Rapha's Guide to Winter Riding
If winter is the hardest time to ride, it’s also the most rewarding. Cold, crisp starts into low winter sun are worth getting out for, but challenging weather, short days and seasonal merriment can mean the bike is easily neglected. As the old adage goes, summer races are won in winter. Read our guide for tips and tricks to riding through the season, and learn what to wear and how to wear it.
The winter outfit
Clothing choices are critical in the cruelest weather. Here’s our recommended outfit for winter riding – from top to toe.
Eye-catching colours and reflective elements on our overshoes help you to be seen throughout the day, and protect your feet from the cold and wet.Shop Socks & Overshoes
Protect your eyes
Wet roads and low sun mean sight can suffer. Peaked winter hats shade your eyes and keep ears warm, while clear lenses protect your sight in harsh conditions.Shop Headwear
Layer upon layer
Make the most of performance fabrics by combining layers in the cold. Double up on base layers for insulation, and swap thermal bibs and leg warmers for warmer tights.Shop Base Layers
Prepared for anything
Check the forecast before you step out. In winter, it’s always worth carrying an additional lightweight layer like a wind jacket or a race cape. In a sudden squall, it pays to be prepared.Shop Jackets & Gilets
PRINCIPLES FOR RIDING IN WINTER
Winter can bring the worst of the weather, but that shouldn’t keep us from riding. The right kit will keep you warm and dry, and the miles ticking by. Read our guides to get the best from the worst.
A guide to staying dry
We expect the worst in winter, with wind and rain a possibility, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get out and enjoy riding. More layers mean your kit works harder when you do, keeping your core warm and dry.Read the guide
A guide to being seen
With short days, it’s inevitable we’ll be riding in low light. Visibility is crucial all day at this time of year. Stand out to other road users with reflective. All Rapha bib shorts feature reflective tabs on the thighs, and our jackets use reflective piping on the sleeves.Read the guide
A guide to staying warm
Layering your kit is key to temperature regulation. Build your outfit on top of a base layer, and add packable items that can be easily taken off or put back on as the temperature rises and falls.Read the guide
A guide to changing conditions
Highly versatile, lightweight and designed to keep your core warm and protected, a gilet is the perfect back-up kit should you get caught out, and takes up less space than a jersey pocket.Read the guide
Pro Team Softshell Jacket
Pro Team protection, using a highly technical fabric that's water resistant and breathable.
Pro Team Winter Tights With Pad
Warm and water repellent, these tights keep you comfortable even on your hardest rides.
Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.