On Sunday, 26th March the earth’s orbit around the sun results in equal lengths of day and night. The arrival of warmer climes, softer air and longer days prompts cyclists around the country to take a collective sigh of relief.
The springing forward of the clocks by an hour is all it takes to see many of us dusting off our trusty frames and pedalling off with glee. Here are 10 reasons why we can’t wait for the clocks to go forward.
Restoring the feeling in our fingers and toes
We certainly won’t miss the inevitable turning point in our rides when all sensation in our fingers and toes is lost to the grip of the winter wind despite our gloves and overshoes. What a pleasure to have full control over our extremities again.
No more turbo
Watch out turbo, your days are officially numbered with the promise of better weather and lighter evenings. We’ll just have to catch up on our Netflix binges some other time.
The gift of time
Getting ready for a ride in the winter involves more layering than an onion. This dressing process is incredibly time-consuming (especially if, by the time you’ve finished getting dressed, you need the loo). The changing of the clocks means that not before long all you’ll be donning is a pair of bibs and a jersey.
Bye bye booties
Booties or overshoes are very effective at keeping the wet and the wind off our feet but it can sometimes take a test of will and stamina to pull them on. This neoprene struggle will soon be replaced with the slip of an oversock or toe cover to take the edge off until summer arrives.