Happy New Year!

2018 is here and Summit Bike Club is gearing up for another exciting year of riding and racing around the world!

With racing around the corner, some of our riders share some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your winter training.  Check out how they manage to stay fit during their respective winters around the country.

First off is Rachel Anders with a story that exemplifies that continuously adapting to winter training may be one of the most valuable skills in year round training.

My winter ride last week was pretty disastrous. An afternoon storm was scheduled to arrive last Wednesday, but that didn’t stop me from heading out at 1pm. The sun was up, it was a toasty 44℉, and I thought I’d be fine. The temperature dropped around 3pm and I felt the first snowflakes, so I hightailed it back home, six miles of trail away. The next forty minutes I was pretty miserable. Here’s why:

  • No glasses. I was practically blind with the wind and snow pelting me in the face. Glasses or goggles are a must!
  • One measly pair of gloves. I had to resort to four-finger braking. In the future, just doubling up on bike gloves helps a lot. I’ve also used gardening gloves or thin ski gloves on rides.
  • Poor layers. I had on knee warmers and only a single jacket, which both got soaked as I rode home. Multiple layers are essential: you can always shed layers as you go, and you’ll be glad you have them on cold descents.
  • Poor planning. I wasn’t smart going out so late in the afternoon when I knew a storm was rolling in. Check the weather forecast before you go, no matter how clear the sky looks beforehand.


Maybe I lacked common sense that Wednesday. Maybe I was too accustomed to 60 degree winters at school in California. Either way, learn from my mistakes and have more enjoyable rides this winter!


-Rachel Anders