Riding in the Heat

Cycling in the Heat

Do you like it hot?  Well, depending on where you live you might not have a choice and will need to ride your bike in some extremely hot temperatures for at least part of the year.

We sort of labeled a hot ride as anytime the temperature climbs above 90 degrees and or the Dew point is 65% or greater…but it really comes down to what you’re accustomed to and how well acclimatized you are.  If it’s hot to you, then it’s a hot ride.

In this edition of the Cycling 360 podcast, the guys talk about many of the factors that should be taken into consideration when riding your bike in the heat.  Tune into this one to find out more about:

  • Knowing your limits
  • Pre-Ride preparations for a hot ride
  • Warning signs of heat stroke
  • Water, water, water
  • Warning signs of dehydration
  • Eating for the heat
  • On the ride heat mitigation
  • Accessories to help keep you cool
  • Post ride cooling down recommendations
  • Our favorite food and drink recipes for when it’s hot
  • Plus the Cycling 360 Quicktip and much more

Additional Links:

Cycling Hydration Chart

Taking a Third Bottle on a Hot Ride

Hydration Tabs

 

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Comments

  1. Helene Anda says:

    Hiya fellas,
    I’m from Los Angeles and ride at least six days a week including commutes to work. However, this topic was one I found was just what I needed. Last week we did a 68 mile ride in 95 mile heat with lots of climbing. We rode Chantry Flats and Angeles Crest Highway. I ran out of water near the junction and headed straight for this awesome looking tree. I know the route and knew there was no place to cool down if I continued. I had to wait for a buddy who was headed up. At first I felt like a wimp for bailing on the climb, but after about 20 to 25 mins of cooling down I was ready to descend. I had been experiencing cramping. Glad I listened to my body. I love this podcast, thanks for the info and I love the chart for hydration.

  2. Karen White says:

    Excellent show as always. Sorry I can’t do the itunes rating for you. Keep up the good work.

  3. Belizean TCR says:

    Great show guys! I actually used the SweatGutr for about 3 years before I lost it. All I can say is that it is awesome! I get sweat in my eyes a lot and this actually catches it as it runs down my forehead and drains it down the side of my face. My wife thinks it’s gross and it’s a strange feeling the first couple times wearing it but it helped me a lot. I even used it a lot for non-cycling related activities like working in the yard. I’m also one of the long-sleeved 90+ degree riders because I burn easily. I find that the Under Armour Heat Gear l/s compression shirts work great, I honestly feel much cooler riding with it than without. Someone recommended surfing rash guards to me, but I found that the mock neck on the O’Neil ones I got made me literally feel hot around the collar.

  4. Great show. This is a timely topic, as my next double century is Knoxville and it’s always hot. I like your suggestion of cooling down with an ice sock. They gave us ice socks while on a climb, and that felt sooo good. Ice socks are great on a hot ride.

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