When I woke up yesterday, the weather was looking pretty miserable. Cold day, and rain forecast right through until after the ride would end, so out I went in roubaix tights, overshoes, 2 base layers, jersey, rain jacket etc etc (as was my riding partner), and carrying a pocketful of Nutri-grains and a Banana.
However, the point is, we encountered this young lad, maybe 20 yrs old, in shorts, short sleeve jersey, rain jacket (it was the transparent type so I could see his jersey), fingerless gloves and summer shoes/socks. He was looking for the start line for the Poloncini Winter Sprinter, and was lost maybe 5-7 miles from the start line, with about 20 minutes to go. No spare kit or food on him that we could see. We gave him directions and on he went.
Heading into Cheshire, we encountered sleet then snow, and turned back once it starting sticking to the rural roads and making the descents risky. My torso and legs were fine, but I found the limits of my gloves and overshoes unfortunately, feeling very numb.
Anyway, I can't help wondering whether the young lad is ok/suffering from Hypothermia this morning. Presumably if he was in a club, other members would have had a word previously about appropriate clothing etc.
Is this common on sportives? Do you have any stories of being unprepared/ill-equipped that you can share?