Winter is Coming


My interest in winter cycling started a number of years ago when I decided that indoor training was extremely boring for me.  While I realize the benefits of this indoor activity, I realized that I needed another winter activity to keep me busy.  Plus I felt that I wasn’t racing  so I didn’t need any specific training; I just wanted to ride my bike(s).  So…why not ride in winter?

It started innocently enough.  There was a group of us that started riding rail trail and gravel roads in the fall.  Temperatures got colder and colder and eventually the snow started falling but there we were… still riding.  I soon expanded my inventory of winter cycling clothing, but we kept at it that winter, only missing a couple of these weekend rides when it got really cold in February.  After a couple of winters, the Waterloo Cycling Club offered to make our rides official club rides.  This made sense because it allowed us to invite more club members and introduce them to gravel grinders and fall/winter/spring riding.

Two winters ago I guest blogged about winter cycling on MichelleTheRunner’s page here. You can read that post for some tips on how to dress and prepare for winter riding.  Since then, I’ve acquired a fat bike to give me more options for outdoor cycling in winter.  I’m not a huge fan of the cold, but riding in winter certainly makes it more enjoyable.  I’m waiting for a long, cold snap in January or February when temperatures are cold enough to freeze the Grand River and other rivers in the area so I can ride along them (Imagine the Strava segments along the centre of a river!).

Here’s a summary of my tips:

There’s also a forest and marsh near where I live in KW.  There’s a whole network of trails that I explored with my snowshoes last winter and I’m eager to get out there on my fat bike (there wasn’t enough snow last year, and the marsh didn’t freeze).  Any takers?

Gravel Grinding with the WCC – yes, that’s a snow bank behind us!

It’s snowing!

Riding The Hydrocut at -23C!