Bad weather didn't stop everyone over Christmas ...

The festive period has long been celebrated as a great time to get out on your bike. If you took that to the extreme and got out on Christmas Day, you were in good company

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"I did two-and-a-half hours - with most of that at tempo - before breakfast," said Madison-Genesis rider Pete Hawkins. "I got the calorie balance in deficit so I could top it up nicely at dinner!"

Russell Downing, 2013 BBAR winner Adam Topham, KTM's well-known high-miler Dave Clarke and Velosure-Giordana's Rob Partridge also got on their bikes, although the latter stayed indoors for it. "It was only a short ride on the rollers to make sure I didn't feel guilty," Partridge said.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.