By John Hughes
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In his new eArticle Year-Round Cycling: How to Extend Your Cycling Season Coach John Hughes urges us to ride in the winter for a variety of reasons: to build fitness for the summer, to manage our weight, to get more outdoor exercise to combat the winter blues, to commute because it’s green and inexpensive and to have fun! Hughes offers these tips.
Dress in layers to keep warm and allow you to adjust as the day warms up. Start with a layer to wick the sweat away, then one or more layers to insulate you and finally a windproof layer. The eArticle explains how to apply the layering principle to your torso, legs, and extremities and how to pick rain gear.
Eat more calories than you would in the summer. You need fuel to keep you warm as well as to power your riding. The eArticle describes how to estimate how many calories per hour you should be eating, good food and drink in the winter and how to carry them.
When riding in the rain don’t ride through mud puddles—there may be a pothole that could cause you to crash. Look ahead and anticipate the need to stop since brake pads don’t grip as well and it takes longer to stop. The eArticle explains how to ride in the rain and even on snowy roads and the modifications to make to your bike.
He breaks the article down into six factors to successfully ride year-round, with in-depth information on all: 1) Goal-Setting and Planning; 2) Training; 3) Clothing and Equipment; 4) Nutrition; 5) Technique; 6) Motivation.