Rain has been taken out of the forecast for the early part of the evening, so we will still be having our Monday night group ride. The ride leaves “the shop” at 5:30 and heads to Chatham and back.
It will be windy on the way out one, so here are some tips on cycling through a headwind:
1. Get your head down low by getting into the drop position: be mindful that you can still see where you are going but your aim is to be as ‘aerodynamic’ as you can. Remain seated as much as you can, even up steep hills – standing up is only going to set you up as a ‘sail’..!
2. Change up to a bigger gear and keep pushing through it. The natural tendency is to change down to a lower gear, but this will only cause you to lose more speed.
3. Keep mentally strong by focusing on the moment you’re in! Try not to react to the situation by getting negative, just know that to keep moving forward at a goodly pace you need to ‘keep going’ – so keep positive!
4. Shelter behind other riders if you can. In cycling this is called “drafting”, although in windy conditions it can also be called “sheltering”.
5. If practical, ride as close as you can to hedges along the roadside. For example, if the wind is a cross-wind buffering you from the right, then ride up close to obstacles along your right side as you ride. You can save much ‘buffering’ by riding like this as the obstacles give you a partial shelter.