Rather than giving stuff up or trying to think of ways to be ‘a better me,’ when a brand new year begins I prefer to spend time thinking about what I’d like to do over the coming 12 months.

This year, I began by titling my list  ‘Goals for 2016,’ but as I started writing things it became clear that I don’t really have any specific goals as such, more a bunch of things of things I’m probably going to do anyway. So rather than having to push myself and be motivated, my main struggle is going to be having enough time and money to do everything I want to do.


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When it comes to setting real goals, that are specific, measurable, achievable and all down to me (rather than being affected by others), I’ve been struggling. I’d like to be fitter and faster as racing is even more enjoyable when you are, but how can I measure my fitness? I could write that I’d like to finish in a higher place at the Red Hook Crit, but my fitness isn’t the only determining factor in that – it depends on the performances of the other riders too.

So whilst I figure out a way of setting some fitness targets (any tips gratefully received!), here’s my kind of sort of list of cycling goals for 2016.

  • Compete in all events in the Red Hook Crit series.
  • Enter (my first) road race.
  • Upgrade my British Cycling race license to Cat 3.
  • Compete in a round of the UK Enduro Series.
  • Go to Eroica California.
  • Take my mountain bike to Morzine.
  • Go on a training camp
  • Go to Malaga and ride Ruben Alcantara’s skatepark.
  • Go cycle touring and camp out.
  • Get to the velodrome once a month.
  • Enter at least three cross races
  • Qualify as a British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader.
  • Race (some of) track league (I can’t afford to go very often as the velodrome is so far).
  • Demo a full on Downhill mountain bike.


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Aside from cycling, I’d like to:

  • Grow some of my own food to eat – Dave and I just picked up the keys to our new allotment.
  • Bake some amazing new cakes – if you fancy sharing any recipes (particularly vegan ones!), that would be amazing.
  • Paint the shed.

What are your goals for 2016? Have I missed anything fun from my list of things to do? Where will you be going with your bicycle this year?



Comments (9)
  1. Emma January 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I’m inspired by all things bike too! I might make note of a few of these and I defo want to take on the velodrome too! Never done this before! Good luck with the goals 🙂

    • Juliet_Elliott January 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Hi Emma. Awesome, hope you make it to the velodrome. Why not book yourself onto the beginners course now, I bet there’s a waiting list. Have fun!!

  2. Donna January 7, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Great set of goals, Juliet. Good luck with them all. For me, this year I’d love to get some mountain biking skills under my belt and try sone more of that! I need to get some more tips from you!

  3. Chim N Sky January 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Juliet. This is awesome Blog and inspiring me for start Blogging.
    Thank you

  4. Maria D January 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of goals. Sounds like you’ll have a busy 2016! I’m impressed you’ve raced at Red Hook Crits. I watched one in Milan and it looked pretty fierce racing! I look forward to hearing how you get on at the series.
    I don’t have many cycling goals for this year. I would just like to do some cycle touring in the UK along some of the well known routes like Transpennine trail and South Downs Way. I also plan to get back into track cycling. I will look out for you at one of the velodromes. Happy cycling.

    • Juliet_Elliott January 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Maria! I think it will be pretty busy, but thats the way I like it. I’d like to do some UK touring too – I’ve not done much of it yet. Maybe I’ll see you down the track? Have a great 2016!

  5. Ron January 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Uh…just about everyone who rides bikes (kinda) seriously wants to be fitter and faster this year! And it’ll happen again next year. Just the way it goes.

    – tune out the negative (this is hard as a cyclist when I’m nearly run over daily by darn motorists driving and playing with their “smart” phones)
    – only speak about positive things
    – fit in more long road rides
    – support my wife and new baby due in May lovingly
    – build a proper bike shed

    • Juliet_Elliott January 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      these are great goals. I’ve realised recently that I need to tune out the negative myself – I’m always saying ‘i’m so slow,’ or ‘I’m so crap!’

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