Monday Morning Debrief 54

by Dave Anderson 6

It’s easy at this time of year, and especially in this kind of weather, to opt out of riding and find something different (and usually indoors) to do.

Five: Still alive
Five: Still alive

But after an extended and enforced time off the bike, I’ve got an itch that no amount of scratching seems to cure. So there was nothing for it but to embrace everything the weather wanted to throw at me and get out and ride. There’s no denying that the local trails (and I’m sure yours too) are wetter than I’ve ever seen them before. In fact with the amount of water flowing down them it’d be fairer to call them streams.

Flowing trails
Flowing trails

We’re fairly lucky up here that there are enough well draining tracks that a weatherproof loop option is usually available, and it wasn’t too hard to choose a route that whilst it was flooded would at least not get chewed up if I rode it.

I managed to squeeze three rides into the two days in total. The first two a test of just how long I wanted to cope with the deluge and strong winds; hail, sleet and cold driven rain defeating the waterproof I was wearing.

But then the sun came out and I was tempted to squeeze one more ride in, one more fight against the wind. Riding was a blend of traction and front tyre surfing on a saturated layer of peat, as tiring as a constant climb, that special kind of ‘pedal or you’ll stop’ downhill.

The reward of  watching the sunset over the skyline of surrounding hills made up for it all. And another day of sofa surfing was avoided.

Comments (6)

  1. Any tips for a weatherproof Calderdale ride?

  2. It’s always the right thing to do in the end

  3. Well done you, I’ve been getting out on the better days, there have been some! Nothing too rad just local loops. Some better days missed through family commitments. But just got back from todays loop and feel all the better for it!

  4. The weather always looks worse through a window.

  5. This presents a rather different problem… 40.3C here in Melbourne

  6. Only 30c in WA today. Last night it dropped to 21c. I had to close a window.

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