Braver Than The Elements

On Saturday 12th December, Rapha invites women around the world to clip in for a wintry ride, whatever the weather. Join one of over 40 rides leaving from Rapha Cycle Clubs or organised by ambassadors throughout North America, the UK, Europe, Japan and Korea.

I will be leading a ride from my hometown of Ampthill, the route is 42 miles and goes North through the Bedfordshire villages alongside the River Ouse. The route is mostly rolling with a couple of my beloved hills, I couldn’t design a ride without them. I enjoy riding through winter, the sunshine of summer is guaranteed happiness but the rain can bring wild adventure and unforgettable rides that give you a real sense of satisfaction.

Even if you’re unable to join an official ride, we still hope to inspire you to ride on the day. If you share your images of winter riding on Instagram and use the #braverthantheelements hashtag between now and the ride date of 12th December you could be chosen to win some beautiful women’s winter kit. Please see the Rapha BTTE website for full T&C’s.

If you’d like to sign up for my ride you can find out more details here Ampthill BTTE ride sign up

Looking out on to Ampthill Square on a wild, wet and windy day

Looking out on to Ampthill Square on a wild, wet and windy day

Choosing the right kit will make a big difference to your enjoyment during winter rides

Choosing the right kit will make a big difference to your enjoyment during winter rides

As winter sets in, many of us change the way we ride. We might ride a bit less often, or our distances may become shorter. I like to include a hill in every ride, all year round so come spring I still have the legs to get up them.

As winter sets in, many of us change the way we ride. We might ride a bit less often, or our distances may become shorter. I like to include a hill in every ride, all year round so come spring I still have the legs to get up them.

We forced ourselves out in 40mph wind and rain, it was a memorable and enjoyable ride

We forced ourselves out in 40mph wind and rain, it was a memorable and enjoyable ride

During the winter months we change the format of our ride, stopping at the end, rather than the middle. It's can be difficult to get going again if you're wet and cold. Cake and coffee is always a good motivator to keep the pedals turning.

During the winter months we change the format of our ride, stopping at the end, rather than the middle. It can be difficult to get going again if you’re wet and cold. Cake and coffee is always a good motivator to keep the pedals turning.

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