BikeRadar’s 2020 cycling resolutions | What we want to achieve on the bike this year

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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The turn of the year gives riders the opportunity to reflect on the 12 months past and look ahead at what’s to come in 2020 — us included.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’re a varied bunch here at </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">BikeRadar</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> — with roadies and mountain bikers, gravel riders and bikepackers, cross-country racers and downhill slayers — but all share a passion for riding and enjoying life on two wheels, regardless of the discipline.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What’s in store for us this year? Here are the <em>BikeRadar</em> team’s cycling resolutions for 2020. Got your own goal for the year to come? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>
<h2>Jack Luke – 2020 will be the year of contemplative chamois time</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before I moved to the south west to start my role at the good ship </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">BikeRadar, </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">most of my riding time was spent alone. Moving here brought many exciting new things into my life, including the chance to ride with a host of like-minded bike weirdos.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While I’ll rarely turn down the chance to ride with chums these days, a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B6qZ199Fcax/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Christmas break spent riding solo back home</a> in Highland Perthshire has reminded me of how pleasant reclusive repeats, isolated intervals and antisocial audaxing can be. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For 2020, I will temper time spent with pals with a healthy measure of contemplative unaccompanied chamois time.</span></p>
<h2>Tom Marvin – Bad weather? Bring it on</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Tom dreams of dry, dusty trails, but bad weather isn’t going to stop him getting out on the bike.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Dylan Dunkerton</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My new year’s resolution is to not shy away from riding in all weather. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It can be easy to forfeit a ride when the weather’s bad, especially when there are plenty more opportunities just around the corner, but riding in mucky conditions sharpens the skills and helps maintain fitness through the murkier months of the year. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While on the face of it wet and cold rides aren’t as appealing as hitting buff, dry dusty trails, nine times out of ten, riding in the slop is just as fun, so long as you look at it with the right attitude.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even if you really hate the wet, it certainly makes those perfect-condition rides feel even more special — especially if you’re in the physical condition to make the absolute most out of them.</span></p>
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<h2>Matthew Loveridge – I’m going multi-modal</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I want to go multi-modal, which is a pretentious way of saying that I like the idea of doing some decent-length rides that end up at a station from where I can get a train home. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’ve always found there’s something unfulfilling about riding endless loops from home, with every outing ending up right where it started. An A to B journey is inherently more satisfying, because it gives you a destination to aim for.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I did a great ride many years go from Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed via the Lammermuirs, propelled by a howling tailwind. Something along those lines would be ideal.</span></p>
<h2>Mildred Locke – No goals, one big challenge</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Mildred has signed up for the 600km Second City Divide in September.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Andy Lloyd / Immediate Media Co</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">2019 was all about </span><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/rediscovering-the-joy-of-cycling/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">slowing down and enjoying the ride</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">; this year my cycling goal is to not have a particular goal at all. Instead I’ll ride simply because I want to. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having said that, I couldn’t start the year without signing up for something crazy and out of my league, so in September I’ll be taking on the </span><a href="https://www.secondcitydivide.cc/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Second City Divide</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an unsupported bikepacking ride from Glasgow to Manchester. Apparently I’m determined to have a 600k under my belt, despite previous failed attempts.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I suppose I should do some training after all…</span></p>
<h2>Max Wilman – 2020 will be a wheelie good year…</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Balance skills are essential when it comes to navigating a variety of trail conditions — after all, being fluid on a mountain bike is key to maintaining trail flow and speed.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And while some MTB skills, like <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/learn-how-to-trackstand-in-4-easy-steps/">trackstands</a> and <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/news/how-to-manual-a-mountain-bike/">manuals</a>, will help you become a better rider, <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/skills/learn-how-to-wheelie-with-anna-glowinski/">wheelies</a> are, in reality, pretty useless. But they do look cool.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unfortunately, it’s one of the skills I lack. Therefore, my new year’s resolution is to practice wheelies — even if that means looking like a yob on my rides into work.</span></p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/skills/learn-how-to-wheelie-with-anna-glowinski/">How to wheelie on a mountain bike</a></li>
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<h2>Joe Norledge – Swapping marathons for Olympic XC races</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Joe is BikeRadar’s resident mountain bike racer.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <a class="im-image-caption" href="https://www.instagram.com/petersmithmtbphotos/"><strong>Peter Smith (@petersmithmtbphotos — Instagram)</strong></a></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having raced XC marathons for the last few years; now my resolution is to do more Olympic cross-country races again.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’m also 34 this year, so while my fitness might be declining a little, I’m hoping the years of experience and huge bank of suffering during training will help make up for areas where I’m lacking. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I also can’t wait to feel the thrill of a cross-country race again. Sitting on that start line with the starter’s pistol about to fire; I haven’t found many more nerve-wracking experiences within cycling.</span></p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/routes-and-rides/10-reasons-you-should-try-a-mountain-bike-race/">10 reasons why you should try a mountain bike race</a></li>
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<h2>Oli Woodman – Getting back on track</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year I’m looking to restore my legs, which have sadly withered through inactivity. Lots of unexpected events meant 2019 was probably my worst cycling year to date. Still, I’m looking forward to getting back into consistent mileage — be it on or off-road, indoors or outdoors.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’ll also be making a conscious effort to eat a little better, for the environment’s sake as well as mine. Less red meat, not so many sweet things and swapping beers for spirits.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s to sunny evening rides, frequent café stops and perhaps some electrical assistance for 2020!</span></p>
<h2>Alex Evans – I pledge to become the ultimate planker in 2020</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Former downhill racer Alex wants to improve his off-bike strength in 2020.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few years ago, I used to spend every moment of my free time — when I wasn’t riding, working or doing anything else bike-related — at the gym trying to get lean and strong, supplementing my base fitness and strength from riding on and off-road. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That all came to an abrupt halt at the end of 2018 while testing bikes. A particularly nasty crash resulted in a stage four separation of the right AC joint in my shoulder that had already suffered a stage three separation a few years previously. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite my best intentions to get it back to full strength, I never rediscovered my plank-loving, gym-going rhythm of old and have quite obviously suffered with a loss of strength — my body now looking more like a T-Rex than a sturdy mountain biker should.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2020, that’s all due to change, and I promise to get back to my old ways of going to the gym and sneaking in a cheeky plank whenever possible.</span></p>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/banish-back-pain-with-these-10-simple-exercises-anyone-can-try/">Banish back pain with these ten simple exercises</a></li>
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<h2>Simon Bromley – Rediscovering type two fun</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For 2020, I want to rediscover the world of time-trialing. While time-trials are not everyone’s idea of fun, I’ve always enjoyed the mixture of fitness and technology (and my partner is threatening to sell my TT bike if I don’t start using it again).</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s not really a new year’s resolution, as I’ve been working on this goal since late October (I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, as anyone who follows me on Strava will know), but it’s already providing a rich vein of motivation to get me out on the bike.</span></p>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/10-steps-to-your-best-ever-time-trial/">10 steps to your best ever time-trial</a></li>
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<h2>Felix Smith – I’m going off-road</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> 2019 was all about gravel for Felix, but he’s turning his attention to mountain biking this year.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>The Rift Gravel Race</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My new year’s resolution is to do more mountain biking. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t long ago when all my rides were off-road but, once I went for my first long cycle tour on the road, I realised how fun it can be. Since then, I feel like I’ve lost my inner mountain biker and am keen to re-find some of the mediocre skills I once possessed. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It will also be ideal training for future gravel races that I want to challenge myself with in 2020. When I </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o03kw08KT_o"><span style="font-weight: 400;">raced The Rift in Iceland in 2019</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, I found it really tough not just in my legs, but on my body, too. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With that in mind, my new year’s resolution is not only going to be fun, but it will also hopefully help me out when the going gets rough on the gravel.</span></p>
<h2>George Scott – More skills? Sign me up</h2>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like Felix, I’m planning to spend more time off-road in 2020. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’m a road rider at heart, having spent the vast majority of my cycling life (and career as a bike journalist) on skinny tyres, but that’s beginning to change. I bought a Mason Bokeh </span><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-gravel-bikes/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">gravel bike</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> before Christmas and my long-term test bike for </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">BikeRadar</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> this year is a Canyon Spectral AL 5.0 trail bike.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’ll happily admit my technical skills aren’t up to scratch – let’s be honest, I’m rubbish – so my resolution is to sign-up to a mountain bike skills course. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Simple, but I’m hoping it will pay off in the long run.</span></p>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/8-essential-mountain-biking-skills-to-master-this-winter/">8 essential mountain biking skills to master this winter</a></li>
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