How embarrassing, a New Year’s Day bike fail. I had to get the rescue squad out! 2015 can only get better.

New Years Day in Wallonia

I was thoroughly enjoying my icebreaker ride for the year. Nothing was stirring on the club message board and there was still a lot of ice and snow about so I set off for a solo ride using my mountain bike again.

Bright sunshine over Wallonia on New Years Day

It was a lovely day. Where the sunshine had reached the soil we had warming conditions with melting snow turning to mud while elsewhere the bitter cold was keeping a firm grip.

Icy trails in Lasne Mountain biking

Chapelle du Try au Chenes New Years day 2015

All was going nicely until my rear derailleur disintegrated 10km from home. That shouldn’t be a problem, I just shortened the chain to ride home on a single gear. Except that the chain splitter decided to snap too, leaving me without a working bike.

New Years Day Bike fail 2015

Some cursing may have taken place.

Then I ate humble pie and phoned home.

Maybe I have got my bad luck out of the way for the year already. Hope so.