Winter Riding - Jenny Nuttall

April 30, 2018

I think it’s safe to say Spring has sprung leaving winter behind. So I thought I’d look back on winter riding as it’s easy to think I didn’t ride much…..but I did! Dark nights and snow didn’t put me off this year, as they have in the past. If I wasn’t spending my free time on skis this winter, then it was on a bike.


My backyard is the Lake District and this is where I love to play. Natural trails, rocky bridleways and mountainside single tracks are my regular rides and I have been very lucky that this year the snow did not stop the fun. Working full time and being a mum means I am super keen to ride when I have any window of opportunity! This winter I managed to ride with friends, whatever the weather, although admittedly a couple of rides were more akin to taking our bikes for a walk due to the ice on the trails!

My experience with night rides are that I either surrender to the darkness from November onwards or I tend make excuses until Christmas then decide I’ll start night rides again when the clocks go forward and ignore that fact I’ve been lazy that winter! This year however, I bought a super duper light and started as I meant to go on. Another motivator was a race that I was looking forward to in March, so I guess I couldn’t hide behind excuses this year!

Once I’ve got my head around setting off in the dark, I fall in love again with winter night rides. I find they are the most meditative rides, with my focus right in that moment, in that small circle of light in front of me guiding my way though the rocks. Whenever I just sit and try to mediate my mind wanders like the wind, when I’m riding on those dark night rides, I’m 100% in the moment.

Now the clocks have changed, the lighter nights are here, I’m really looking forward to warmer light rides. Carrying less kit and hopefully riding during the whole of the ride rather than just the ice free parts! Here’s to a great summer for us all 😊


Jenny Nuttall

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