(photo by Cris, Creative Commons)
After spending all that money on a studded tire, there is no way that I am not going to use it! So today, the last day of 2008, I took Blackadder out of the basement (having carefully cleaned the drivetrain yesterday evening) and rode off to work. Sure the temperature was -16C (with the windchill making it -24C) but the roads were pretty good and it was sunny as well. I did not get much over 19 km/h since the cold began to bite then but it is still much faster than walking. In less than 20 minutes I triumphantly rolled into the office garage, apparently the only cyclist making it in today.
This was a memorable last ride for the year, bringing me up to 5,689 kms for the year, with some 40,000 m of climbing. While this is somewhat less than I managed in other places it is still good considering that it is hard to do much riding here before May. There were many memorable rides with a lot of great friends this year and I look forward to an even better 2009.
And I want to wish everyone who has followed my adventures here at Tindonkey, their family and friends a very Happy New Year!