riding-cold

As we rode ourselves and trained a lot of athletes that needed to keep riding even when there is snow outside, we gathered 10 tips for cycling in cold weather on hot to enjoy riding in winter, staying warm and comfortable, which we think is a wonderful season to enjoy on bike and stay fit for your summer goals too!

riding-cold

So here is selections of tips we crafted for you, if you suffer with riding comfortably in cold:

 

  • Mudguards. Even small tail under your seat will help a lot. Less cold water you get onto body, longer it will stay warm.
  • Running. When your feet gets really really cold, get of bike and run for 30sec, it will get blood flow to your feet and will warm up.
  • Thermo bidon. They are not expensive, but sip of warm drink mid ride will fell amazing. Go for some tea with honey for extra energy. Since you burn more calories to stay warm… You can find some for good price at Evelo Store here
  • Clothing. Its obvious you need proper gear to ride in winter, but quality gear realy makes the difference. Don’t overdress as well. What seems impossible, but you can do it even when there is snow outside. Best to choose winter outer layer that breathes but is water resistant like Gore-Tex. If you overdress, you will get sweaty fast and when you will slow down, you will get cold real fast as you will be all wet out in winter…
  • High cadence. Do 20sec high cadence effort once in a while if you start getting cold, it will rise your heart rate and make you warmer by bringing more blood to legs.
  • Forrest. Choose places to ride where your average speed will be slower, but watts the same, at slower speed you will have less wind coming at you and will be warmer. Forrest is great place to stay warm.
  • Fatty cream. If your knees and face gets cold at rides, beforehand apply some fatty cream to area, Nivea will work just fine.
  • Food. It’s easy to bonk in cold, because your body burns more calories to keep body warm. So fuel up properly and bring more food on rides that you would do in summer.
  • Weather app. Always check weather in areas around, not where you are at. Check 2-3 locations around you, and you might find that changing general direction of your ride might save you from bad day.
  • Full gas. Hey, if nothing helps, you can always ride harder and that will do it all!

 

Hopefully some of our 10 tips for cycling in cold weather stuck with you and will make your next ride more enjoyable!

Stay fit this winter my friends!

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Me and Maris decided to team up and drive to Tartu to try to win again in the biggest MTB festival in Baltics. Race started well for us as I took first and Maris took second intermediate sprint. But early in the race we realized we came with wrong bikes, I had a full suspension mountainbike, we had no idea the track would be so dry! Even muddy forests that always are tricky with CX bikes and everyone choose MTB bikes were dry enough to do them just fine with gravel bikes and all gravel sectors were hard as termac! I have never seen such conditions here. We were 8 man break early in the race and only 3 of us had MTB not gravel bike… So me and Maris just fastened our seatbelts on gravel sectors where estonians went crazy fast! We had one sector in strava for 3km where we averaged 53km/h! Crazytown. Everyone in break was going full gas all day because Gert Jõeäär and Peeter Pruus (who had mechanical), two strongest contenders missed break.
So break stayed together all day, we could ride away from cx bikes in forests, but it wasn’t worth it since they would cach us on gravel parts. Only 2 guys got dropped, but pace was high and steady until the last 10km, when Estonians started to attack. We both on MTB were pretty tired, so our only option to win was Maris outsprinting 6 man break. I decided in the last 4 kilometers to ride at a steady pace in front so nobody attacks. It was all going good when 700m to go Martin Loo made an attack and rest of the break didn’t react, I was already cramping at time and couldn’t react too, I made a mistake and pulled too hard before. Since nobody was reacting and we wanted to win, Maris had no other option to chase him, so he dragged rest of break to Loo wheel, he catches him with 350m to go, when final sprint was about to start, so he made second sprint right away and came in second, only Jakin could pass him from his wheel. Ahh, so close but so far. It was a fun battle between gravel bikes and MTB bikes and Latvians and estonians! What a beautiful race! We will be back next year to try again!