7 Tips for Fueling Cold Weather Rides

Everything changes when the temperature drops and the wind starts to howl. You might feel like staying indoors, wrapped in a fluffy blanket with a bowl of popcorn and a cycling movie on the TV. After all, only crazy people claim to know how to dress properly for sub-zero temps. Oh—wait, that’s right—most of us are crazy and will get out to ride no matter how brutal Mother Nature’s wrath.

Cycling in cold weather requires some different planning. You’ll face plenty of challenges, like an increased need to urinate and freezing water bottles. Oh, and don’t forget the struggle of eating food with gloves on. Speaking of snacks, what will you eat out there? It’s important to note your fueling game should change in the cold, too.

About the Author

Greg Kaplan,

A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.
A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.

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