The Event Bucket List

RTTK02When I’ve completed an event, I often get asked ‘what’s next?’

So to help me keep track of all the events that I hear of and aspire to do, I’ve decided to create a bucket list.

The list is just a start, really. The events that niggle away at me, knowing that it’s a matter of when, not if, I will do them.

Legs or Wheels

The road cycling bucket list has been festering ever since we came back from RAAM in 2011 and recently had the addition of Race Around Austria which I’ve earmarked for next year (Challenge distance).

Mountain Bike stage racing is a where my experience lies so naturally, there are a few on the list that follow on from Cape Epic and Transalps perfectly. Plus there are a few single day long distance MTB races which are too tempting to ignore!

I’ve run marathon distances for years but since switching to trail running and ticking the Ultra box, I’m hooked and want to run Ultra trail distances all over the world. NOW!

What Makes The List

I could easily just plug in a running website calendar widget but instead I’ve decided to have some criteria in order to narrow it down.

Practicality of each event in terms of location, needs to be considered. The ones that make the list are either in places that are special to me, I have a burning desire to visit or places where I am lucky enough to have access to friends, family and accommodation nearby. Coupling an event with a vacation makes a lot of sense and kills two birds with one stone.

Obviously, I’d love to travel the globe ticking off my list but, for now, I need to focus on the ones are that logistically realistic.


Cycling Road
Cycling MTB


Suggestions welcome!

I know there is SO much more out there so if you’ve got a race that you’ve done and think I’ll love to then I’m all ears. Please add your suggestion into the comments box below.

Similarly, if you’ve got an event bucket list, send it over. I’d love to be inspired.

As a recent tragedy emphasised, we’re only passing through this life. So go on, build your bucket list and create some memories of a lifetime whilst pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and beyond.

In Diem Vivere

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About the Author:

Ollie is an award winning business owner and endurance athlete with a penchant for leaving the comfort zone through exercise and adventure. Based in Hampshire, Ollie lives with his wife Anthea and their young children, Seb and Scarlett.

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