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Cycling in the Heat Bundle, Parts 1 & 2

Cycling in the Heat Bundle, Parts 1 & 2
More Articles by: Coach John Hughes
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Includes the eArticles: 1) Cycling in the Heat: Part 1 - Ride Management; and 2) Cycling in the Heat: Part 2 - Hydration Management

By Coach John Hughes

In this 2-article series Coach John Hughes shares what he has learned from decades of riding and coaching, along with the current research of how the human body responds to heat, and how best to manage hydration.

In Cycling in the Heat: Part 1 - Ride Management, Coach Hughes tell us that the science and its applications are equally relevant to fitness-minded recreational cyclists and performance-minded riders alike. And riding in the heat isn’t just about riding when it’s hot outside. Whether you are riding in hot conditions or just riding hard in temperate conditions, heat (how it affects your body, and how you deal with it) is a factor in both your performance and your enjoyment of the ride.

Coach Hughes combines the latest scientific research and his wealth of riding and coaching experience to educate and prepare you to ride when your body heats up. No matter where you live, or how you ride, his excellent 19-page eArticle will help you manage heat on your rides. It covers:

  • Why you get hot—the ambient temperature isn’t the primary reason! Understanding your physiology in the heat will help you know how best to ride when you are hot.
  • How to acclimate to the heat whether you live in a hot region or where the temps are more moderate.
  • How to plan your season so that you are ready to ride when conditions are hot.
  • Tactics to ride in the heat.
  • Clothing and nutrition choices for hot days.
  • How to cool off if you overheat.
  • Heat-related health conditions and how to avoid them.

In Cycling in the Heat, Part 2: Hydration Management, Coach Hughes cuts through the confusion to help us understand that the science of hydration and electrolyte replacement is changing. The old advice is no longer valid. He stresses the importance of optimal hydration, finding the right balance between drinking too little and drinking too much, and also getting the specific electrolytes your body needs. In the article, he presents the latest scientific evidence and his recommendations for best managing your hydration.

We each have different genes, have acclimated differently to riding in the heat, and exercise in different conditions. Thus, any one-size-fits-all hydration plan is inherently flawed. In the excellent new 21-page article, Coach Hughes teaches you how to develop your personal hydration plan.

Cycling in the Heat, Part 2: Hydration Management covers:

  • How sweat cools you
  • Assessing your sweat rate and composition
  • How much should you drink?
  • Fluid replacement
  • Electrolyte replacement
  • Electrolyte replacement drinks
  • Electrolyte replacement supplements
  • Electrolyte replacement food
  • Hydration-related problems

Both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Cycling in the Heat series are available together in another cost-saving bundle: the Summer Riding Bundle (includes both titles, in addition to Preventing and Treating Cramps, and Eating & Drinking Like the Pros).


Note: these are eArticles. Your purchases will be stored as a PDF file in your customer account on the website for downloading and printing.

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