Rapha's Guide to Summer Riding

Finally, all your hard work and commitment on the bike pays off. Long days of sun stretch out, made for riding, racing and exploring with friends. Still, summer brings its own set of challenges to the committed cyclist. Follow our guide of tips and tricks to stay comfortable on the road as the heat rises.

Principles For Riding In Summer

We all love the sun, but riding year-round means being prepared for anything. Read our guides to get the most of your time on the bike.

Riding Tips

Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.

For rides on very hot days, freeze a bidon overnight. It’ll melt as you ride, keeping the contents cool, and nothing feels quite like a cold bottle on your neck during a hot ride.
Keep a lightweight layer handy if you’re riding high or out for a long time. A windproof will stop the cold on descents, and protect you in sudden squalls.
Wear sunscreen. Some of your kit will protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but always remember to cover up exposed areas.
Protect your eyes, especially in summer when the sun’s harmful rays are strongest. Lightweight caps and sunglasses will help you see to this.