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10 ways to stay warm on colder rides

10 ways to stay warm on colder rides

© Alexander Böhle The temperature is dropping but you can keep warm on your bike with these simple body-heating techniques . 1. Change your routes…

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© Alexander Böhle The temperature is dropping but you can keep warm on your bike with these simple body-heating techniques . 1. Change your routes over autumn and winter

On cooler days consider adjusting your routes for a warmer and more enjoyable ride. Avoid exposed terrain or high peaks and stick to roads which are warmed by sunlight but sheltered from cool winds by hedges or trees. In general, the lower the altitude, the warmer you will be, but be wary of sun-starved valleys.

It can also be beneficial to repeat a series of shorter loops on autumn or winter rides, so you always have an exit plan. “The weather can be quite unpredictable at this time of year, especially if it’s windy,” warns Hayley Simmonds, a professional cyclist and the 2018 Commonwealth Games time trial bronze medallist.

“So consider a series of shorter loops that stay closer to home, rather than one large circuit where you could end up hours from home when the weather turns. Avoid long descents too, as these are areas where you’re more likely to get chilly.” 2. Warm up before you leave the house

Start warming up before you leave the house with a short spin on the turbo trainer or some simple bodyweight exercises like lunges and squats. If you are trying to warm up in the first few kilometres of your ride, it’s too late. Warming up at home will crank up your body temperature and wake up your muscles before you even […]

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