Determined to keep the fitness hard-won through the year I resolved to cycle at least twice weekly through the winter, come rain or shine. And so far it goes well, with only two fallow days where icy roads meant cycling was unwise:my only cycling accident in ten years was on a country lane with an invisible layer of ‘black’ ice.
It is surprising how rarely one gets wet cycling a twelve mile round trip through a Somerset winter. It really does not rain that much! And having good kit means you don’t really care when it does. Overshoes look pretty stupid but, once discovered, you won’t leave home without them. Warm feet are important! And woollen arm warmers are lovely. Finally, a Flemish cycling cap fits nicely under the helmet and keeps the drizzle off the spectacles.
You can also flip up the brim Popeye style…it’s up to you!
Garmin make a series of great cycle computers with GPS, and I try to keep mine on the bike for all my journeys: something inside makes me feel better if I’m recording my activity and reflecting on my time outdoors. I have some fun uploading rides to Strava which then compares you to others using your routes and usually confirms to you how slow you are! You can see my rides there if you are signed up.
Weekends are busy with chores and family duties but Sunday mornings are set aside for a ride in the hills with a friend.
But weekday commutes are the bread and butter of winter cycling. And as daylight is at a premium it’s a great chance to catch some gorgeous sunrises and if I’m lucky, sunsets.