Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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El Tour is one of the events on my list. Wished I'd ridden it this year! 50F (about 10 deg C) is NOT cold, even with rain. It's pretty standard for late fall/early spring in the Pac NW. As they say, there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Yeah, if you try to ride with short sleeve jersey and arm warmers, you WILL go hypothermic once you get soaked. Base layer, jersey, rain jacket, and long tights (with shoe covers) and an extra pair of dry long-finger rain gloves (or two, to change into at about half distance) plus a cap under the helmet would have been quite sufficient.
And of course, nobody would have had fenders, so you're getting extra water off your front wheel onto your chest, off the back wheel onto your lower back, and off the wheel in front of you onto your face and arms. And a lot of modern synthetic chamoise get quite uncomfortable when they are wet - you need to put some kind of lotion on them in wet weather.
If you do get caught in this type of condition and you don't have the clothes, there's nothing for it but to either flag down the sag, or get together a pace line and just go as hard as you can to generate some body heat & get the ride over with. The last thing you want to do is to roll easily. Your core temperature will go down and you WILL go hypothermic!