This weekend I’ll be pedaling 18 miles around Portland, OR, in the Worst Day of the Year Ride, a bike event scheduled for the weekend that has historically had the worst weather each year. I’m hoping for sun and temps in the 70s; it’s looking more like rain and snow in the 30s.
Sounds pretty miserable, right? So why do so many people sign up for this ride, and sporting events like it? To remind ourselves that bad weather isn’t a good enough reason to stay inside? To get out of our comfort zones? To check another box on the bucket list? Whatever the reason, if you register for a ride you’re bound to find like-minded souls out there, sweating and suffering right alongside you.
Here are some rides that might appeal to the masochist in you in 2014:
- The aforementioned Portland, OR, Worst Day Ride takes place on Sunday, February 9th.
- The Ground Force IT Snowflake Ride happens on February 16th in Richmond, VA.
- Grand Junction, CO, will host its annual bad weather ride on February 23.
- The Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bike Ride took place in Blooomington, IN, on January, 25.
- Ann Arbor, MI’s Worst Day of the Year Ride took place in late January; check back for 2015 ride details.
You can brush up on your bad weather biking skills at Bicycling.com.