There are few better harbingers of spring than the first evening ride.
But a lot of pieces besides nice weather have to fall into place for it to happen. The shift ahead by two weeks of Daylight Savings Time a few years ago was a boon for the evening ride. It used to not happen until late April/early May. Now it’s a possibility as soon as the first week of April, right after the clocks change.
That’s when the evening gloom doesn’t descend until 8 p.m. Late enough to make a 35-40 km spin happen right after dinner.
That is, if dinner can be assembled, consumed and cleaned up in time. Which only happens if Little Ring is cooperative getting out of his daycare, getting into his car seat and getting down to the serious business of eating dinner without too much fuss.
And that dinner has to be somewhat simple, at least partially prepared in advance so the only thing left to do is cook it.
Twice already all those pieces have clicked into place. That’s a record for me for in mid-April.
The rides aren’t long, mostly flat, along a favoured route with minimal traffic lines. That keeps the legs spinning for most of the hour-and-a-half.
The air cools quickly as soon as the sun starts its descent to the horizon. And if clouds roll in, darkness can come on unexpectedly.
But at this early stage of the riding season, the kilometres are bonus, exercise capital to deposit in the cycling bank.