Last night was incredible. We ate dinner with some friends and then joined the hundreds of Girona residents on the cathedral steps at midnight for the traditional eating of 12 grapes. Watching all those people fill their cheeks at a pace equalling the church bells was a perfect ending to a massive year for me.

Then New Years day hit like a tonne of bricks. As well as enjoying too many Cava’s last night the 1st January also marks the end of the festivities and the start of putting those 2017 plans into action. This can all seem like hard work.

So we did what any sane cyclist would do and went for a bike ride. The sun was shining, the roads were free of traffic and my hangover gradually faded away. I started to think about all the achievements of the year and those dreaded new years resolutions. I prefer to think of what I actually want to do next year, rather than what I have done wrong and need to correct. Most resolutions like that don’t stick anyway.

As well as getting married (the highlight of course my darling Louise), launching Eat Sleep Cycle, cycling across France bottom to top & East to West, across the Pyrenees 4 times, some solid results in the Spanish Elite race scene, I have also made some amazing new friends in our new home Girona.

2016 was the year to prove to myself that anything is possible. For many years I had dreams, ideas and plans of what I would do if I just didn’t have to go to work tomorrow and the next and the next and the next. In 2016 I did exactly what I wanted to do, lived where I wanted to live and rode my bike as much as I wanted to ride it. I of course worked extremely hard too. Our first Eat Sleep cycle tours and training camps have been a success because of the hard work of the three of us involved.

You can see where I am going with this… now I know that anything is possible, the gates are opened, there are no barriers to the Eat Sleep Cycle lifestyle and creating new amazing trips, meeting new friends, getting good race results, creating new cycling ventures,…….

Bring on 2017!

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