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Bucket Lists for Cyclists: What Do You Have On Yours?

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What’s on your bucket list?

Whether it’s scaling the 21 switchbacks of Alpe D’Huez or building your own bike frame, we all have our own cycling ambitions.

For some, these desires remain hidden – unvoiced within the depths of our brains. Others delight in listing their objectives, for their own amusement or to share with others.

That’s where a bucket list comes in.

Er, what’s a bucket list?

In short, it’s a list of things that you would like to do before you die.

I am reliably informed by the Urban Dictionary that the ‘bucket’ is the same one that you kick when you shuffle off this mortal coil. And there was me thinking it was a bucket that you store things in (though now I think about it, lists do tend be stored in a notebook, diary or Evernote account rather than in a large plastic bucket).

Most items on a bucket list tend to be significant and aspirational, rather than mundane and easy-to-achieve. Your desire to purchase some sausage rolls for tomorrow’s lunch does not generally get recorded in a bucket list.

One of the most famous (and worthwhile) bucket lists in recent times was that of Alice Pyne, a 17-year-old British girl that died from cancer at the start of 2013.

What should I put on my bucket list?

Well apart from my sausage roll advice above, I’m going to leave that up to you. It’s your list.

I am going to help you out with some suggestions though. More of that below.

Where do I put my list?

Again, it’s up to you. If you’re keeping it to yourself, then aforesaid diary, notepad or Evernote account (other cloud-based storage is available) seem more than up to the task.

For the sharers amongst you, there’s all the usual social media outlets (although Twitter probably only works if you have one entry). There is even a dedicated social network for bucket listers, with the entirely unsurprising name of Bucketlist.org.

If you have a blog, you could always post the list there. In Tim Wiggins’ Life In The Saddle blog, his bucket list can be found in the sidebar (scroll right down to the bottom of the page).

Why are you talking about bucket lists?

Well I do have a motive, although I hesitate before calling it ulterior (presumably because it isn’t hidden – I’m about to tell you what it is).

I am currently working on an e-book (ooooh, get you!).

As is required of a diffident Englishman, I hereby state that the ebook will be a modest affair bordering on the unreadable.

This is turning into quite the sales pitch.

Anyway, the subject of said e-book is ‘x cycling-related things to put on your bucket list’, where x is a large number. Between now and publication, I’ll try to formulate a catchier title.

The price of the e-book will precisely match the value contained therein. The price of the e-book will be zero.

All people will need to do to receive the erudite tome will be to sign up to the Grimpeur mailing list. That doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me (but then I would say that).

How can I help the Grimpeur?

I thought you’d never ask.

There are two things you can do, if you’re offering.

One, share in the comments below the ultimate things that you would have on your cycling bucket list.

What are the cycling achievements that you aspire to before you ascend the great col in the sky (or make your final rain-sodden descent, if that’s the way you’re heading)? Maybe you’ve already ticked some items off the list – what would you recommend to others?

(I should probably say, I have written a substantial list of bucket list items already. This is not just a blatant attempt to crowdsource ideas for my book. But I’m sure the readership hive mind are capable of coming up with a huge number of things that I’ve not thought of. If so, why would I want to miss this opportunity to make the book as inspiring as possible?)

Two, sign up to the Grimpeur’s email list.

Everyone on the list will receive an advance copy of the ebook (for free, obviously). In addition, you’ll receive each Grimpeur post direct to your inbox. I will protect your modesty privacy – your email address won’t be shared and I won’t spam you (unless you – justifiably – consider my blog posts to be spam).



That’s all folks.

Safe cycling!

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  • Mike says:

    1) Ride a local sportive
    2) Ride the Sustrans C2C Route
    3) Ride the open cycling C2C in a day sportive
    4) Ride a multi-day domestic sportive (Tour of Wessex for example)
    5) L’Étape du Tour or La Marmotte
    6) Be at a mountain finish of a grand tour stage

  • […] written about cycling bucket lists before (I’m not sure the UK has fully embraced the ‘bucket list’ term, perhaps preferring the […]

  • Mike July 10, 2013, 7:31 pm

    1) Ride a local sportive
    2) Ride the Sustrans C2C Route
    3) Ride the open cycling C2C in a day sportive
    4) Ride a multi-day domestic sportive (Tour of Wessex for example)
    5) L’Étape du Tour or La Marmotte
    6) Be at a mountain finish of a grand tour stage

  • Andrew Montgomery May 29, 2013, 8:28 am

    Hi Tomas, some great bucket list items. Not all of them within my reach (I think a pro career will elude me), but cycling in Portugal and Spain is right up there on my bike travel list! Thank you for your comment!

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