Sunday, 7 January 2018

Climbing the hills of Chiang Mai - Winter Training Camp 2017 / 2018 [UPDATED WITH VIDEOS]

Chiang Mai - The Stats

If you've been following my blog then you know that I like to do my winter training in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is the fifth year in a row that I come to this place over Christmas and New Year's. I love the trails, terrain, nature, the uphills and the downhills here.

This year I was here for 14 days in all and I rode 13 of those days (one day rained away). Every second day was a mountain ride day and every other a flat recovery ride day.

The totals are as follows:
  • Days on the bike: 13
  • Hours moving time: 54.5 hours - 4h 15m per day
  • Kilometers ridden: 873.6 km - 67.2 km per day
  • Vertical meters climbed: 14350 m - 1104 m per day

My Two Benchmark Hills

There are two hills that I've ridden several times since I started doing my winter training in Chiang Mai. Both are long and steep. This year I managed to improve my times up both hills by a good margin, in fact it's a more significant jump in performance than I've ever had before

Here are the two Strava links to the sections:

Best time this year: 55:16

Best time 2016/2017: 1:01:18

Best time this year: 1:25:53

Best time 2016/2017: 1:37:50
Best time 2015/2016: 1:33:43
Best time 2014/2015: 1:38:58