Jack Thurston

The author of Lost Lanes: 36 Glorious Bike Rides in Southern England brings a cheery face to cycling on the darkest days of the year

Winter miles make for summer smiles. That's how the saying goes, but even with the firmest of intentions it can be hard to maintain the momentum, especially if all you see is dull, dreary riding in difficult conditions and gratification - in the form of early season fitness - very much of the delayed variety.

It's so easy to let things slip: when the alarm goes to burrow deeper under the duvet, to put off that after-work spin in favour of a festive pint at the pub.

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