Spice Up Winter Training: Ride Outside

Getting outside on the road in the winter can be a refreshing break from basement workouts and indoor cycling classes. While there are many virtues of indoor training, cycling was meant for the open road. And, you’ll burn more calories in the cold weather, improve your handling skills on sloppy roads, and gain some bragging rights.

If you’re interested to try some outdoor winter riding but not ready to go it alone, find a group to ride. Many groups shut down for the winter, but there are several groups that ride all year round.

The Charles River Wheelmen (CRW) are have a busy calendar of rides planned for January. Yesterday offered the traditional New Year’s Day ride in downtown Boston. Each Sunday has rides in a variety of locales across the state – Concord, Wellesley, Brookline, Quincy, and Natick.

Dress warm. Dress in layers. Get some booties, long-finger gloves, and a skull cap. Then, get out on the road.

Photo Credit: k.steudel

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