I have a 75 km charity ride coming up tomorrow and thunderstorms are forecast.
The ride is mostly through farmland on open, secondary highways. What is the best course of action in the case of lightning? I don't plan to lie down in a ditch so expect I should just keep going and avoid trees or other similar shelter. Is there a better choice?
In a car I believe you are protected by the metal cage and by the rubber tires. I don't suppose small, wet bike tires provide much meaningful insulation.
Do you know of any actual expertise on this or just opinions (like mine)? Neither of the items below really help in the situation I expect but here they are:
The National Weather Service says this: "Motorcyclist/Bicyclist: Protect yourself when on a bicycle, motorcycle or dirt bike. Carry a portable NOAA Weather Radio or listen to commercial radio. If you see threatening skies in the distance and you are near a safe building, pull over and wait 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before resuming your ride."
Here's their link to a 3rd party site: