Riding in the Rain
As I was reading through posts I came across one rider in training that mentioned her 2nd day of class was canceled due to rain. This made me chuckle, because of my own experience with TeamOregon.
The weather here has been horrible this Spring and it rained up until the first day of the class on bikes. Then, it was a glorious 70 degree day and we were all so thankful. The next day....monsoon. It poured rain for 5 hours straight. One of the instructors changed her clothes and put on fresh rain gear at the break. I remember one trainee asking at the beginning if it was safe to train in the rain. The instructor barked, "This is Oregon. If you don't plan on riding in the rain, you might as well go home now and not plan on getting your endorsement!" In the beginning I was apprehensive about making turns on the wet pavement and one of the instructors asked, "Do you see standing water? Do you see oil? Do you see anything else that we've learned about that will cause the bike to slip? No? Then just ride the bike, you'll be fine!". Great coaching. I relaxed immediately and did fine the rest of the very wet day.
At the end of the day we all took our skills test in the rain, and I think most, if not all of us passed...in the rain. Talking to people later we all felt pretty lucky that we had that wet, rainy day under our belts. We realized that other trainees don't always get that experience, and will approach their first rainy riding day with just a bit more apprehension than we will.