The over-enthusiastic cyclist

If it involves pedalling then I'm probably into it…

Winter…

I can’t be the only cyclist who audibly groaned (and swore) at the weather forecast for next week. They’re claiming that the UK is about to suffer its coldest February week for five years. It felt like spring was on its way, but just like the taxi driver who claims to be “just round your corner now mate” it’s not happening any time soon.

It’s not that I’m one of those cyclists who hibernates away all winter and then only gets back on the bike in spring. Oh no, I’ve endured my fair share of dodgy weather. Sub zero temperatures, wind, rain, hail, snow, ice – I’ve pedalled my way through them all this winter. It’s become standard practice to dress for a ride with the minimum amount of flesh exposed. How I long for the days when I can leave the house without looking like some kind of cycling terrorist.

I often admit to people that I rather like mountain biking in the winter though. Hot dusty trails are fine (and occasionally even exist here) but there’s nothing like a thick layer of mud to slip and slide around in to keep things interesting. And if you endure one of these rides with a mate, the camaraderie of shared survival at the end makes for some of the most memorable riding you’ll ever do. How many riders sit in a pub and proudly recount the tale of “that day when the sun was lovely and there was no mud or dangerous weather”?

But I’ve had enough now. Crashing out on the commuter bike one icy morning a few weeks ago cost me a day’s work and left me battered and bruised. Repeating the process on the same corner two weeks later just about exhausted my tolerance for winter. Bruises on my bruises. I’m properly bored of this now.

The rational side of me appreciates that the seasons won’t change any earlier just because I get in a mood with them, but come on, is it not time for spring now?

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Do not approach this man.

 

 

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One response to “Winter…

  1. Sartenada February 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Winter biking is normal in Finland.

    Winter biking 2

    Happy weekend!

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