Waiting for a break (in the weather)

3 03 2016

After last week’s glorious sunshine, mild temperatures and 263 km of riding, this week we’re reminded that winter is not done with us yet.

It’s been raining. A lot.

So when there’s a break between storms, you have to drop everything and take advantage. If you don’t currently have a job, that’s not hard to do.

It’s amazing how quickly you become spoiled by a stretch of nice weather. Four days of sunny, warm rides and suddenly that’s your expectation. That’s what it’s going to take to get you out for a ride.

So when Monday was dry, but heavily overcast, a bit cool and breezy, motivation to get on the bike was a bit lacking. But hey, it was a bonus leap day, and a decent ride would click my mileage total for the first two months of the year past 1,000 km.

When in doubt, ride the flats.

But if time is short and the weather doubtful, the go-to route is up and over Burnaby Mountain.

This is pretty much as high as you can go in Burnaby. Unfortunately condo development has robbed most of the views.

This is pretty much as high as you can go in Burnaby. Unfortunately condo development has robbed most of the views.

The four km ascent isn’t tough, about six per cent with one very brief pitch at 11 per cent. But it’s enough to give the legs, and lungs, a good little workout in a short time frame. Especially early in the season.

The descent is fast and smooth.

An out and back route, door to door, takes less than two hours. But there’s plenty of options to extend the ride from there as time allows.

Perfect when you have no idea what the weather is about to do.

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