If you’ve signed up for a Cent Cols Challenge, there is a chance that you were caught up in the moment when you did it. Maybe you were looking at amazing photography in a Rapha book, got carried away on a sunny day in France, or had one glass of wine too many. That might have been what happened to me. Signing up is easy. Following through can be a challenge, especially if you live in the Northern part of Europe like I do, where the weather tends to welcome your training ambitions with a cold wet kiss.
From October to March, the weather in Denmark is half the challenge for a road cyclist. It’s not really cold, nor really warm. It’s usually wet, and at times quite windy. Your worst enemy is flintstone and punctures are unavoidable. A concept like the Rapha Festive 500 is different in the Nordic region, where it isn’t as simple as it is for those in warmer climes who seem to log 200km rides on Strava like they’re nobody’s business.
Despite my weather complaints, I must say that January’s blue skies and crisp air can still offer great training in Copenhagen. And knowing that spring will eventually come – even if it’s still snowing outside, as it is now – helps you learn to love the conditions. Spring’s arrival heralds some of my favourite rides of the year: amazing long rides along the coastline. You feel like everything is how it should be again.