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  1. #1
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    Dec 2009

    What makes Newfoundland cyclists so hardcore?

    Why, the weather of course!

    Environment Canada just published their results of a survey of the weather in the 100 largest cities in Canada over the past 30 years. They looked at 75 different categories (e.g. warmest summer, coldest winter, snowiest city, et cetera). Those of us who live here are well aware of how extreme and variable our weather can be but those of you “from away” might need to be educated a bit. Here are the categories in which St. John’s, NL , made it into the Top 10:

    Foggiest city (days) – 1st

    Windiest city year-round – 1st

    Windiest winter – 1st

    Windiest summer – 1st

    Most windy days (40 km/h or more) – 1st

    Most hours with low visibility – 1st

    Cloudiest skies year-round – 2nd

    Most freezing rain days – 2nd

    Most wet days – 3rd

    Fewest sunny days year-round – 3rd

    Lowest average pressure – 3rd

    Coolest summer – 3rd

    Wettest city (rain and snow) – 5th

    Least sunshine year-round – 5th

    Most snow days – 6th

    Most blowing snow days – 6th

    Rainiest city – 8th

    Most very wet days (25mm or more) – 9th

    Fewest thunderstorm days – 9th

    Snowiest city – 9th

    Snowiest Spring – 10th

    We made the Top 10 in 21 different areas, few of them conducive to good cycling. Even with my rose coloured glasses on there are only four categories in which we are in the Top 10 that I can see that benefit biking: coolest summer (hey, I said I had my rose coloured glasses on!); most snow days; snowiest city; and, snowiest Spring. The latter three categories, of course, a benefit to those who choose to ride on the snow and clearly a detriment to our brothers and sisters who are dedicated roadies or mountain bikers.

    For more on cycling on "The RocK" click on the link to my blog below:

  2. #2
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    Jan 2005
    Note to self ... don't go riding in NL.
    My rides:
    Lynskey Ti Pro29 SL singlespeed
    KHS Team 29
    S-Works Roubaix SL3 Dura Ace
    KHS CX 550 cyclocross

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    Dec 2004
    It always cracks me up on mtbr when high and mighty people say, "What, you rode in the rain?" NFLDers and Brits wouldn't ride at all if they didn't ride in rain!
    "I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad", by Guillaume Blanchet

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