I wish it could be Christmas every day...

No cars, no people, just me and my bike. Thanks Santa!

Thanks to a generous wife, and helped by the distraction of the Mummy Make Me Better doll Santa had delivered for Polly, my Christmas Day got off the best start possible... A ride, in the rain, along a deserted towpath - well almost deserted, I saw two runners. Better than that, when I eventually popped my wheels onto the roads they were 28 Days Later quiet. Imagine if every day was like this? I hate that bloody Wizzard song, but as a cyclist I really do wish it could be Christmas every day. And having ridden early it also means that I can get brilliantly drunk, safe in the knowledge that I've got some exercise under my belt - ho ho ho! Oh, and the picture of Santa on his bike? They're my near neighbour's. It's stuck on the end of a row of terrace cottages here in Bath, but I reckon that they belong to the bloke who rides the Ribble!

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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