There is something liberating about heading out under cover of darkness to log winter miles with only the moon and the buzz of tyres on tarmac for company.
With less than eight hours of daylight per day in December and January – and that’s not taking into account the near-constant gloom cast by cloudcover and rain – most cyclists will be limited to weekends if they choose to ride exclusively when the sun is above the horizon.
It needn’t be that way. Embrace the darkness, whether that’s a pre-dawn raid, by extending your commute home from work, or heading out for a night ride to add a new dimension to this winter’s cycling.
Night riding is infinitely more interesting than the turbo trainer – though the turbo remains a great tool if short on time or the weather is not in your favour – and knowing you’re in the saddle when most are on the sofa is hugely invigorating.
Choose your moment to head out into the night: keep an eye on the weather forecast and watch out for ice. We normally save our night rides when it’s cold, crisp and dry.
Even then night riding takes thought and preparation to be done safely. Here are our five top tips.