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Cycling in Windy Conditions: Tips to Keep You Upright

Cycling in Windy Conditions: Tips to Keep You Upright


Cycling in windy conditions is not always the easiest thing to do regardless of whether you are a trained athlete or a beginner cyclist. Tackling a cycle like this requires preparation. If you are planning a cycle in windy weather, remember that it will ultimately affect your performance speed by up to at least half of your normal rate.

Most importantly of all though is your overall safety. If you have a cycling session planned but don’t feel confident cycling in windy conditions, reschedule or train indoors instead.

Top Tips for Cycling in Windy Conditions

Although it is trickier, it is not impossible so long as you are fully prepared. Before you set off on your cycle, make sure to check the weather forecast and to plan your route. Doing this will allow you to plan the route. This involves the least amount of time cycling into a head wind.

Always keep the following tips in mind:

  • Wear the appropriate clothing: 
    • Form fitting, windproof and compression clothing can help your cycling performance in windy conditions as it increases your aerodynamics and also reduces overall wind resistance.
  • Take advantage of the drops: 
    • Keeping a lower position on your bike helps to reduce your wind exposure. It allows you to keep a more stable, stronger position on the bike. Make sure to tuck in your elbows and drop your chest as close to the drops as possible without affecting your visibility.
  • Maintain a lower cycling gear: 
    • Windy conditions affects your speed. Trying to keep up the same level of performance that you are used to on normal training sessions requires twice the amount of power in the wind. It is better to not because frustrated and drop to lower gear for the duration of the cycle.
  • Ride with a group: 
    • If you can, cycle in a group or with a partner and take turns between drafting and riding at the front. This will cut down on wind resistance and will also help to keep your endurance levels up.

If you have suffered a cycling related injury or would like to get more out of your cycling training, contact us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic. Our physiotherapists are trained in treating a wide range of sports related injuries and offer biomechanical assessments to assess your training concerns. To book an appointment, fill out our online contact form.

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