It may be getting a little nippy out there, and the sun appears to be setting earlier each day, but that doesn't mean you have to hang up the pedals and hibernate for the winter. Altura's new Winter road collection will keep you pedalling throughout.

I met up with Altura at the NEC Cycle Show last weekend, and I was blown away by the strong army of women working tirelessly behind the scenes. Not only do they design, market and deliver the products to our stores, but every Tuesday these women are out riding and testing kit to ensure exceeds expectations.

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The British brand has been putting a lot of thought and research into body temperature regulation. If your body overheats when cycling, it has to work a lot harder to regulate temperature through sweating. If you can't get your core temperature regulated, it can lead to dehydration and muscular fatigue. Conversely, if your body gets too cold, the muscles need to work harder to stay warm and rapidly become exhausted. So how can you regulate your body temperature correctly?

Well Altura may have the answer with their performance layering system. This comprises of durable garments which are light in weight and designed to be layered upon. This versatile system allows you to double up, or remove layers whilst on the bike, without the bulky weight.

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For the women, Altura have released a number of items to keep you warm, but allow maximum breathability also.

  • Synchro Progel Bibtights: High density progel with ultra warm thermo fleecing, these bibtights will keep you warm and comfortable. Available here for £70, in sizes UK8 - UK18.

  • Synchro Long Sleeve Jersey: A thermal jersey with a tailored fit, and ample storage pockets. Available here for £55, in sizes UK8 - UK18.
  • Synchro Waterproof Jacket: Lightweight and packable, this outer layer is an essential for those unpredictable days in the saddle. Available here for £80, in sizes UK8 - UK18.

For more information on any of these products, and to view the entire Altura collection, head over to their website here.

So, keep warm, and keep pedalling this winter!

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