Emerge a fitter and stronger athlete in spring by:

1.  Preparing the night before:

  • Charge your bike lights and Garmin, pump your tyres and fill your water bottles.
  • Check the weather forecast then lay out your bike kit or running clothes to suit the conditions, see the winter bike kit checklist box below.
  • Pack your swim bag.
  • Prepare your breakfast or your nutrition, if a long ride.

2. Dress right.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” 

  • Use layers so that you are warm, dry and can stay comfortable once you’re warmed up. Clothing should be lightweight and non restrictive.

*Order Moore Performance kit from Danny (email: [email protected]) winter jerseys are available now and an online order will open next month.

*MP outwear kit is preferred on group rides.

3. Be Seen:

  • Light up, use good quality bike lights that allow you to see and be seen.
  • Use two  front and taillights in case one runs a low on battery or fails.
  • If running, wear clothes with reflective strips and take some form of light such as a head light see Wiggle’s range.  You need to be seen to be safe.

4. Have a goal:

5. Train indoors:

  • Use a turbo trainer – see our turbo guide.
  • Hit the gym – if the weather’s too bad do a spin class, run on a treadmill or do some strength and conditioning weight sessions.
  • Training in your lunch break, the off-season is the perfect time to add some strength and conditioning or yoga to your schedule. Elixr offers free trials.

6. Warm up before you head outdoors:

  • Use your turbo trainer, do some yoga sun salutations or strength exercises such as squats, lunches, sit ups and planks to warm up before you head out to training.

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Winter bike kit checklist

What to wear:

  • if it’s cold but the weather will warm up while your riding:

    • Over socks or booties
    • Socks (merino optional)
    • Knicks
    • Knee or leg warmers
    • Merino undershirt
    • Short sleeve jersey
    • Arm warmers
    • Gilet
    • Winter gloves
    • Neck and or Ear Warmers
    • Carry a wind jacket for the cafe or easy spin home
  • If it’s cold and raining warm inner layers and waterproof outer layers:

    • Woollen or merino base layer (see Icebreaker)
    • Waterproof shoe covers (booties)
    • Woollen or Merino socks
    • Knicks or long (roubaix) knicks
    • Fleece leg and arm warmers
    • Long sleeve jersey
    • Rain/shell jacket
    • Waterproof gloves
    • Cap

For more information on what to wear on cold days of climbing and descending to recovery rides and  95 per cent change of rain, check out Ella’s Cycling tips.

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