The weather where I live has started its downward spiral in temperature. To celebrate the coming of winter, I thought of an idea to help encourage me, and perhaps others, to not let the bike gather snowflakes over the winter. Enter the Polar Pedal Challenge.
Goal: Ride* your bike on progressively colder days over winter.
The rules are simple, post a picture of the temperature on the day you rode. Provide a quick summary of the ride. When you ride on a colder day, quote your previous ride so that the difference can be calculated. In this manner, the challenge is an individual contest and allows for geographic differences in temperature.
*Ride: This can be anything on a bike--road, trail, bike path, etc. To qualify as a "ride" I think it should be at least 15 minutes, but it can be what ever you want it to be.
Brief summary: I rode this trail with my oldest son (13) at 41 degrees. The trail was nice and tacky from rain earlier in the week. Leaves were abundant as was the sun. Here is a quick video of my boy riding (the trail was more visible from the bike)
Hmmm... that's a bit difficult to do here in CO, given the neurotic weather. We could have 30 degrees (like we did Friday when I rode) one day and 70 the next (or in a couple; all this week is supposed to be 70 +/- 2), so I'll just ride whenever and not worry about the temps!
A recent reprieve in winter has made my morning rides quite pleasant but I'll start with this one..... just so I can get in the game.
Forgot the ride summary. This is one of my favorite rides in the area. It's at Cave Lake State Park near Ely, NV. Steptoe Creek to Overlook Trail to High Roller to Twisted Pine.
Here's the GPS summary.
My iPhone doesn't like low light so excuse the blurry images.
Location: Rochester - down East Circle Dr, up W. River, through Silver Lake, Up Viola back to East Circle.
Brief summary: I took a post turkey day ride on the urban trails today on my mountain bike. It was 24 degrees with winds of 17mph (gusts to 34mph). It was brutal in places, but really not too bad. I rode with wool socks and a smart wool cap, but next time, I'll add a little more wind protection. I also used this as my first ever strava ride. My phone froze at the end so I couldn't take pictures of the ride stats.
Location: Local path through the woods that some walk dogs on
Brief Summary: This was my first ride with a new GoPro. It was cold and I'm still learning how to get the camera set up correctly. I made this video. It's a start. I'm going riding again this afternoon.