This is what we asked ourselves last night, only 2 of the Clent Duffers (TM) arrived at Doggers Paradise, car park was deep mud that found it's way all up the side of my car as the wheels scrabbled for grip, after parking got out the car in to sloppy mud so the clean shoes were no more, getting changed we found the icey wind blowing straight in to us. Finally ready to go, already cold and muddy we wondered why??
2hrs later we got back to the car and realised why, grinning like loons, covered in mud, mud frozen to the bikes, front mechs frozen solid but what a blast around the NW Alps. Crispy snow, sheet ice, deep puddles and sloppy mud all combined to try and stop us but we just soldiered on, think we completed the ride with only a couple of dabs each, many comedy sideways moments that we wondered how we'd stayed upright, clearing sky giving (nice) views across the lights of the Black Country and Birmingham.
That is why we do it and enjoy every minute of it 😀