It’s only the third day of November, and it already feels like we’re in the thick of winter. In fact, the temperature on my own ride this morning just so happened to match the day of the month – just like yesterday. Well, at least it got one degree warmer.
We could, of course, omit a collective little sigh, lock our bikes away, only to dust them off once the first rays of spring arrive. But in reality, if most keen cyclists were to do that within a week we’d probably have undergone a complete personality transplant, turning ourselves into hyperactive children with very, very bad tempers. So of course we won’t be putting our bikes away. Instead, let’s take time to appreciate the beautiful moments of winter road riding. And there are plenty of them (even if they’re peppered with the odd minor inconvenience).
Here’s a look at the bests and worsts, in my book…
BEST: Who doesn’t love snuggling up in a great pair of winter bibs, and that magical jacket that seems to keep you warm, whilst preventing you from overheating? Winter clothing labels should read 20 per cent thermo fleece/roubaix, 10 per cent elastane, 70 per cent fairy dust.