But it wasn't numbers that made my year on bikes an amazing one. It was the new and old friends that I rode with, the cool places that I explored and the spectacular scenery that I encountered along the way.
The lack of a proper day job and a very understanding spouse, Fear Rothar, made it possible for me to do a lot of exploring by bike last year. Using a cool tool, created by Jonathan O'Keeffe, I was able to overlay all my rides for the year on a single map. While I did ride back and forth to Ride Studio Cafe enough for Google Now to decide that I work there, I also managed to cover a lot of other ground in eastern Massachusetts last year.
I also got out to the Berkshires as well as up into NH, Vermont and Maine. (I also did some riding around the Finger Lakes in NY and near my Dad's place in NC).
We spent a week out in California in March.
And flew to France to tour the Cevennes for a couple of weeks in September
Things really started to get fast and furious for us in May.
The fleche team, Misguided Angels with Dena Cohen, Norm TenBroek, Dave Cramer and me, rode from Provincetown, MA to Portland, ME.
DROVES came next as Fear Rothar and I christened our brand new tandem.
Then Dena and I had a great time on the dirt roads of southern Vermont riding the Green Mountain Double Century. We followed that up by doing our first ever tandem ride together the following weekend at the Rapha Gentlemen's Race, with Dena, Patria Lanfranchi and Rebecca Fetner stepping in at the last minute when half our original team was felled by injury.
July saw us (Fear Rothar and me) riding the tandem on the GranHundo and then I put some of my climbing training to use on Newton's Revenge. August was very busy with Quadzilla and a few hillclimb races, including Ascutney, Equinox and Mt Washington, which went well for me, and gave Fear Rothar something to write about!
Burke, as always was great fun. We then did a new dirt road event around Mt Kearsarge, before heading off to France.
Dena and I hopped on the tandem together for the Great River Ride. And then Fear Rothar and I took part in a very fun stage race put on by RSC, called the Fall Five.
Our final ride ever was to World's End, except it wasn't because the world didn't really end. However the Festive 500 did almost do me in!
Despite claiming exhaustion after that last Festive 500 ride, it was as if someone hit the reset button when the ball fell in Time Square to welcome 2013, and I was happily out riding again on New Year's Day, with renewed passion.
It's been fun for me to look back at last year and see how much we packed into 366 days. What will 2013 bring? Stay tuned...