Coaching: Cycling’s most common winter training mistakes

Posted on: October 1st, 2017

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Even the most experienced riders make basic mistakes; some do it repeatedly and sabotage their racing or sportive season condition.


Most common winter training mistakes for cyclists


No matter how long we’ve been cycling and putting in a solid winter in anticipation of a strong spring and summer, we are all at risk of making basic mistakes.

Some riders promise themselves they’ve learnt the lessons of previous off seasons.

Yet time and time again we fall into the old traps; being too full-on about training at this time of year.

It’s important to resist the temptation to train too hard now. If you do, you’ll be physically exhausted and likely mentally frazzled just as everyone else is upping a gear in the New Year.

But too much enthusiasm and dedication at the wrong time of year is but one pitfall you must avoid right now and in the next few months.

The video below outlines the classic mistakes made by beginners and experienced cyclists alike. The issues covered include:

  • Not having a break at the end of the racing or sportive season.
  • Doing too much too soon into the winter.
  • Spreading your training rides between long and short ones.
  • Going too hard too soon.
  • Not setting clear and achievable goals.
  • Allowing yourself get cold before, during or after a training ride.
  • Neglecting your turbo trainer in the colder months.
  • Putting on too much weight.


Winter training mistakes for cyclists