Winter cycling: the shortest day, longest ride challenge

With winter well and truly upon us, and Christmas getting ever closer, we look back at Rob Hoyles's epic day in the saddle when he and two friends attempted to do their longest ever ride on one of the shortest days of the year - Winter solstice is on Thursday, December 21 2017

Shortest day, longest ride

Like most cyclists, every once in a while my brain becomes riddled with ideas of how to spend the next hour, day or even week on my bike.

Some of these ideas are a little less ridiculous than others and, much to my amazement, after a tad more than the recommended daily units of alcohol had been consumed I managed to make two other cyclists agree to have a go at one of them.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.