I set off in bright sunshine and came back in bright sunshine. It was the bit in between which did it for me. It has been raining solidly for several days, but when the skies cleared I decided to risk it and set off in my cycling shorts and an open necked shirt. All was well until I reached the road which leads to the prom, where there is often a large stretch of standing water, about 3 inches deep. When I reached the water I thought nothing of it and cycled in at speed only to realise when it was too late to do anything about it that this time the water was two feet deep and came up over the cycle wheels. I was forced to wade through 100 yards of icy water which came up to my thighs. Before I reached the end of this lake I began to see large droplets of water breaking the surface and then the heavens opened. The rain was relentless for the next half hour. By the time I got home every inch of my clothing was soaked through and I squeezed half a gallon of water from my socks before jumping into the shower. And do you know what – I felt bloody marvellous.
This video is of the Tour of Britain riders coming through Kendal. The race was cancelled because of the hurricane, but as the decision had already been made to close Kendal to traffic they decided to ride through anyway, with a police escort which would have done the Shah of Persia proud. Whichever way you do it, it’s fun cycling in a hurricane.