ahhhh wrote:It's better to feel well then feeling sick(cold) the next day.
There is truely no use in pushing yourself into something you are going to hate for days and cycling in rain is something you need to get used to.
I'm an almost daily commuter - 35km - each direction and I have plenty of experience with rainy and much colder conditions than Victory/Australia can ever have.
Long distance cycling is first of all a mental challenge and you'll find out that it applies to wheather conditions as well. Provided you've trained up enough to feel comfortable with the distance you're riding and provided you want to find out how riding in rainy conditions is, allow yourself to get wet during a day on which it might potentially rain. It's much nicer to ride into an upcoming rain than starting "cold" into one.
Once you've cycled a while, you'll find that riding in rain is not about getting wet: you'll be wet anyway. How
you get wet is what makes the difference. Cyclist's don't wear rain jacket to keep themself dry. They use them to minimize the excessive cooling effect of cold rainwater. With the optimal cycling cloth's you will not have the typical "wet - feeling" anyway but the more leakproof your clothing is the more you are going to bath in sweat. So if you use minimal protection and keep riding into the rain you'll find out it's bothering you surprisingly little. And as mentioned elsewhere, many people quickly learn to ignore it completely.
The concern to catch a cold by doing so is a common misunderstanding as by no means supported by hard evidence. During a ride you are producing a lot of warmth and as a regular biker your immunic system is strong and used to it and your are rather less perceptible to this (viral) infections than normaly. In fact the typical person to catch a cold is the one who avoids all sorts of stimuli to the physical health, hardly moves and usually drives a car.
If you love the country this experience will open new perspectives to you as everything seem to look, smell and behave different in rain.