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Winter Training v Riding in Australia(10 posts)

Winter Training v Riding in AustraliaJD88
Nov 20, 2002 4:12 PM
I've been reading quite a few posts that mention winter training and I have to say I admire all you guys that get out there in the cold weather to train or just for the love of it. Here in Aus I have the privilege of year round riding with no extreme levels of discomfort. What sort of gear are you guys wearing to stay warm without having to wear bulky jackets etc? I think if I was living in some of those colder states in the US it would be totally indoor roller training for me! Yes I'm a wus but hey it never gets much below 25c(77f)here.
we do live in the lucky country!Iwannapodiumgirl
Nov 20, 2002 4:26 PM
Hey JD88,

Where are you from? I'm from Sydney, and thankfully, love hills!

By the way, what is cold weather gear?!?!
we do live in the lucky country!JD88
Nov 20, 2002 4:54 PM
Hi,

I'm from Brissy, plenty of hills here as well but also a good mix of flats. Have you ever ridden up this way before?
On the coldest mornings in winter here I may put on a windbreaker and thats about it! lol!
re: Winter Training v Riding in Australiacp123
Nov 20, 2002 9:37 PM
No winter??? Try coming to Canberra. Our winters often get down to -6 or -7 degrees and up to about +4 or 5. Brrrr! In the depths of winters the clothes include long thermals top and bottom, jersey, arms, winter jersey, wind jacket, balaclava, full tights, super duper warm socks, shoes and booties. Even then the feet still freeze. Nothing else is cold for me, just my feet.

A lot of people give it up over winter here and I certainly get slacker, but if you can stick it out even a few days a week I reckon we've got the advantage of the riders who come out of hibernation in October.

But now its lovely riding weather here. We're not into the +37's yet..... But wait till January.
re: Winter Training v Riding in Australiacp123
Nov 20, 2002 9:44 PM
PS... JD

Me and some mates recently did the Qld Bundaberg to Brisbane ride which was great fun. We were the ones with the fluorescent irredescent white legs that had been under cover for months. While others on the ride had arms and jumpers on, we were basking nicely in just knicks and jersey. We even got a tan line!!! Bet we would have been the only people back in Canberra with brown legs in September. But we got back into the warm stuff the day we got home.
How would you like to visit the frigid plains of Kansasj-son
Nov 20, 2002 9:39 PM
Kansas, my home state, is known for fantastic year round weather. During the summer, we enjoy blistering saharan like heat waves with high temps regularly into triple digits with high humidity. Simply delightful!

And the winters? Well, the winters are equally pleasent with temps topping out in the single digits. Add in wind chill, and it feels like a balmy minus 20. I haven't even mentioned the ice, which at times coats everything in sight and is far worse than the snow.

Year round riding ... only if you are truly hard core. Does anyone remember when cross nationals came to Kansas City in 2000? Talk about a sado-masochistic suffer fest.

I wonder if the Sydney PD is hiring?

Regards my Aussie brothers,

Jason
Up here in CanadaPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 20, 2002 10:13 PM
In Canada we ride year round. Or try to. We have road bikes with ice studs on them. Then we wear snow pants and big poofy down jackets to stay warm with a skarf and toooook... the ones with the pom pom. You should see how cool the pom pom and skarf look waving in the wind. The longer your toque pom pom and skarf the cooler you are. Just sucks when its -40 and your skarf gets sucked up in your rear wheel and you bust it 100 km from home. Its a long walk home to the igloo.

Just kidding! Our riding season here in Calgary, Alberta is to about October... although it was 16 C today which is very odd but we've already had 2 dumps of snow. We'll be able to get going again in about April. Other parts of Canada like Victoria and Vancouver on the West Coast you can ride year round because the average temperature hovers just above 0 at the coldest. But it also rains so you have to wear a lot of layers plus a waterproof outerlayer.

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Took/Toque = Beaniewillem72
Nov 21, 2002 2:02 PM
In Australia helmets are compulsory, and in Canberra on early winter mornings balaclavas or ear-warmers are also compulsory. It's amazing how warm +2 feels after a week of -4. Sometimes the fog freezes onto my glasses. But often the coldest winter mornings herald lovely still, sunny and nearly windless days. Gotta love that daylite savings this time of the year. Good luck to the all the riders in the northern winter.

W72
re: Winter Training v Riding in AustraliaNoam
Nov 21, 2002 12:58 AM
Did the Swan River Winearies Tourist Drive than down to Fremantle and back home aprox 100k love it.

Love Western Australia
I feel for you guyspmf1
Nov 21, 2002 6:40 AM
Not knowing the joys of donning tights, balaclavas, jackets, gloves and booties and getting out the in below freezing weather. Its nothing short of exhilerating. I love it when the days get short and the temp dips. My favorite time of the year. Can't wait to strap my light system on. Only 5 more months until warm weather. It never lasts long enough.

OK, I'm lying. It sucks, but the alternative is not riding at all. I live in a moderate area (DC) and can bike almost if not all year round. I once had a trainer, but got rid of it. Ever used one? Riding in the cold is better.

As far as really cold places -- I used to live in one (Minnesota). Riding is not an all year round sport there. But there are other things, like cross country skiing or skating that are just as fun.

Wherever you are, you make the most of it. Even Australia.