Snowy Days - Hannah Myers

March 22, 2018

With Spring around the corner (I'm told), the onslaught of snow dumped over the country has been... polarising. In a typical British attitude everyone has found something to complain about:

It's cold
It's wet
Going outside means you get cold and you get wet
It's slippy
Trails are muddy
The endless post-ride clean up

This isn't to say that all of these aren't true, but there are some blinking good things about all of this stuff that's all over the place. It doesn't translate so well into a concise list so indulge me here, while I try to explain why (I think) snow isn't so bad.

Bluebird days

I know these are a rarity, but getting wrapped up in base layers, puffy jackets and boots feels really exciting. It feels like we're going on an adventure, frosty hills meeting blue skies, this can't be the same place as before... we must have gone into Narnia! So plans have to change, and that Peaks epic you'd planned has been whittles down to a 10k-er, but what's the problem? Fresh air, generous views, top bantz, it's all good in my book.


Dog's delight

It's a bold statement, but I don't think there is anything as delightful as watching a dog play in the snow. Our dog is a rescue from Turkey, and you'd think his little Mediterranean bones would shy away from the cold, but no. This guy is happier than any human or animal I have ever seen. How can you complain at that?


The pub

As I have written about before, I do love a pub. I love the thought of the pub at the end before I've even set off. I love changing into my "aprés-ride" attire with some delicious food next to a roaring fire (note: "pub" in this case could actually be my living room or campervan, but the term "pub" refers to all post-ride chilling) and this whole experience is at a new level when it's snowy outside. Pink-cheeked and worn out from a fun few hours sliding around on the trails, what better place to relive it all?


And then there are the non-bluebird days, when it's a literal blizzard outside and all of the water pipes in your house have frozen over (true story). Time loses all meaning - similar to when you're at the airport and it's acceptable to have a beer at 7am, and you hunker down. It might be next to the wood burner, or under a mountain of duvets, play with Lego, organise photo albums or plan for the thaw. Sometimes hibernation definitely has its perks.


Having said all of that... Is it Spring yet?



Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm