After a week of scraping ice off the car and -4C (24.8F) mornings I decided that if I was going to be going on my own that I would abort. Too cold and miserable on your own.
As well as that "fair weather biker" excuse I got a real one. Trying to catch the dog in the garden I twisted the end joint on my left index finger, making it so painful I couldn't even pull the zipper on my jeans left handed! I am left handed BTW! So pulling the clutch was o-u-t!
So with Meldrew's clubmate Cal pulling out with a knee injury I decided that abort was best.