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Brave the cold: Winter Racing
Jun 19th, 12. It may be colder and darker outside but that is no excuse to put your bike away in the garage and hibernate. There are a range of winter race series throughout the country to keep you motivated.
Winter riding gives you the chance to improve your bike handling skills and keep your fitness up to ensure you are in fine form for the spring season.
While you may not be able to last a long distance it is a good opportunity to upskill – get some extra bunch racing experience or refine your technique on the trainer.
If you are brave enough to venture outside make sure you are prepared – layer up, take lights, and extra coffee money!
The beauty of winter racing is that it is generally over shorter distances and graded events which make can make for a more pleasant experience.
The Prebbleton Winter Worlds is an iconic Canterbury bike race held in the cold heart of winter. The series which has been running since May 20th and goes through until 29th July is a graded race on a 45km out and back circuit in Prebbleton, Christchurch.
Up North there are winter fun rides in the Waikato. For three consecutive weekends in August (12th, 19th and 26th) there are three different courses throughout the Waikato, with two different distances giving you something to aim for in your winter training.
These are just two examples of warming winter race series throughout the country. If you are up for the challenge, check out your local cycling club's website to see what winter racing delights they have on offer in your area.
Try your hand at cyclocross
Another way to embrave the cold, wet and mud is to revel in it, and what better way to do that than through cyclocross.
The Specialized National Cyclocross Series kicked off last weekend in Wellington, and consists of six rounds across the country over the next three months.
Research more about the sport, find some suitable tyres and get out there and have some fun!
If the cold is a little too daunting, get your trainer set up in front of the TV ready for the Tour de France!
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