So I had my first DNF on a 400K this past Saturday. The daytime temps were in the high 80s and there was a lot of humidity. I felt pretty good for the first 200km since I wasn't riding too hard for the weather and my time was about 9.5 or 10 hours at this point. I was feeling optimistic at this point evne though I had got caught in a bit of a downpour that ended as I rolled into the second control.
By the time the sun went down it started to pour hard. There was also a lot of wind with gusts The temperature had dropped to the 50s by this point and I think it was getting into the 40s by 1 or 2am. I decided to call it quits when my teeth started chattering together, I only had 80 or 90km to go on the ride but my shoes were full of water and my lower body was soaking wet. I had full fenders, some shoe covers and long tights over top of my shorts and sun stocking things. I had a windbreaker and a wool jersey on top of my regular jersey all underneath a camp-mor cape which seemed to keep most of my upper body dry and I was warm enough but the wet feet going numb were probably the biggest worry for me, the last stretch of the ride was all through the countryside with one possible 24h grocery store to stop at I didn't want to take a chance at hypothermia so I do feel good about quitting since I've gotta work 10 hour shifts the rest of the week I can't afford a cold or anything right now.
What kind of weather gear do you pack for a ride like this? Obviously I need better booties or something like galoshes but lighter; I was thinking water socks or something impervious since I don't ride with clipless I can do that. I don't really like my camp-mor cape all that much since it's a huge drag but it did keep me surprisingly dry on top but it's a bit short on my 5'11" frame. The carradice pro-route looks a bit better and the spats they sell seem like a good way keep my legs warmer and drier. I find my feet get really cold during winter activities and when I work outside in the winter so it might be more of a "thing" for me than most people, poor circulation or what, I dunno, but I didn't see what anyone else was riding with since I did all the ride by myself.