Cycling in the heat
There’s an old saying from a Noel Coward song that only “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” Really that has to extend to cyclists too. We often set out early but many rides take us into the heat of the day. Environmental strain can have a dramatic effect on our cycling.
We need to prepare both our body and kit to deal with conditions of extreme heat and the potentially damaging rays of the sun.
After the hardships of riding through winter a great summer day’s cycling ride can really put a smile on our face. As we speed along we create a current of wind to cool us adding to our comfort. Still, we need to be aware of the risks of dehydration, sunburn, temperature control, and the subsequent implications an unexpected mechanical problem could have.