Many cyclists are familiar with the velominati rules. You don’t have to get far down the list to come across rule #9:
Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.
However you don’t necessarily have to love the work, but love the sport and riding your bike. Even my parents at the age of 50 will still not be deterred by a light shower here or there. “The weather is bad” or “I don’t want to ruin my bike” are the most common excuses heard in cycle clubs nowadays.
It was just earlier today that I looked out the window and saw a wet, bleak, January morning. It wasn’t icy like yesterday, meaning there was no danger of slippery roads. Instead of deciding to miss the session and head back to my work I headed over to my chest of drawers, pulled them open and started to rummage for the days kit.
Winter leggings, 3 thermal tops, 2 pairs of gloves, a gilet, 2 pairs of socks and my thickest overshoes later, I set out into the misty morning. Is there such a thing as bad weather? Or do we just need to wrap up, stay dry and stay warm?
As I was riding I encountered numerous other riders, something not uncommon for a Sunday morning surrounding Bath. However one thing that was uncommon, unanimously 100% of the riders returned my greeting with a wave or a hello.
Only a small difference however it made me realise that in this moment of bad weather, the people that really love the sport, it’s community, the opportunities it provides are always there come rain or shine!
The riders weren’t all riding fast, riding road bikes or training like me. A trait that doesn’t necessarily have to be replicated. But all out to enjoy themselves, with a smile on their face remembering why they do it. An example that should definitely be followed!