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Goodbye, Adios, Adieu


February 2015

The Cycling Blog World is losing a good one. Aaron and I have been in touch on and off for years. He suffered a hip injury a couple of years ago and it’s simply not healing well so he’s throwing in the towel on his blog.

For the cycling community, should you desire a climbing vacation in the southern US (Tennessee, the Carolinas etc) be sure to check out his posts, they’re a gold mine of ideas.

clementine ending

I’m afraid this is the end of SteepClimbs as a regular blog.

With all this injury history over the last couple of years, I’ve contemplated pulling the plug many times. The only reason I haven’t is because, surprisingly enough, people still visit. Traffic has dropped slightly from where it was when I was riding and posting regularly, but not as much as I expected. Most of the people are reading the Climbs section, Rides, or Routes. Why stop something that many people find useful?

The answer is that I’m not. That information is going to remain up, but there will be no new posts and I will not be actively maintaining the site. At some point it will become outdated, but it should be useful information for many.

The reason is because I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that this part of my life is over…

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  1. Thomas Clayton says:

    Have rode with Aaron many times, always up in the mountains 🙂 Great, great guy. Breaks my heart that this injury has stole cycling form him. I need to remind myself how blessed (at age 51) that I can ride as crazy as I do. On as positive note, I found your blog through him!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Funny how the world works, isn’t it? I felt sorry for myself because I couldn’t afford shiny, new carbon fiber road shoes. Then I met someone who couldn’t ride a bike because his hip didn’t work.

      A new spin on an old theme. Thank you Thomas.

      • aaronwest says:

        And I’m glad that you (and hopefully others) found Jim’s blog. He’s prolific and inspiring.

        Tom, you’re pretty awesome yourself.

        Thanks for the kind words.

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