Five tips to keep you riding through winter

600 375 Kate Gordon

Training in winter is not many cyclists’ idea of fun. But with the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM 2018 taking place in early March, training through the next few months is strongly advised. It can even be enjoyable. Here’s our five top tips for getting the most out of riding this winter…

1. Train with friends
Riding with friends or your local club brings a number of benefits. It forces you to make a commitment, which is harder to break than if you’re just going out on your own. It’s social, and therefore more enjoyable. And you’ll probably stop for coffee and cake, because it’s winter and it’s cold and, well, why wouldn’t you?

2. Get your kit right
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing,” as Alfred Wainwright (not a cyclist) once said. However, he’s got a point when it comes to cycling. Whilst there are some exceptions (see no. 4 below), wearing the right kit will go a long way to helping you train through the winter. Our favourite pieces of kit include winter hats (that cover your ears), winter gloves and a neck buff. Layering kit is also a good way to go: add winter jersey or tights over your Club Peloton kit, available here. Overshoes or oversocks are also a worthwhile addition to this list.

3. Winterise your bike
At some point, we’ve all sat on someone’s wheel and been covered by the rain water/unidentified road muck (URM) coming off their unprotected rear wheel. Mud guards not only make you nicer company on group rides but also keep your bike a lot cleaner and make washing it after a ride a lot easier and faster. Also consider winter tyres and don’t forget a decent set of fully-charged front and rear lights.

4. Pick your moment
Whilst observing number 2 should see you through most cold and/or wet conditions, we urge you to use common sense. If it’s icy, if visibility is low, or if it’s really hammering it down, think twice about heading out. There will of course be someone who rides whatever the weather but use your judgement and trust your ability. If you’re new to riding and you’ve not ridden in icy conditions before, a frosty day might not be the best moment to head out on your own.

5. Train with us
To make all of the above much easier, why not train with Club Peloton? We have fully-supported rides coming up on 1st December and 2nd February 2018, and numerous other rides taking place over the next few months. They are a great opportunity to meet your fellow riders and to get in some cycling and networking before Cycle to MIPIM starts.

Links to all upcoming weekly and weekend training rides can be found at https://clubpeloton.org/training-calendar/.

WEEKEND RIDES

  • Sunday 10th December – Beginners Berkshire Training ride with Andy Yates (100km)
    • 08:00am meet at Richmond Station
    • Sign up coming soon. Contact Andy for more information.  
  • Sunday 10th December – London to Brighton Training ride with Toby Fox (80km)
    • 07:30am meet at Ryka’s Café, Old London Rd, Box Hill, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6BY. (Optional return train back from Brighton)
    • Sign up here or contact Toby for more information.
  • Sunday 10th December – Beginners Berkshire Training Ride with James Morgan (100km)
    • 08:00am meet at Richmond Station
    • Sign up here here 
  • Friday 15th December – North Downs Training ride with John Forbes (80km)
    • 08:30am meet at Cafe Paradiso on Shad Thames
    • Sign up here or contact John for more information.
  • Saturday 16 December – Essex Loop Training Ride with Stuart Wilks (70km)
    • 9:30am meet at Woodford Station (IG8 7QE)
    • Sign up coming soon. Contact Stuart for more information.
  • Wednesday 27th December – Surrey Hills Training ride with Toby Fox (50-60km)
    • 9:00am meet at Ryka’s Café, Old London Rd, Box Hill, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6BY
    • Sign up here or contact Toby for more information.
  • Sunday 7th January – Essex/Hertford Training ride with James Morgan (140km)
    • 07:30am meet at Clapton Roundabout
    • Sign up here or contact James for more information.
  • Saturday 13th January – Berkshire Training Ride with Andy Yates (150km)
    • 07:30am meet at Richmond Station
    • Sign up coming soon. Contact Andy for more information.
  • Sunday 13th January – Berkshire Training Ride with a Cycle to MIPIM Ride Captain (150km)
    • 07:30am meet at Richmond Station
    • Sign up here
  • Sunday 14th January – Wiltshire Downs Training ride with Mike Axon (100km)
    • 10:30am meet at Coate Water Country Park, Swindon (easy access from M4 and West Coast Mainline from London)
    • Sign up here or contact Mike for more information.
  • Friday 26th January – North Downs Training ride with John Forbes (80km)
    • 08:30am meet at Cafe Paradiso on Shad Thames 
    • Sign up here or contact John for more information.
  • Saturday 3rd February – Mock MIPIM Training Ride with a Cycle to MIPIM Ride Captain (200km)
    • 07:00am meet at Richmond Station
    • Sign up here
  • Saturday 17th February – Essex Loop Training Ride with Stuart Wilks (96km)
    • 09:00am meet at Caffe Nero, Brentwood High Street, CM14 4AB
    • Sign up coming soon. Contact Stuart for more information.

 

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