How To

Five winter night riding tips

Tips for training under cover of darkness

Know your route

Well known roads, the type you’ve ridden countless times on previous rides, take on a new dimension at night. Potholes jump out of the shadows, the road ahead of you is illuminated by a small pool of light and your sense of speed becomes increased. Nocturnal wildlife rustles at the roadside and deep, dark shadows twitch under the moonlight – it’s an eery but exhilarating experience which can be disorientating.

Stick to roads you know well

A night ride isn’t the time to start exploring. Stick to local roads, so you can turn home earlier than expected if you suffer a mechanical or the weather turns, and choose a favourite loop that you know well.

Take it steady. A good front light will provide ample illumination to ride at your regular pace but ride within your limits, particularly on descents and most importantly, enjoy the solitude. You will reap the rewards of extra miles come spring.

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