expect i'll set off at 0530 again, so will be dark and bloody cold. don't worry about big lights, small single led on rear and slightly bigger one on front. u can always see people ahead/behind.
after almost dying of hypothermia first year, i now take kneewarmers and a tiny rapha stowaway jacket which keeps the wind off. will use some old socks over my leather race gloves, which ill chuck away once it warms up.
Sunrise is very welcome, but before too long it gets to about 27/28 degrees and u wish it was cold again. I always take sunglasses too, loads of glare and lots of dust from road.
Absolutely right, quite cold in the morning for those leaving at 5:00ish but then worm up quite quickly as soon as the sun rises.
Lights tip; if you set off early for the 205km i suggest using some helmet light (i bought mine at Decathlon for about €30) this will help gaining some time when is dark and you can't see the stony road. At least this is what we changed from last year.