Originally posted on gypsy by trade:
The long nights of winter are waning, finally. Riding our bikes has been paramount to avoiding seasonal blues– we ride to and from work, we meet for night rides on local singletrack, and we choose to ride all day in the sun when away from work.
An even greater therapy is to get out for an overnight ride. In a year where snow has been less common than ice and warm afternoons, many routes are supremely rideable. Jeff Oatley’s 1000-mile, 10-day trek to Nome in the Iditarod Trail Invitational is a great example. His record improves upon notable rides by Mike Curiak and Jay Petervary by almost a week. These are all very strong riders, and each of their record-setting rides has included favorable conditions. This year was simply faster. Every human-powered Iditarod record has fallen.