Whoosh! Gust after gust hit me today in some of the windiest conditions I've ever ridden in.
The high winds had been up overnight and looking out this morning on bins all over the road, I knew it would be tough out today. Still, who ever said road cycling was going to be easy?
Spurred on by the fact that I'm going to be housebound for a couple of weeks following an op on Wednesday, race face grimace went on and off I went. Few things came to mind about riding in the wind today.
- Important to leave a reasonable distance between you and the kerb. At points today the gusts were so strong, they shifted me at least 1m to my left.
- Important to have gels etc with you. You work much harder in the wind, therefore the risk of bonking is quite high. So, remember to keep drinking and eating.
- Don't cross wheels. Whilst I was out on my own today, I did go on the back of a group just outside of Wilmslow. In a bunch, important to not overlap your wheels in case of a sudden gust which might bring the group down if your wheels touch.
- Be aware of buildings and junctions. If you're riding along protected by buildings, gaps in them can suddenly expose you to an unexpected gust, same with fences, hedges etc.
- Keep your hands on the bars as much as possible. Drink/eat when you're protected from the wind.