When is it too hot to race?

Reaction to heat is individual - but there are some steps we can all take to keep ourselves hydrated

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Most cyclists like a bit of sun to top up the tan lines, but right now riders at the Tour de France are ploughing through temperatures in excess of 40ºc -and UK cyclists have up to 35ºc to contend with.

Earlier this year, stages of the Tour Down Under were slashed as riders battled extreme heat. But is there a defining temperature when it's just too hot to race?

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.