My goal this past year was to find the largest and most difficult cycling climbs and tackle them one by one. I summited Mont Ventoux in France, then Onion Valley in California. However, yesterday I set out to summit the highest cycling climb in the world: Mauna Kea with an overall climb ascent of just over 14,000ft. This climb surpassed Ventoux by a whopping 8,000ft. Locals told me I was crazy (they were right), a former Tour de France winner told me it was the toughest climb he'd ever experienced (he was right) but that made it all the more exciting. I started the climb at 7:30am by dipping my wheels in the Pacific, then the grueling ascent began. Over 7 hours passed along the way. There were moments I felt confident, and others where I was so shaken I nearly quit. As much as I'd like to claim I rode the whole way, there were 30 minute stretches of walking where I simply couldn't muster the energy. The lack of air doesn't help. Up there, oxygen drops by half. At one particular moment, two miles from the summit I nearly quit. I was freezing, couldn't speak, and my muscles wouldn't stand let alone pedal a bike. But @nicole @kate @petecarolan @philgaimon and @bigislandbiketours encouraged me to push on. So I did. In the slowest two miles I've ever ridden, I inched up the road. I moved so slowly that @kate was able to walk past me and take the photo above. As I turned the last bend and the observatories came into sight I pushed the last and final few feet with whatever adrenaline I had left. Standing there I looked down the volcano, through the clouds to where we had started. To me, this was 2016; we had all started out on some journey of our own. While at times the going was easy, at others we faced challenges so great that we all wanted to quit. But we just got back on and rode or walked or shuffled our way onwards; one foot and then the next. And when we finally do reach the summit, with the support of friends and family, we realize we're all capable of much more than we thought. And it all starts with a commitment to try. Happy 2017 all, and go dip those tires!