As the nights grow longer and the weather ever colder, you might be considering how you will get through your winter’s training. Maybe you’re not a fan of indoor training or maybe you’re a die hard outside rider. Whatever the reason, here are my top ten tips for riding in the cold.

  1. Layers. Put multiple layers on, they will keep you warmer and will give you an option to take off should you overheat.
  2. Spare Layers. A rain jacket or a waterproof layer can be useful even if it’s not raining to keep you toasty in the cold. Keep it in your jersey pocket just in case.
  3. Overshoes. A decent pair that insulate and keep your feet dry. The latter is very important as wet feet will get very cold very quickly. Think about doubling up on socks too.
  4. Gloves. Get a quality pair as your hands are right at the front of your bike in the wind, and they don’t move much so will suffer with inadequate ones.
  5. Face. Cover it! Use a buff or face mask or your skin will take a battering in the cold air. You’ll also do your throat and lungs a favour by not breathing cold air.
  6. Be Prepared. This is a no brainier, all year round, but take money, your phone, and anything you might need until you get rescued including the means to buy a hot drink if you get caught out.
  7. Be Sensible. Is it really a good idea to do a hilly ride or a route through lanes where the sun can’t reach them during an icy spell? No.
  8. Bike. Swap some components on your bike; wheels, tyres, ride a different bike or keep off the road entirely if it’s too bad.
  9. Turbo Trainer. It’s what they’re invented for! If it’s dangerous out stay indoors, apps like Zwift make longer rides inside more bearable.
  10. Warm-Up. Always ensure you are adequately warm enough for the ride or session. No big geared efforts with cold knees.

Think I’ve missed any? Leave me a note in the comments below.

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