At TWC one of our biggest goals is to inspire and encourage our readers. So at the dawn of 2017, we created an index of advice articles to help you to reach whichever cycling heights you're aiming for this year: from getting started to racing competitively.
To add a little motivational twist, we're also running weekly giveaways throughout December. We just want you to tell us what you’re doing to help get you closer to your cycling goals this January, with a picture to prove you’re doing it.
Pictures can be sent via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and need to be tagged with #TWC2017Goals. We've picked one winner today and will choose two more on the 17th and 24th- so keep your pictures and messages coming!
So - without further ado - we'd like to announce the first winner....
We've been following Katherine on Instagram, Twitter and via her blog and she's been doing some amazing things. This year, she's tackling plenty: a new job, life in a motor home to facilitate it, and she's aiming to become a 'Super Randonneur' - that means she want's to achieve Audax UK’s traditional award for the top 10 per cent of hardened night-riders. She'll need to ride a series of 200, 300, 400 and 600km all in one season.
Good luck Katherine! We'll be sending a copy of 'Ultimate Etapes: Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages' by Peter Cossins to inspire your future adventures.
Though we did, of course, have to pick one winner it doesn't mean there weren't loads of you who made us feel excited and inspired for the year to come. Here are just a few more of the lovely New Year's Resolutions we received....
What a great Resolution! Hear our advice on finding a group to ride with here.
Amen to that! Advice on riding through winter conditions here.
Wow - exciting adventures! Feel inspired by Emily Chappell's story of her Transcon adventures.
— Rhianedd Hurley (@MrsRHurley) January 6, 2017
Good luck with the plan! More tips on planning training here.
— Christine Constable (@chrisfc99) January 10, 2017
Great to see that the healthy activity has already started! Here's how to lose weight cycling - make sure it stays fun for the best chance of sticking with it.
— Joanna James (@JoannaBach) January 9, 2017
Well done on signing up! We've got a selection of triathlon advice and articles - check them out here.
— Kirsty James (@kirjames8) January 9, 2017
Keeping your bike clean and in good running order is a great way to ensure you'll get your miles in - here's our video guide.
— Janet Herring (@JanetAlabare) January 8, 2017
There's some great goals right there, and what we love is that they all feed into one another - joining a club, riding through winter and working on your climbing will help with the sportives. And for sure they'll prepare you for Caen to Nice! More advice on goal setting and achieving here.
— Ali (@BarlowAlison) January 8, 2017
Great goal! And all of those things will absolutely help. For days when it's tough, see our tips for winter commuting for inspiration and any advice you need.
— Lisa Evans (@lisadavies73) January 7, 2017
It's great to include your family - we've got plenty of articles for kids (well, their parents) here.
— Tammy Westrup (@Tkw2014) January 7, 2017
It's so great to hear there's one more awesome female cyclist in the world! One of these will probably be up your street: Beginner Road Cyclist 101, Beginner Mountain Biker 101 or Beginner Commute Cyclist 101: All you need to know.
— Anne Thompson (@AnneThompson10) January 6, 2017
Sorry to hear that you've had knee problems - but it's great to hear you're getting back to cycling - well done!
— Amy C (@SnowToSea) January 6, 2017
Turbo training can be seriously tough, but it's excellent preparation. See '12 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid on the Turbo Trainer' if it's all new to you.
Goal = Double last years distance & complete Yorkshire Lass 60 mile sportive.
— DutchSnappy (@DutchSnappy1) January 3, 2017
You can do it! Up your distance gradually, and take on rides with friends to make the miles fly by.
Sometimes getting out the door is the hardest bit!
All great plans! Hills feel easier when you don't build them up in your head too much - more on that here.
2017 cycling goals- are well under way, started MTB riding to keep up the training, joined a cycling group @rapha_rcc and went out for my first group cycle! Yay and when I'm not wanting to brave the elements and icy roads - the turbo has become a fixed item in the kitchen ????. Start the year as you mean to go on and not just for January. If you put your mind to it, set yourself realistic goals and make time for yourself you can do it. You will have bad days, days you're just tired but remember you also need a break, rest days and just good old sofa days. Happy 2017 and good luck with your goals for 2017???? #twc2017goals #2017 #cycling #queenofthemountain #cyclechic #cyclelikeagirl @ttlwomenscycling #epping #coffee #turbo #training #happydays
Tons of goals, and some great advice in there too.
Great to hear we have a new racer in the ranks! Check out this article for tips for anyone thinking of crit or road races this year.
Entry ready, kit ready, team ready: you're on the way!
Great kit makes all the difference sometimes, doesn't it? See our winter kit reviews here.
Oh FTP testing, how I have not missed you ???????????? For 2017, I don't only want to build on my numbers, but also just learn how to ride stronger and smarter! #swimbikerun #cycling #womencycling #tritraining #triathlontraining #triathlon #triathlete #bikes #livbeyond #bikechi #rideyobike #paincave #twc #fromwhereiride #shero #stongher #twcweride #twc2017goals #trainertime #winterwatts #moarwatts #shutuplegs
Yep, know all about that - and it hurts! More information about training with power and using that FTP test to set your zones here.
Thanks for all of your lovely submissions! We'll pick another winner on January 17, so keep them coming!