After last year’s amazing trip to the 100th running of the Tour de France, and with the sudden issues within my extended family over the past 6 months, I figured it was time to write up a bucket list of places I want to ride my bike before I can’t ride anymore.
As I said, it’s a bit morbid, but I’ve seen my Grandfather go from getting around on his own to being wheelchair-bound in 9 months, and my uncle being a day from dying and stuck in bed with a colostomy bag in the span of 3 weeks, it’s been weighing on my mind, and I felt I needed to put words to the feeling of unease that comes with truly knowing you could and will be there at some point in time in the future.
So what better than a bucket list. And with my rekindled love of cycling, I want to see and experience these places on a bike, rather than on a browser or in a car.
I’d put Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux on this list again, if I lived in Europe and would have ample ability to get to all these places, but since I don’t, I’d love to go back but I’m not sure I will.
- The Passo del Ghisallo in Italy. At the top of the climb is the Madonna del Ghisallo and the Chapel with it’s museum of the Giro d’Italia
- The Passo dello Stelvio in Italy.
- The Poggio – Part of the longest of the spring classics, Milano San Remo.
- The Cipressa Also part of Milano San remo.
- Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
- From Salzburg to Zell am See, Austria
- The Col du Tourmalet
- The Col du Galibier — We were supposed to climb this when I was in France, but due to bus driver scheduling, I was unable to do so. Instead we rode Villard Raymond and Les Deux Alpes.
- The cobbles of the Arenberg Forest
- The Paterberg
- The Koppenberg
- Mount Diablo
- Monte Zoncolan
- Mauna Kea in Hawaii
- Mount Palomar
- Mount Baldy
- Col de la Madeline
- Cycling the Great Wall of China
- Sky-Mass in Virginia
- Mount Lemmon in Arizona
- Ride Across the US
- Cycling the Munroes in Scotland
- Cycling around Lake Louise in Canada