This Will Blow Your Mind: Mudguards and Etch-A-Sketch

Even at professional level, it is very obvious that some are climbers and others are not, so don’t get your chamois in a twist. Just get over it. Literally.


November 27, 2016

Picture it in your mind. A Dub carrying a Kerry jersey for nearly 50km. There is no lovelier sight anywhere in the sporting world. It may come close to Jose Mourinho (or Gearóid) wearing an Arsenal tie, or Enda Kenny wearing an Easter lily. But it gets much better. It gets better because the context is a Sunday morning club spin with Dungarvan Cycling Club.

There was a white-Christmasy feel last Sunday, even though it was still November. Our recently reformed Group 4 headed towards Ballinroad in freezing temperatures, only to discover that the sunny south-east reappeared, together with mild air and ice-less roads once they crossed the river Deelish at Barnawee Bridge.

The spin proceeded as planned, as this fine group of 11 settled in to concentrate on the mountain of advice they had been bombarded with. The men among them were focused on their chosen item of advice, each having chosen a different item. As a result, there was very little chat. Keith was super busy taking his new winter bike on a virgin ride. A bit squeaky in places, we thought, but an entirely beautiful machine. The ladies, being multi-tasking cyclists, nattered on and successfully implemented the entire range of instructions received over the previous two weeks, including (but not limited to) …

  • cycling directly behind the wheel
  • cycling behind the wheel at a safe distance
  • refusing to engage in half-wheeling
  • chatting about cycling
  • refusing to engage in crossing wheels
  • practising cycling closer to the cyclist beside
  • using the small ring most of the time
  • more  chatting about Peter from iBike in Killarney
  • passing safety calls up and down the group

Meanwhile, the menfolk stayed single-minded. This brings me neatly to the bike tip for this week.

Bike Tip This Week

Thus far our group have focused on the items above and these ones also:

  • Being very predictable within the group
  • Not moving from inside line to outside
  • Not SHOUTING, except in an emergency

Now, it’s time to mention the dreaded word “hills”. Akin to life, there will be ups and downs. Overcoming hills brings. personal satisfaction, perspiration and exasperation because lots of extra effort goes into getting up them. We can offer some advice here. Hills are meant to by cycled on an individual basis. Do not try to scale a hill by comparing yourself to others in the group. Why? Quite simply because some of us are strong on the flat, others on hills, some like short spins others like long (very long) spins. It’s got something to do with the spice of life. We are all different. You cycle a hill against yourself. If you get it into your head that you are not good at hills, you disempower yourself. Ask yourself three questions:

  1. Who am I trying to be better than?
  2. Will anyone think less of me if I am not first to the top?
  3. Will others in the group still share coffee with me long after the hill is over?

Here is a nice way of looking at hills. Everyone in Group 4 will be slower on hills than Group 3 (well, nearly everyone). The strongest in Group 3 will struggle on a hill with the best of Group 2. The strongest in Group 1 will meet his match going one step up the ladder. Even at professional level, it is very obvious that some are climbers and others are not, so don’t get your chamois in a twist. Just get over it. Literally. Feel the burn and keep the mind speaking gently. “This is my best, today.”

Kerry, Dublin and The Nire Phenomenon
All smiling back at Group 5

As Group 4 approached Griffin’s Garage the ladies requested a disrobing break. There were no objections to this. A DCC jersey was doffed and packed into a back pocket, followed by Karen’s Kerry kit (just the jersey, alas). Dubliner Declan zoomed into gentlemanly mode by offering to carry the jersey on his super-duper back carrier. This must have been a very difficult dilemma, gracefully offered.

What happened next will blow your mind! (I got that line from FB posts about stupid stuff, in an attempt to get an uninterested user to watch crappy videos). As we all know, Waterford senior football champions, The Nire, were due to play a Munster final against Kerry’s Dr. Crokes in Mallow later that afternoon. Not surprisingly, our noble Nire native, Tony, intended travelling. All well and good, and most of us wished them well. However, the daring Declan proceeded to cycle in front of Tony for much of the remainder of the spin (bit of bloggers licence here…. it was only sometimes), and the sight of the Kerry jersey was like a green and gold rag to a bull.

Line-dancing after coffee. It has that effect!

Being a fair-minded reporter, Keith wisely omitted the episode from the local papers. Here’s his summary, and we thank him for it.

Once again, due to low temperature, the official route had to be altered in case of possible frosting on the roads. A group of 11 riders braved the cold and took off in the direction of the 5 x roads. The group decided to take the GreenWay as far as Durrow and and slip off back onto the coast road as road temperatures were starting to rise. A steady controlled pace was set with the group having to be cautious at the Crooked Bridge and the tree lined quarry road, but as road conditions got better heading into Kilmacthomas the group decided to venture onto the backroads of Fews, Mahon Bridge, Killrossanty and finally into Leamybrien for a well-deserved coffee stop at Applegreen. Refueled and refreshed the group were back on the bikes for the final push home, taking their regular back road route to Durrow and onto Ballyvoille where the group had to show caution and care while descending. Onto the flat of the coast road, it was back to business with the group executing constant rollovers at a good steady pace into Ballinroad, then down the Military Road and back to Dungarvan with an Avg of 24.3 for a total distance of 66 km… Very well done to all in G 4. (Keith M.)

Chopping off helmets to get the full-on socks. #priorities
3G Roaming On The N25

In reality, I almost wish I’d been with Group 3 last Sunday. They had none of this Kerry / Dublin silliness. Rather, the cyclists’ Christmas wish-lists were discussed, agreed, composed and emailed using 3G data roaming along the N25 home from Port Láirge. Just for a moment, imagine the complexity of this, all the while holding a straight line using safe group skills.

See for yourself:

G3’s numbers were somewhat depleted on Sunday probably due to the ongoing cold snap. Road scout Declan brought the news that the coast road was devoid of frost enabling the group of 10 to set off on the planned route. Once at Ballinroad it was almost balmy conditions that engulfed us and it was a happy bunch that continued on the Bunmahon. As suspected the gaffer had untraveled territory for us to explore as a left after Bunmahon brought the group on a rollercoaster of a ride up and down (more ups than downs) the Glen road, the Watertower road finally reaching Dunhill. Our procession finally took us to the bright lights of the city and the gang’s first time to cycle the full Waterford link road. Once we turned for home the pace increased aided by lovely smooth road surfaces. Chat on Sunday was varied but we did have time to compile our Santa letter…a new helmet for Pascal (the excitement of being back in the saddle last week led to him leaving it in carpark), new eyewear for lady rider(designer preferably), mudguards for all and etch a sketch for the boss (stop him drawing lines on map my ride)! Another great spin 80k, 800m climbed, 26.2kph. (Carol B.)

I really do begin to wonder why on earth anyone in their right mind would want to cycle with Dungarvan Cycling Club! New eyewear? Whatever next?

Then There’s Group 5

In contrast, I’m reminded of the ever-sensible Group 5. We met them for coffee at “DCC Corner” in Leamybrien.

Group 5 are a much prettier group

This group also has its ear-to-the-ground reporter, who leaves no wheel unturned to get at the truth. Thank you, Rachel.

The welcoming and supportive nature of Group 5 was to the fore on Sunday morning. 3 returning riders with various ailments, or suffering from busyness were back in the saddle. As ever the group supported each other on a great spin out to Griffin’s Garage, Carrick Rd. The stop at Leamybrien where 3 Groups met up was very welcome – they’ll need to rename a corner there as DCC’s second home! Back via Durrow on a lovely calm day, 45km at a decent enough 19kph average speed. (Rachel N)

Dungarvan Cycling Club is based in County Waterford on the SE Irish coast and on the web at Dungarvan Cycling Club.


Appendix 1: after they won the cup, they broke it!

Dr Crokes’ Johnny Buckley breaks the handle of the cup after lifting it up. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
Dr Crokes’ Johnny Buckley breaks the handle of the cup after lifting it up. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Appendix 2: Any offence taken by anyone to anything is unfortunate. The motivation has been unintentional. Don’t get your chamois in a twist.

Finally, on a further non-cycling note I came across a wonderful tweet on Twitter (yep, that’s what happens there) during the week, but you’ll need to be sharper than a Nire forward!


Until next week, be safe out there,


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The Shoe Is On The Other Sock Now! 

Many are so looking forward to the Sunday spin that anything that spoils it is viewed very poorly, whether it be wind, rain, ice, beer or a mechanical.

November 20, 2016
Dungarvan Cycling Club currently offers SEVEN choices for weekend spins, one on Saturdays and a whopping six the following day. Each group is led by a club volunteer, and a route is selected and announced in advance. Groups are based primarily on speed:

  • Group 1 @ 32kph+
  • Group 2 @ 30kph
  • Group 3 @ 27kph
  • Group 4 @ 25 kph
  • Group 23 @ 23kph
  • Group 5 @ 20kph

Each group has its regulars, and from time to time some decide to move up or down a group.


There has been some interesting discussion during the past week about jerseys, winter kit and very specifically, socks. This has arisen because we have an increasing number of ladies of the female variety among us. Men want to talk about speed, gear ratios, bike specifications and speed. Women are different. I am partially deaf on a bike, yet I hear what I hear.

  • My socks? No, I did not buy them in Dunnes for just a tenner! WTF?
  • Those two guys ahead of us have really good calf muscles
  • Your socks look great too.
  • It’s only right that he’s at home minding the kids while I’m out cycling. The shoe is on the other sock now!
  • I hope the photographer gets it right.
  • Sweet mother of God. It’s the cops! They’re gonna notice the bloody socks.
Bike Tip For The Week

When in a group, stay behind the wheel ahead, approx 10cm either side. Do not cycle “in the middle”. If nervous behind a cyclist, leave a wider gap. Do not cycle too close. If possible cycle behind an experienced reliable cyclist. Where should you be looking? Alternate between 2 places (a) the wheel ahead of you and (b) the rear wheel of the bike that is two ahead of you. Which is better? Both are important, (b) especially for noticing potholes and obstacles in good time. In wet conditions and on uphill leave a wider gap. On a downhill, the gap needs to be wider still.

Group 4
I will be looking to swap the bars for a more wholesome home-made moist option

This group is in its second infancy, having been born again recently, yet we already have roles assigned. There’s a weather forecaster, photographer, nutritionist, journalist, kit coordinator and party planner (of the biking kind). There will be no room for negative complainers or know-it-all egos. Seriously though, we are facilitators and learners. Many who are relatively new to group cycling are like sponges in the way they soak up knowledge. Very soon, these very same students will be the teachers, many of them with light mascara, interesting socks and very moist home-made oatmeal bike cakes.

Our reporter on the spot, (in the saddle) has spent some time after the spin to summarise spin. Thank you, Keith:

Due to the low temperature this morning Group 4 altered the planned route in case of possible ground frost and to keep the spin to the low roads.

A large  group 15 riders headed out the Cappoquin road towards Affane Cross. Here the group turned left onto the Kilmolash road, and at this point a front rider was sent ahead of the group to warn oncoming traffic of group approaching. Once on the Kilmolash road, they cycled on to Bewley, Curraghroche, through Dromana and into Villerstown. The group continued on the back roads of West Waterford onto Kereen heading in the direction of Cappoquin. Note to group: Two incidents occurred in this area, involving a vehicle each time. The group stayed calm and reacted accordingly. Credit due to all.

After this, the group were looking forward to their coffee stop in Lismore to have a warm drink and refuel. Group pictures were taken by group photographer Anne, and the group were ready for the final push home. The group proceeded towards Cappoquin at a strong controlled pace. On the far side of Cappoquin the call was made for fast rotations back into Dungarvan.

On route the police were pulled in up ahead with lights flashing. One call from the back of the group suggested that we are all getting a speeding ticket, another call said that it was the FASHION POLICE come to arrest Karen and Rose for their choice of socks.

Summary: A total of 67 km with an Avg of 24.9 kmh. A great spin with fantastic and enthusiastic group of people. (Keith M.)

My Relive data will give you a bird’s eye view.

Click picture to follow
Group 3 (including plan B)

Meanwhile, my other favourite people went up the mountains into neighbouring Tipperary, where ice abounds. This group left base a few minutes ahead of group 4, and I was disappointed to see one of their number cycling alone back towards Dungarvan after 2km, pointing dejectedly to a broken spoke on a rear wheel. It’s a terrible pity when something like this happens. Many are so looking forward to the Sunday spin that anything that spoils it is viewed very poorly, whether it be wind, rain, ice, beer or a mechanical.

Undaunted, this wily operator secured himself a spare wheel, proceeded to cycle the route in reverse, and met up with his colleagues once again. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Mike, offering solid advice. Morals of the story: (a) always know the planned route and (b) have a plan B.

One of these days, I’m going to want to cycle with them once again, if for nothing else than to be absolutely sure that the incoming reports are accurate. Speaking of which, here’s today’s:

Fifteen cyclists set off on the Group 3 spin on a cold but dry morning all well wrapped up against the elements. An early mechanical saw Mike rushing off for a spare wheel and rejoining the group later on near Newcastle. The group stayed together up the climb out of Cappoquin which was uneventful until the Captain punctured near the summit. A faultless change had the group promptly back on the road. After an icy descent, a sensible decision was made to shorten the spin and head for Ballymac and home. An 80km trip and all home safely. (Carol B.)

Until next week, safe cycling


Group 4 Trumps Trump on Supermoon Sunday

While the famous Group 3 visited Dunford’s Medical Centre and learned all about how to mend a broken cyclist, our Group 4 solved the DT problem.

November 13, 2016
The supermoon has been bigger and brighter this week. Donald Trump won the US Presidential Election, and Dungarvan Cycling Club created a further Super Sunday by adding two new spins to the range.

Most of this is not important, really. The supermoon will be back to normal within a few more evenings, I think that Mr. T. will be reined in by his advisors and Angela M, but hopefully DCC will go from strength to strength.

The recent Sunday Spin reports are below, but first I want to focus this week on one of the important parts of cycling in a group.

The method of rotating the cyclists at the front of the group is called “Up & Over”. It is difficult to describe, and yet when you see it in action it is so simple… How is it done? Cyclists move along two-abreast, two behind two. The cyclist on the OUTSIDE front moves (gently) ahead and moves carefully to the INSIDE. The cyclist needs to be completely ahead of the other cyclist before moving in. A good way to check is to glance over your left shoulder to be sure.

  • What happens then? Every cyclist on the OUTSIDE moves up. Why is this done? It is done to make sure no-one is left for too long at the front
  • How often is it done? No hard-and-fast rule, but five minutes might be a reasonable time
  • Is it ever called by any other name? Yes. Sometimes a group leader or a cyclist behind might call “CHANGE”.

Most experienced cyclists perform this manoeuvre with fluency. The rhythm of the group is not disturbed. They have learned (mostly) that the following errors contribute to loss of fluency within the group:

  • Moving ahead too fast
  • Moving ahead too far
  • Slowing down while waiting for the next person to come up beside
  • Worse still, braking

These errors are fundamental and should be eliminated. Even if just one cyclist among the group is guilty of any of the above, the likelihood is there will be a problem towards the back of the group.

A very good place to find out more is at Global Cycling Network. These guys make interesting videos about all sorts of bike situations, and these videos can be very informative. Here’s a taster about group riding:

Our November weather has been really good. The weather has been mild and dry, with very calm wind conditions. It has been ideal for cycling, and because of this, our club numbers have been quite large for the time of the year.

Last Sunday there were 6 separate groups out. I cycled with Group 4, the new (reformed) group that had slipped to nothing in recent months. Well, it’s back with a bang, as we had 13 very capable cyclists, all working well together. Keith is our group PRO and his report arrived just as efficiently as the group itself!

See that wall? Trump needs a wall like that!

On the first official spin for the newly reformed group 4 the weather was very kind to us. Spirits were high and the group was full of positive energy waiting for the off. The call was made and the 13 strong group started on their planned route towards Cappoquin and onto Lismore at a good controlled pace where we stopped for refreshments (an excuse for a chat and a bit of banter and some exclusive pics from Anne). Back on the road again we headed for Tourin through Cappoquin and onto the back roads to Kilmolash. From here the group then took a new route to Villerstown which to the group’s delight involved a long drag uphill and the group became more thrilled when the captain made a call to attack the oncoming drag at own pace, which all the group obliged. This was followed by a tricky descent due to road conditions. From here the group cruised through Villerstown towards Aglish where the captain gave another option to the group to attack the upcoming climb again at own pace and regroup in Aglish. Need to mention, while we were regrouping the chat turned to Conor’s socks which seemed to fascinate Karen. Karen then suggested that as a group we should all have fancy socks?… Christmas is coming, I am a size 8 Karen. With a smile on everybody’s face we were back on the bikes and ready to tackle the final section home. The call was made for quick rotations at a controlled pace back into Dungarvan. 65k covered at an avg of 25kmph with a total ascent of 481 m with a great group of people. (Keith M)

Three lovely lassies from... the Kingdom, Hungary & Yorkshire
Women to the front; men to the back discussing that wall

I have taken on the task of leading this fine group of people. My thoughts after our debut spin include the following :

  • Cyclists new to a group are very keen to learn quickly
  • They are very eager to not let the side down
  • They want to be given good solid advice

This particular gang are a pleasure to cycle with. They like coffee, hills and a bit of craic! Not much else matters.
I have also taken the GoPro from its’ box once again, and I will be hoping to make good use of it during winter spins. I had used it a few times during the summer. Having set it to take a photograph every 60 seconds is not really a good idea. Why? Well, because most shots are of my cycling buddies bums! Perhaps manual handling (of the camera, that is) will result in a more varied gallery.

GoPro installed. All photos of bums will be deleted

Meanwhile, my favourite Group 3 visited Dunford’s Medical Centre, and learned all about how to mend a broken cyclist.

G3 stuck to their home county on Sunday with the planned spin taking in the Cappoquin Lismore perimeter. A large group to start as the group regulars were interspersed with G2’s out for a shorter spin and some members from the local Tri Club. Off out the Burgery and across the humpy military road. On the climb up Colligan an unfortunate incident led to Paul taking a tumble. Luckily Dunford’s medical centre was open and the patient was patched up and back in action in no time. The less travelled roads are not just for the back street boys as G3 frequently seek out alternative routes. Sunday was no exception as the groups criss-crossed from Millstreet, up Boherwillin and Glenshelane eventually linked back up with the main Cappoquin road. A steady climb up the Vee to the Lismore turnoff was followed by a bumpy ride back down to main road. A flat fast spin back to base in lovely calm conditions with a good bunch of friends. 90k covered at 27.5kph.(Carol B)

Declan photographing red cars again; and the wall, of course

Away from the bike, the evenings have been cloudy here in Dungarvan, and the supermoon was elusive, so my daughter and I improvised using a pancake.

And finally, news is filtering through that Mr. DT may want to join Group 4. Perhaps we will need to review our safety policy.

Foof, Mr. DT

Until next week,

Safe cycling out there.






The North Wind Doth Blow & Wafts of Frying Bacon

November 6, 2016
The previous two weekends had been very mild. We thought the sight of men (and women) in shorts was just a forgotten dream, yet there they were, bare-legged and smiling.

But the polar vortex was watching. Watching and waiting. It waited, and waited, and finally flung its icy arrows towards County Waterford on Saturday morning. Not content to stay just for a short visit, this devilish vortex from the polar north persisted into Sunday.

Undeterred, the wise cyclists of Dungarvan and round about were out in force. Force 6, I would say. No bare legs, arms or fingers today. Correction; there were 10 bare fingers on view. The wind was northerly, and it was wicked. As we say in Dungarvan, it was wicked strong. It was described to me over the phone later in the day as a “lazy wind” (*). When I continued the conversation without commenting on this lazy wind, my friend said to me:

D: You do know what a lazy wind is, don’t you?

Me: I’m sure you are going to tell me.

D: Well, a lazy wind is a wind that is too lazy to go around you. Instead, it goes right through you.

Our spin today in this polar vortex with the lazy wind brought us to the scenic seaside village of Ardmore, and the report is just in, hot off the presses.

The Ardmore Gallery & Studios

The Sunday group 23K spin took in 12 cyclists which included some from G4. The journey took us along the N72 turning left at the Welcome Inn and headed towards Clashmore and then onto Ardmore for coffee and scones in the Ardmore Gallery and Tearoom. The group were a little bit early but Breda looked after us with help from one of G23’s Anne; thanks Anne. After a relaxing short spell we headed for home with G4 heading off at a faster pace the remaining G23 cycled at a steady pace along road out of Ardmore and turned left towards Ring. The group turned left before Kiely’s Cross at the cross roads and headed at a steady climb towards the Seanachai were the group turned right and headed back onto the Ring road and headed for home. (Tony M) 


As agreed with G23, six Group 4 hillbillies tackled the spin home from Ardmore at a faster pace, managed by Páraig (aka Burkes Biking, Forrest Gump and other unprintable unmentionables), but to be fair, these hillbillies needed very little managing. The group cycled as one, with just two exceptions. The call was made from the Ardmore hairpin uphill to go hard if feeling good, and ditto at Ballintlea to John Paul’s. At all other times, this fine group cycled to support one another. Stronger cyclists were asked to hold back a little, to ensure that the group returned to Dungarvan together. All in all, a fine spin. Clear blue skies & happy faces throughout.

Also noteworthy today was the arrival of a lone cyclist to the rear of our group as we approached Ardmore. This well-known local restauranteur enjoyed our company and shelter before forging on alone while we diverted indoors to Betty’s hospitality. Such a short time he had with us. Gone with the lazy vortex wind. 

Group 3

In recent weeks I have abandoned my good comrades in Group 3 (The Famous Group). Abandoned may not, in fact, be the correct word, as I have merely moved to another great group of friends, and I’ll be back in the fold presently. In the meantime, the reports of goings-on within the group help keep me in touch, just in case I miss any of the scéalta móra (**) in my absence.

The captain’s armband was passed to John on Sunday as G3’s regular boss was on a well-earned break. In capable hands, the 14 strong group were off up the N25 turning left at Ring Cross, up Old Parish and down to the seaside village of Ardmore. The group welcomed a first-time visitor to our club/county Mark who was treated to magnificent scenery in brilliant winter sunshine. A puncture outside of all places but JJ’s cafe where the group were tantilized by the wafts of frying bacon as they waited for the maintenance crew to get Rob mobile again. Back in the saddle, it was onwards to Youghal where on starting the climb the group were assaulted by a very blustery north wind. The relentless gusts on roads with no shelter hindered the pace and progression home. An ease in Cappoquin quickened the step and all arrived back in Dungarvan safe and sound if a little slower than usual. Thanks to John for minding the gang so well. 14 in group, 90k in 26.4 kph. (Carol B)

Old Hat

My lazy take on last week’s Sunday spins (October 30th, 2016) involves merely copying the notes sent in via the ever-reliable group reporter.

The night is dark and full of terrors’…not so as a lovely Autumn morning heralded group 3’s Halloween spin on Sunday. 16 souls took off down the coast road towards Durrow and across to Carrick on what turned out to be not the straightforward route we had envisioned. At the bottom of Crehana Frank got spooked and turned for home, maybe he had a premonition of what lay ahead. A surprise left turn after Curraghduff brought the group on a new hill, weighing in at 16% gradient. All survived, a welcome stop at the crossroads for treats followed. A fast pace over to Carroll’s Cross and onwards to Kill. A very lively descent to Ballylaneen followed. At Griffins garage the group zig zagged back across the five cross roads where out of the shadows emerged the ghost of Frank. Tucked safely back in the fold it was a helter skelter trip back the coast road home. Welcome back to Group 3 regulars Benny and Philip this week. 16 in the group and 90 kilometres done at 28kph average speed. A brilliant spin yet again! (Carol B)

Did it Bother You?

Readers will be shocked that there is only one picture this week. I ask for your understanding in this matter. It is not easy to get a good photograph of a polar vortex. Equally, it is not appropriate to take a photograph of bare legs in such cold conditions. Veins start to pop and there are goosebumps on the goosebumps. Finally, I would have liked a good photograph of the frying bacon, it was not to be. I was 300 metres down the road at the time.

* I came upon a wonderful blog mentioning “lazy wind” from way back in 2009 near the top of a hill in a rural area of Derbyshire. It is worth a visit (both the blog and the top of the hill in Derbyshire, I’m sure). Material is copyrighted, and I want to acknowledge it as such. Just mention that @burkesbiking (Twitter) sent you.

** Scéalta móra = updates / gossip, sca.


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The Night Train To Durrow

Our regular cold night cycle took us to Durrow once again this week. There will be a full report as soon as I have analysed all the data from the drone. In the meantime, the preliminary results are available.

DCC drone date, courtesy of

Click here, or on the image. You will notice that it is very dark. The voice recorder data on the black box is turned off for privacy reasons. Also turned off is the weather data, so you’ll have to take my word for it that it was indeed quite cold.

Safe cycling out there, particularly at night.