Snowy River Cycling

I hate riding when it's hot. Or cold.

   Aug 14

Pretty much as soon as my heart rate goes up, buds of sweat spring forth from my body. Any sustained activity, or warm temperatures see me starting to drip like a tap. As well as consuming litres of water, I need vegemite, salty chips, electrolytes in my second drink bottle or all of the above to keep my metabolism happy as I rapidly transition from a lady like glow, straight to a decidedly horsy sweat when exertion and ambient temperatures combine.

Hot humid weather therefore is not my friend when cycling.

Cold weather will find me riding when I am kitted out properly with merino against most of my skin and a wind proof jacket on hand. ( With ample ventilation capacity, naturally, given my propensity to work up a lather by merely climbing the stairs). Bitingly cold weather (and this means anything below about 4 degrees C) is a turn off: add wind, or rain to the above and riding is a no go unless I have no option.

It is lucky for me then that I live in East Gippsland, which probably has one of the mildest climates in Australia. In summer our day time temperatures will climb into the high 30's but rarely stay there for more than a few days at a time. Our heat tends to be mostly low humidity so much more tolerable. We can usually rely on the temperature to drop to the teens or low twenties overnight to let things cool a little.

Come winter, and a really, seriously cold overnight low temperature is about 2 degrees. Thick frosts are definitely the exception ( such as this winter, when we woke for many days in a row to thick white on the ground). Our roads don't get icy.

If it isn't actually raining, winter can be some of the best weather for cycling in this part of the world.

Overall we are cooler than Melbourne in summer, warmer in winter, and less humid than Sydney.

When does the weather go pear shaped in East Gippsland? When we get an East Coast Low Pressure system. This is the rain that sucks water off the ocean and dumps it on the land in quantities, keeping our grass green nine months of the year, and causing the occasional river to flood.

The end result: any time of year is a good time to be cycling in East Gippsland!