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Dozens out for the first Snow Roll of the year

Posted at 8:20 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 20:20:19-05

What do you get when you mix snow, Santa Claus, and bicycles? This year's first Snow Roll!

"There's nothing I'd rather be doing right now than riding a bicycle two weeks before Christmas," said Robert Altman, who participated in the Snow Roll.

The cold? Not a problem for the dozens of bicyclists riding Saturday afternoon.

"I love skiing so this weather is totally fine," said Bridgid Ormond, another Snow Roll participant.

"I have about five layers on!" said Altman.

What's different from this Snow Roll compared to last year's? It's definitely colder, and there's more snow.

"This time last year it was 55 degrees and we had 500 people," said Seamus Gallivan, co-founder of Slow Roll.

"We've already had more snow this year than all of last winter I think," said Anthony Caferro, other Slow Roll founder.

While the increase in snow had some riders a little nervous...

"Of course [I'm scared to ride in the snow]. Never did that before, but these guys take care of you," said Altman.

"I'm a little nervous because my tires are a little skinny so we'll see how it goes," said Ormond.

It's this weather that the Slow Roll co-founders were hoping for.

"We're happier for this than 55 degrees," said Gallivan. "It's called the Snow Roll. We want to ride in the wintertime."

For those riders who may not have gotten the fatter tires to make it safer to ride their bikes, the Slow Roll founders changed Saturday's route, to make it a safer journey.

"We simplified the route for today because some of the streets that we wanted to ride on have yet to be plowed," said Gallivan.

Regardless of the conditions, the dedicated bicyclists, literally putting their best foot forward, trekking through the white roads.

"I guess worst comes to worst I fall and hopefully fall onto the snow, but that's not too bad of a cushion!" said Ormond.

"So get on a bike and let's go!" exclaimed Altman.

The bike racks empty now, but if you missed this Snow Roll don't worry, there are two more. The next one is January 28th. For more information, you can go here