I’m not sure how, but for some reason I always seem to do more riding in winter.
As I ride in Wales, it generally means getting wet and muddy, so I become very attached to my cold-weather riding gear. It’s all about keeping toasty even if I do get wet.
It’s not a glamorous look, but, as we quite often donʼt see many other people when riding around in Wales I donʼt really care!
With all this in mind, I wear Five Ten Karver’s, which admittedly donʼt keep my feet dry, but are nice and grippy. Underneath, I wear merino wool socks which tend to keep my feet from freezing even if they are wet.
For cold days I’ll wear thermal leggings underneath my Endura women’s singletrack shorts which are slightly waterproof but are also quite nice and thick for winter.
On top, I usually wear a merino wool base layer over a bamboo tank top which covers my lower back and keeps my kidneys warm, and a Montane super lightweight windproof smock, a thermal buff round my neck and some Bontrager winter gloves.
Endura glasses to help stop the mud flying into my eyes are also quite helpful!
I’m still on the hunt for some colourful women’s winter gear to keep me happy on the trails, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Polly Clark is Total Women’s Cycling Yoga contributor. Polly is a yoga teacher and founder of Mountain Yoga Breaks who offer weekends combining mountain biking and yoga in the beautiful Welsh countryside.