You only say that because you've never had the pleasure (and it is a pleasure, a luxury really) of having a supported ride. Snacks and drinks with the raise of a hand, or a nice draft on a false flat with a headwind.I barely know what a team car is, and I've never wished for one. Pffft, roadies.
Ouch. 2 winters back I was doing some winter XC and dismounted to step over a culvert... onto a sheet of ice that wouldn't have been a problem for studded tires, but with unstudded shoes sent me down with a torn LCL.Last time it was over 12 mies from home and my left leg had stopped working.
Meh...I commented about how easy changing a flat is to the mechanic at a shop that used to sponsor my team. They're a slightly funny shop. They do mostly high-end road and tri stuff but they're on a major commute route. They'd be changing flats a surprising amount of the time when i walked in. He said that sure, it's easy enough to change a flat when it's light out and the weather's pleasant. But when it's dark and rainy, it's nice to go inside someplace warm, and have it taken care of.