Cycling in Wind

Cycling in Wind

It might be a nemesis to many of us cyclists, but riding in wind is just one of the elements that we have to face on the roads.  A phone in question from Gregory sparked this conversation on riding in the wind, and in this podcast we go over the planning, equipment, and tactics that can be used to help make the battle against the wind easier to deal with.

Darryl was actually vacationing in his homeland of Saskatchewan, Canada when we recorded this podcast and he claims that it is the windiest place on earth.  To prove it, he shot this little video to go along with our topic.

Tune in to this podcast on cycling in the wind as we discuss:

  • Headwinds, Tailwinds, and Crosswinds
  • Planning a ride according to the wind
  • The best position to be in a headwind
  • Tactics for small riders
  • Wheel sets and the wind
  • Is an aerodynamic helmet better than aerodynamic wheels?
  • The importance of eye protection in the wind
  • Tight fitting clothing
  • Gearing cadence tricks for solo rides in the wind
  • The best body positioning for windy conditions
  • The group echelon and how to use it best in the wind
  • Plus much more on cycling in the wind, including the Cycling 360 Quicktip

Additional Links:

Darryl vs The Wind

Blown Away

 

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Comments

  1. Most of my riding is done along a canal where trees and large bushes offer varying levels of shade and some protection from wind. So if it’s a windy day you may wish to ride along a path that offers walls, trees, bushes, buildings or other forms of wind reduction. Happy riding!

  2. Rod Rowley says:

    This was very good and timely info. I listened to it this morning on my way to ride a hilly century where there was a lake wind advisory in effect. Stayed on my aero bars more than I would have, sat in with others as much as possible. Still fought it solo for 2/3 rds of the ride, knowing that it was my mental attitude that would allow me to do well. When it was bad I tried to keep track of how far it was to the next turn and tell myself that it would be over or change in x miles and that I could do anything for that many miles. Thanks guys.

  3. I’m sure Saskatchewan is windy. South Dakota is too, or anywhere on the Great Plains. We did a tour across SD a few years ago when we had gusts up to 45 mph. We averaged 6 mph on that section and were working as hard as we could. Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. This time of year is always bad, spring in the UK seems to be worse though. From a safety point of views the wind is something I find drivers don’t take into consideration when passing. Not just talking about the vortex a lorry creates but sudden gusts that can push a rider out into the road.

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