Even if your skin is covered by clothing, it can still be affected by the sun. And because cyclists spend more time outside than most others, it's important to make sure your skin is protected from powerful UV rays at all times.
It's easy to get burnt on a ride without even noticing, and no one wants to end up with dodgy looking tan lines (ahem Chris Froome). So stay safe and cool in the summer sun with the best UV protection cycling clothing and accessories...
Louis Garneau Astoria 2 Jersey
The Louis Garneau Astoria 2 is a stylish jersey, perfect for warm weather riding. But why? Not only does the look of it scream summer, but it's very light on your skin and incredibly quick drying, with a half zip design allowing you to control your own ventilation.
Built with a nifty UPF 30 protection to protect you from the sun's rays, its clean but subtle design with lime green detailing would be a lovely little addition to your summer wardrobe. Available in white and pink, the UV protection cycling clothing also boasts some nifty reflective patches to keep you seen and, flat lock seams for added comfort.
Price: £47.00, available from Garneau.
Wear it around your neck, over your chin, your forehead or under your helmet. Whatever way you wear it, there's no doubt that you will be protected by the sun. Made from Coolmax Extreme fabric, known for its magical moisture wicking qualities, it has a hefty 93% UV protection.
Using no irritating seams that would create chaffing, the stretchy Eurs Buff is incredibly soft on your face, providing the ultimate shield from the weather. You will be spoiled for choice with the amount of funky colours and patterns you can get this in!
Price: £16.00, available from Buffwear.
Boure Women's El Blanco UPF-28 LS Jersey
A comfortable and extremely lightweight jersey to wear on cooler rides, Boure have created a great cover from the sun which will protect the entire top half of your body. Made from a lightweight Genesis fabric, the UV protection cycling clothing uses a full length zip and a micro-mesh construction which allows air to easily come in and out.
As well as being well ventilated, the fabric is super soft on your skin and has been built with a handy UPF 28 to shield the sun's UV rays. The only thing we are skeptical about is the colour, because no one can keep a white jersey completely clean...
Price: £57.00, available from Boure.
Velopac Cycling Cap
There's nothing worse than cycling with a hot sweaty face, but one of these cycling caps from Velopac should solve this in no time. Constructed from a cool fresh active fabric, which has the same feel as a performance cycling jersey, the cap is breathable and quick drying.
Built with UPF 25 to shield your head from the sun's powerful UV rays, it also features a nifty internal sweat band to keep any moisture from bothering you on your ride.
Price: £20.00, available from VeloPac.
Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves
Your arms are constantly out on show the summer when cycling in a short sleeved jersey but investing in something to cover them is something you won't regret.
The Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves are ideal in that they use a lightweight, comfortable material that feels cool on your skin, even in the hottest of climates. With high moisture-wicking abilities, they've built in UPF 50 protection, so they're will be no need to worry about odd tan lines on this ride.
Complete with silicone grippers to keep them put on your arms, they've also added some reflective logos for a little added visibility on the bike.
Price: £17.99 (RRP £19.99), available from CycleStore.
Pearl Izumi Drop Tail Bib Short
The Pearl Izumi Drop Tail Bib Shorts are the perfect thing to wear whilst cycling in the sun, having been made using an ELITE transfer fabric which reflects the sun's powerful rays from your skin. The fabric also works to cool itself down, reducing its own temperature to ensure you are kept cool on your ride.
The chamois on these bib shorts will also provide ultimate comfort on the bike, from its 3 layered 13mm padding and seamless design. Perfect for when you know you will be spending a time in the saddle, these are a great buy for sportives.
And going to the toilet won't be a problem with the bib shorts convenient drop tail design at the back!
Price: £79.99, available from Pearl Izumi.