A ride with all the trimmings...

Who'll be riding before they go on a turkey binge this Christmas Day?

At Christmas time there's no need to be afraid. Well, there is if you're anything like me and booze and birds - of the roast variety - are your yuletide downfall. For the last few years I've promised to exercise after Santa's delivered the pressies and before I settle down to Christmas lunch. And for the past few years I've failed to deliver on that promise. Something always seems to stop me clipping into my pedals or - whisper it quietly - pulling on my running shoes. Surely it can't be because the excitement of standing in front of the mirror in my new pants, socks and jumper beats the the thrill of riding on supernaturally quiet roads? Anyway, this year will be different - I'm getting on my bike on Christmas morning. Who else is riding on December 25?

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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