How To Stay Warm On A Cyclocross Ride In Winter | Cycling Training Advice

– Here in New England where I call home, before the snow and the cold weather comes it gets rainy and snowy. And you’re probably saying to
me, Powers that’s exactly why I own an indoor trainer. However, I love an adventure. So I’m going to show
you guys some tips today about how to get out the door when it’s cold and nasty, brrr. (upbeat music) okay so let’s go through what I’m wearing. First off, I’ve got the
helmet on with no vents. Either an aero helmet or
a winter version is great. The more vents you have,
imagine that more water and cold can go in. You want to make sure that you have a good healthy underlayer. You want to make sure that
you have a lot of neoprene. Cotton and other materials
that aren’t waterproof and don’t hold heat in
under wet conditions are not going to be good for
what I’m talking about here. Then you want to make sure
you have a really quick way to be able to change a flat in the event that you were to unfortunately
get a flat in cold weather. You want to make sure that
you’ve got a CO2, a tire lever, a quick inflater, and a good multi-tool. (upbeat music) okay so now that we
are inside, we’re warm, we’ve got our clothes on. We’ve got our neoprene shoe covers. We’ve go tour thermal bib tights. We’ve got a good, warm undershirt. We’ve got another jersey,
another jacket, neoprene gloves, head wear, everything to
keep the core and the body as warm as absolutely possible
against the conditions. Now it’s time to get into
a good, positive mindset. (upbeat music) And start warming up, you got to do stuff, you got to get ready, you
got to get a little bit of heat and sweat going on
when we’re in the house. (upbeat music) I have a gym, I have all
kinds of stuff that I can use to be able to do these exercises. But I’m showing you guys that
with, even without anything, you can do these planks,
pushups, all this stuff to be able to get yourself warmed up. Get in like a nice,
small, little core session with all your clothes on so
that when you head outside you got a nice little sweat
going and you’re not trying to get your body temperature
up when you’re already freezing from being out in the elements. One thing that is essential
when it’s super cold and nasty out, stay close to the house. You don’t want to be out
in the middle of nowhere, cold, having to call
somebody to come pick you up. Not a good look. Stay close to the house,
10, 15 minutes away. Ideal scenario for when it’s bad out. (upbeat music) okay so I’ve warmed up in the house. It was my 10 minutes of calisthenics. Now I’m over at the trail head. It’s very close to my house,
less than 10 minutes ride through the woods to keep
me out of the elements. If you don’t have trails or
anything that will keep you out of the nasty stuff
on the road right away, drive over to your local
trail head, turn the heat up in your car, get real warmed
up, do some jumping jacks under something covered and
then straight onto the trails. Do something very targeted fast. You don’t want to be
sitting around doing stuff. You want to make sure
that you’re out there with a very clear plan
of action so that you’re not sitting around. (upbeat music) Okay one thing that’s very
important is do not stop. Once you get out to the
track, you’ve warmed up all that stuff, do not stop riding. Because the second you
stop riding is the moment that you get cold. Your body temperature starts to go down, your sweat starts to
actually become on your body and evaporating and getting really cold. You do not want to stop. One of the ways that
riders used to stay warm back in the day is getting off the bike and running with it. It helps keep the feet
warm and it also slows down the wind from coming through you, keeping your body temperature cold. So if you can build in a
way at your local course to be able to get off
the bike and run with it, it will put blood in your feet
and it will keep you warmer. (upbeat music) One of the things that I’ve
been talking about a lot is not getting cold by stopping. But what if you get a
mechanical or flat tire. Truthfully, my best advice,
if you can’t fix it real quick with a quick inflate or
a CO2, get the bike up on your shoulder and start
running back to warmth. That will keep you warm,
get in a good workout, hopefully save your day. Your fingers, hands, feet,
the extremities of your body are the first thing to
go when the weather turns and it’s nasty out here. When you’re doing these laps
going as hard as you can, once that cold starts
to creep into your bones and even though you’re
going as hard as you can and you’re still getting
cold, that’s when it’s time to wrap it up and head back to shelter, your car, your house, canopy. Whatever it is, it’s time
to wrap it up and head back. So that’s what I have
for you guys to be able to stay warm when the weathers turns and starts to get nasty, you don’t want to be on your trainer yet, use these tips. But be safe, be smart. Remember a perfect execution of this plan is to actually never get cold. You leave the house warm, you
get out to your local track, you get warmed up, you
do some targeted efforts, you’re warm the entire time. As soon as you start to
feel cold, you head back. You never actually get cold. You have to have the intuition to know when it’s time to pull
the plug and head back. If you like this video,
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Yvette Parker


  1. I still looking for nice jacket with good ventilation. No matter how cold I''m my upper back quickly get soggy. I want ride more during winter (we have similar weather to yours) but I don't wan get sick 🙁

  2. I would add, if you’re going for hills, try not to sweat too much during the climb, and keep in mind that descent can be freezing

  3. For me the weather is considered good if the celsius is greater then -5.
    Just protect your knees!

  4. On christmas Eve I had a mechanical and had to be picked up. I was waiting an hour outside in the cold for a lift.

  5. When it's November, December, January I just do loops around my house there 20km loops

  6. You just need good health. And layer up smartly. I never do warm up indoor. It's little cold at first when go out, but you get warm when start riding. Actually my concern is that, when it's about 20C indoor and below freezing outdoor. It takes time to get dressed and all. And then, before I can get out, I already get sweaty, because it's too hot with all those clothes.. And then because these clothes are quick drying it really feels cold as soon I step outside into wind.

    Sometime fingers start tingling and get even painful from cold.. Sometime even the strength may leave from hands.. If fingers start hurt I need to get blood flowing again.. I squeeze hand into fist, hold and release, I repeat that some few times then it gets usually better after whiile. I'm not sure why it happens. It could be that core temp gets low and then the blood supply to arms get cut.. that's when strenght leaves from hands, u might feel that it takes more effort to upshift… On a commuting bike that has mtb sifters I one time had to use both hands to change to big ring,, there was not enough strength in right thumb.
    But the tingling and pain in fingers could be too much of weight on hands too I think, then also blood circuit to fingers probably might get bad, or it could be just that the gloves get damp from blowing noose all the time.. Or too thin gloves, or wrong fabric of cloves/hands sweating so much.. Or cloves have too dight fit. A long ago I bought a cycling dedicated cloves, I thought they are sure good, because wind stopper and all. It turned out that it was worst used money I had ever done. The size was otherwise ok, but when squeezed around handlebar, the finger tips were touching firmly. The fabric was not breathable. They got tamp after just half hour from sweat. Now if it's above zero I just get cheap knitted cloves from supermarket and wear them as liner under fingerless cycling cloves. Just need to have big enough cycling cloves that can have them underneath. Knitted cloves alone don't have good grip on handlebar. It work even if it's little below zero.. if it's too much below, then still knitted street cloves but double layer.. and might wear something different above with full fingers..

  7. Very American in the way he totally ignored public transport. Some people don't have all the routes so close to their home but if your training within walking distance of a train station then if you get any serious mechanical you won't need to phone a friend.

    Also put a plastic cover over your helmet.

  8. Are helmets with no vents marketed as winter helmets or something else? I need to keep my head warmer outside of summer and have no idea which helmets will meet the requirements.

  9. JPow where are you riding in New England, went out before Christmas and I “ice skated” more than rode my bike!

  10. I won't use a car in order to go cycling. I am not using cars whatsoever. (Every few years I drive a van when a friend is moving house, otherwise cars are unnecessary pollution).

  11. @1:33 you also need some Oakley flight deck goggles! With a face mask….then your styling 🤙🏻🤜🏻🚴🏻‍♂️

  12. Stay warm? I’m usually so maxed-out that trying to breathe is my main concern. Keeping warm really isn’t a problem then!!

  13. MA weather hasn't been fun this year… very wet. Fall river hasn't been kind. Got sick since beginning of DEC… great tips!

  14. I noticed that Jeremy has his water bottle on his seat tube as opposed to his down tube, I've seen other people do that as well. Are there any benefits to that or is it just simply preference?

  15. This guy is a jar of energy and positivity, and he can act! If holleywood ever does a cycling movie, he's the man for the job!

  16. If you gonna do a warm up before a ride don't do any stretches because it's been proven to negatively impact the performance.

  17. I think I'd pay money to see Ollie doing some of those warm up moves.
    Perhaps explaining each routine in his best German accent before demonstrating.

  18. From Wikipedia, "Jeremy Powers (born June 29, 1983 in Niantic, Connecticut) is an American professional racing cyclist who has won over 90 UCI victories, four USA Cyclocross national championships, the 2015 Pan American Championship and the most cyclocross races won by an American male."
    Yet, cannot do a jumping jack/star jump (it's usually feet out, arms up; feet in, arms down)

  19. 1. Can we get a bike cave review with JPow?
    2. Chemical toe warmers are critical for New England winter rides!
    3. Warm water in the bottles.

  20. Some good tips even though I prefer winter shoes to running with overshoes.
    What strikes me is that pro CX riders ride in artrocious conditions all season long but rarely miss a race due to illness. Adding to this video about staying warm during the ride, I'd be interested in a video by Jeremy about how to stay healthy during a CX season or while riding/training through the winter in general.

  21. I put that much clothing on and I look like the Michelin man…. J dog looks like he's still in summer only clothing.

  22. The seat somehow hits my helmet often during shouldering. And you shoulder it so easily with plenty of space. Guess I need to practice more 😧

  23. Does show how much heat we produce, after a turbo or treadmill session my garage is around 10c when I start and 3-4c warmer when I'm done

  24. Looks like you're using the fizik Argo saddle. How do you like it. What's the video of Opie showing it off?

  25. I've just rode back from Monaco through Laghet. 3 degrees minimum. Bald, helmet full of holes, no skull cap, no scarf, the secret is just crank it until you are too hot. Crank it! Even if you brake a little bit from time to time so you are obligated to CRANK IT. p.s. crank it.

  26. What shoe covers would you suggest Jeremy. My feet are always freezing in eastern Mass.

  27. Finally, a winter riding video presented by someone who actually lives where there is a real winter.

  28. Nice backyard trails! I can't do pushups anymore, too many old bike injuries. 🤘🙁

  29. You guys need a video of riding a fatty in – 10 C in Vermont or Quebec. Some really nice trails.

    Sweat is your worse enemy in sub zero temperatures, as soon as you start feeling slightly damp, unzip a layer.

  30. 1:30 don't adjust your you tube people we go retro warm up via Jpows.

  31. Good stuff. Feel like an idiot that I've been suffering/freezing through the first 20 min of my winter rides in Minnesota and never thought to do 90s calisthenics. Good ideas. It helped today.

  32. Yup cotton loves water/moisture so if you wear it and sweat on it, it will get wet and stay wet- this is why wool is your friend and other high tech fabrics that wick and dry fast. Wool, up until recently, was recommended to be put back on after people fell into lakes to help with hypothermia- likely the advice was dropped after a lot of modern sweaters are acrylic or other man made materials that don’t keep you wear when wet.

  33. Abolute number one thing missed! Something that covers the neck and lower face area!!! 🙂

  34. Wow that is some bike collection. Would be fun to see a video on the development of cross bikes during JP's career

  35. Another great vid Jeremy. I find that a good quality tech wool base layer makes all the difference in the soggy Pacific rain forest climate around Vancouver, BC.

  36. Sounds like you are preparing to leave a space station to walk a hazardous planet. On earth that is not really adventurous. Get out and try some freezing, it's way more entertaining and you will learn that your body actually needs none of the recommended.

  37. I live in N.E. would have been smart to state some data and relate it to specific gear combinations. "You wanna make sure you are warm …" is not dat. Name some temps and wind speeds, show some gear appropriate for each temp etc., (every 7-8 degrees changes your outfit). I do this for hiking or running and can put on the right gear from many choices by checking the numbers. Your whole presentation is just a pep talk.

  38. This is good advice for roadies as well, especially in the event of something like a flat tyre

  39. Check out the much better video posted by Dylan Johnson recently if you want a science based discussion on riding in the cold.

  40. I have my turbo trainer setup and ready for me at home. I do higher intensity lowish duration outside, and when the fingers and toes and the nose freeze, I continue with the endurance miles at home. It is the "endurance miles" season now anyway.

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