With the weather expected to be in the mid 20’s on Sunday, you’ll need to take extra special care to prevent over-heating and the risk of dehydration.
As lovely and beautiful as it is cycling out in the sunshine on a hot sunny day, it would be good advise to follow these simple tips.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
With the increase in temperatures, you will be sweating far more as your body tries to cool itself down. With this in mind, you will be loosing far more fluids than normal. Drink small amounts frequently to make sure you are taking on enough fluid and make sure you have plenty of fluid with you, you can top up your water bottles at all of our pit stops along the way.
The worst thing you can do is only drink when you feel thirsty, you need to keep your fluid levels topped up frequently to prevent the thirst and keep yourself hydrated.
It might also be a good idea to take a sports drink supplement with you, ones with electrolytes etc are great to replace those lost by sweating to help keep energy levels up.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
As it will be hot, you’ll want to be wearing lightweight clothing with high wicking properties to aid the removal and evaporation of sweat from your skin so to keep comfortable. Having a zipped jersey will also help you be able to regulate your temperature.
Fingerless mitts will help prevent soreness in the palms when they become sweaty gripping the handlebars.
A chamois cream administered to your delicate parts will help to stay comfortable in the saddle as sweat can quickly cause uncomfortable soreness.
Wear sunglasses with 100% UV filtering to prevent damage to your eyes as well as stopping dust, bugs and flies getting in their and making your cycle uncomfortable.
Keep An Eye On The Road Surface
Hot weather can cause the tarmac to melt, creating slippery or sticky patches with the tar sticking to your tyres, attracting grit and dirt. Avoid them if it’s safe to do so.
Please make sure that you are protecting your skin from the sun on the long day out in the saddle. Make sure all of your exposed areas are covered, paying particular attention to the upper front of your legs above the knee, calves and the back of your neck.
Enjoy The Day
Stay hydrated, comfortable, safe on the roads and protected from the sun, finish off with an ice cream to keep you cool at the end and we’re sure you’ll have an amazing day.
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