Five things I wish I knew before my first winter of road riding

There's a special satisfaction to riding through the winter - but also plenty of challenges!

Female cyclist riding outside during the winter
(Image credit: Future)

Back when I experienced my first winter of road riding, a lot was very different. I was running narrow 23mm tires, I was yet to get my first bike computer (it would be a Garmin Edge 500 - an absolute classic), and the cycling kit I did have was neither breathable nor properly waterproof.

Fortunately, so much has improved in terms of the componentry, kit, and electronic accessories which are now available today - there is an awful lot I am so thankful for on every ride!

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg