5 Ways to Have More Fun Cycling This Winter
If you're a cyclist, winter can be a tough time of year. The cold temperatures and icy roads make it difficult to get out on the bike, and it's easy to feel like you're losing your fitness progress. But there are still plenty of ways to enjoy cycling during the colder months. Here are five tips for maximizing your cycling experience this winter.
1. Fat Biking
Fat biking is an increasingly popular sport where cyclists ride on specially-designed bikes with wide tires that don't sink on soft surfaces. It's a great way to stay active while also exploring new areas that may not be accessible during warmer months. Plus, fat biking can be great fun.
2. Indoor Riding - Zwift
For those who prefer riding indoors, Zwift is an interactive platform that allows cyclists to ride virtually alongside others around the world. This makes it easy for cyclists to stay connected even when they’re not able to get outside and ride together in person. Plus, Zwift offers numerous workouts and challenges that provide motivation and structure for riders looking for something more than just pedaling in place all winter long.
3. Riding Trips Down South
For those who don't mind traveling a bit, riding trips down south can provide some much-needed warmth—and some incredible scenery too! Whether you want to explore the desert or cruise along sunny beaches, getting away from the cold can help rekindle your love of cycling and give you plenty of motivation for when you return back home.
4. Strength Training to Improve Riding
While most people think of strength training as being done inside a gym, there are actually many exercises that can help improve your riding performance without ever having to step foot inside one. Core exercises such as planks, squats, lunges, push-ups, mountain climbers are all great ways to build strength and endurance while also improving your stability on the bike. Doing these exercises 3 times a week will give you a surprising amount of gains when spring rolls around.
5. Layering Clothing Properly
If you are going to tough it out and continue riding in the cold, layering clothing properly is essential if you want to have the most fun during the winter months. Start with a base layer made from wicking material like merino wool or synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon; this will help keep sweat away from your skin so you don't get chilled after working up a sweat on the bike. Then add additional layers as needed depending on how cold it is outside - but make sure not too add too much bulk otherwise you won't be able move freely while pedaling!