. In 2012 I only actually cycled 624 miles. Not exactly a sparkling achievement. But it’s 624 miles more than the other 43 year-old bloke who spent all his evenings and free days watching TV and eating crisps.

My life will be longer as a result of those 624 miles. If I can do 100 miles a month in 2013, my life will even longer still.Will yours? I hope so. Ride your bikes. Tell ‘em Phill sent you 🙂

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8 comments on “12×100 Peer Pressure Priorities

  1. Jon

    I’m just about on target for 100 miles this month. I’ve got more chance this year as there is a regular group riding each weekend. It is also making me ride sections I previously might not have attempted.

    Win-win situation.

  2. Phill

    Brilliant news Jon. You’ll have to tell me about the group, I need a kick some weekends!

  3. Chris

    This looks like a great challenge. By some miracle I seem to have leapt out of the blocks this year and should manage 100 miles this month (if this snow buggers off). I’m targetting 1000 miles this year which is twice what I normally manage. So this would seem to be a good way to motivate me. Just hope 2013 is less wet than 2012, I’m a bit of a fair weather cyclist 🙂

  4. Phill

    Hey Chris,
    Go for it! I’m hoping for some pretty snow this weekend but not so much as it stops me riding 🙂 Please fill in the wee form and let’s get you on the sheet. Yay for riding pushbikes!

  5. Chris

    Hi Phill, I filled the form in a couple of days ago (I think). Do I need to do anything else to get on the spreadsheet? Cheers!

  6. Phill

    Hi Chris,
    I didn’t receive the form, but don’t worry, I’ve added you anyway! You should have an email from me with a link to the sheet. Welcome aboard the good ship #12×100 🙂

  7. Jon

    Hi Phill,

    Sorry hadn’t seen you’d replied.

    I was going to tell you about the group, but seeing as you’ve stolen my high street idea….

    Actually, it’s just me, my brother-in-law, his neighbour and son.

    The neighbour rides a Lapierre and his son has a Kona full sus, which he rides up Rooley Moor Road on the BIG RING, but usually something falls off it by the time he gets up to the top of the climb 🙂

    Usually Sunday mornings, so you are more than welcome to join us…

  8. Phill

    That would be ME falling off it, brig-ringing up RMR :0)

    Cheers Jon, must make a date to slow you all down!

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