Last weekend Michelle, Steve, Ryan and I drove up to Iowa City, IA for the 2013 UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross. The 10th edition of the cyclocross race weekend did not disappoint with three days of racing and tons of competitors from all across the nation.
Packing up for race weekends has become somewhat of an art form.
It’s that time of year again. The leaves have moved from vibrant reds and oranges to brown, now covering most trails. It always takes me a couple of rides to get used to the cooler temperatures, but I eventually get my layering system dialed. Having the proper clothing and equipment in the Winter is key in Missouri, and it makes riding throughout the year much more bearable.
What you wear completely depends on what you’re doing. Are you commuting to work, going on a training ride, just going for a leisurely ride on the trail, or maybe even racing? Many of the different items you can buy can be used for most of these things, so you don’t need to buy four different types of jackets. Figure out what you’ll be using each piece for to help make the best decision.
Before we move on it’s important to note that everyone is a little different, so figure out what works for you and stick with it.
There are two main items needed for commuting: a jacket and a good pair of gloves. Sure, it’s probably a good idea to have a warm hat on underneath your helmet and maybe some waterproof pants on the rainier days, but keeping your core and hands warm should be most people’s first priority. The jacket should be windproof or at least resistant and maybe even have some insulating properties. By no means does your jacket need to be cycling specific, though they usually have some nice features. A Patagonia or North Face rain jacket would do a good job as an outer layer as well. Layering underneath is a good idea; we’ll touch on that later.