Words by Amy Sedghi
As the days start growing shorter and the weather cooler, it can be hard to find the motivation that seemed so easy during those long, sunny rides.
But with a few simple tweaks, cycling through the colder months doesn’t have to be a chore, and can set you up nicely for next year’s challenges.
Double Junior World Road Champion and Wiggle High 5’s pro cyclist, Lucy Garner takes us through her top tips for staying motivated during autumn.
Preparation is key
With the rain and the cold comes the need for some warmer gear and handy waterproofs. “Always make sure you’ve got a rain jacket with you when you go out,” insists Lucy, ” a lot of times in the autumn, I’ve gone out on a ride and at the furthest point it starts thrashing it down.”
She also advises looking at the weather forecast, but not to rely on it: “I often just go and stand outside the front door to actually feel the temperature myself because you never know until you get out there.” The sun may be shining but a cold wind could still catch you out.
And don’t forget the essentials: “When the weather gets bad, you’re often going to get punctures so make sure you’re prepared for that. Take spare inner tubes and a pump with you.”