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How To Ride In The Wind | Strategies To Deal With All Wind Conditions

How To Ride In The Wind | Strategies To Deal With All Wind Conditions


– Sometimes there’s just
no avoiding the wind, whether that’s for a training
ride or in a race situation. – So we’ve put together
some tips that will keep you fast and safe whatever the wind direction. (dramatic music) – If you know you’re going to be riding or racing in windy
conditions, then it’s worth looking at your bike and seeing if you can reduce the side profile. Now that basically means your wheels. – Yeah, the wheels are
a big area of focus. I know a lot of people like to go faster on a disc wheel, but for
really windy conditions you probably want a low profile one. And then especially on the front because it’s the front
wheel that’s going to get that big side crosswind and
cause you a few problems. – Yeah, I had this experience
in Kona which is known for its strong cross winds. So I actually chose to
ride 454’s on the front and the back, just to improve my handling. (upbeat music) Riding into a headwind can be pretty tough but there are a lot of
ways in which you can make it easier and the most significant is to reduce your frontal area. So you want to try and drop your head, bend your elbows and tuck
up as small as you can. – And also you want to keep
the cadence nice and high. So if you’ve got a nice
fast cadence, you get a sudden gust of wind,
it’s not going to slow it down too much. But if you’re already
at a really slow cadence and you get a sudden gust of wind, it’s going to stop your peddle stroke and you’re not going to go anywhere. So when you ride in a group and pulling your usual 10 minute turns on the front you might want to halve
that time into a headwind because the intensity is going to go up when you’re on the front
and you want to get back for a rest as soon as possible. – Yeah, and the same goes even if you’re just riding in pairs. Take it in turns and
maybe make those turns shorter and if you’re a bit
cheeky and maybe you’re tired or you’re the weaker rider in the group, try and do your stint on the front when you’ve got a tailwind
and when it’s a headwind use it to tuck in behind
someone a bit stronger. Come on then. Now irrelevant of whether
you’re riding on your own, in a pair or in a group,
remember going into a headwind is a little bit like riding up a hill. So don’t worry about
your speed, think more about the intensity you’re riding at. If you try and maintain
the same speed you’ve got with a tailwind, you’ll just
find yourself burning out and it will be a long ride home. – Now the most challenging conditions are like this when you’ve got a crosswind taking your front wheel
and you’re much better actually coming onto your base bars where you’ll have a lot
more stability and control. – Now you might be
worried that coming out of the aerobar position onto the base bars, you’re going to be wasting
a huge amount of time but if you think about it,
staying here, fighting, trying to hold on, you’re
going to be wasting a lot of energy when
actually you could be on your base bars far more
relaxed and actually more efficient in the long run. – So in strong crosswind sections, I prefer to be on my drops. I’ve got softer elbows
here and much more control. I’m also focusing on getting my head as low as possible so
that I’ve got a lower centre of gravity. – Yeah and the key with crosswinds is actually looking ahead and
predicting the conditions. Say you’re riding along
next to a high wall and you can see a gateway coming up, then just make sure you’re prepared because the gusts will hit you and the same goes if you’re on a busy road and you’ve got lorries
passing, just make sure you’re prepared and
ready to take that gust. – So in strong crosswind
sections you’ll find that riders get into a formation known as an echelon, where when the winds coming in from the right hand
side, the riders behind will sit on the left here. – Yeah, just make sure the
rider that you’re using for shelter knows that you’re here, so they don’t try and cut in. And also treat this like
you would if you’re riding in a pair or group in
headwind and make sure you still do your turn on the front. – And when you’re flying
along in a tailwind, remember don’t get too carried away because you have to save
a little bit of energy for when you turn round and go
back home into the headwind. – Yeah, and if you are
a cheeky Strava hunter then it might be worth
checking the forecast because if you know there’s a section that you’re good at, it’s
going to have a tailwind then why not make the most of it? Just remember riding in the wind can be a little bit harder, so take that into consideration when
you’re planning your route. – Yeah and the more time you
practise in windy conditions will pay dividends when you
turn up to your next race and it’s blowing a gale. If you like this video,
give it a thumbs up. Click on The Globe, subscribe to GTN. If you want to see a video
on essential cycling skills click here. – And if you want to know
how your cycling cadence can affect your run off the
bike then watch this video here.

14 comments on “How To Ride In The Wind | Strategies To Deal With All Wind Conditions

  1. Hey GTN, I have a question, i don't personally consider taking part in a triathlon, but I am thinking of going for a swim 1-2 times a week, however, I don't know if it will better to just keep training on the bike, since swimming targets the upper body the most, so, what do you guys think?

  2. Ask Mark what his views of ETU Duathlon Champs changing to October from April . In my opinion they should be before the Worlds .

  3. Dear Global TRIATHLON Network…I am confused as to why you give tips on 10 minute turns up front and drafting to recover…tribikes don't draft and we don't train to draft….its illegal in TRIATHLONS to draft…we train like we race…thanks…..most of us with 8 grand bikes don't have road bikes…

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