Pro cyclists could be wasting their time wearing ice vests while warming up, study suggests

A recent study explored methods of precooling in a demanding warm-up in trained male road cyclists

 Tadej Pogacar wearing a cooling vest filled with ice packs
(Image credit: Getty Images - ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT)

Despite being so widely used by such a number of pro cyclists, it seems that the gains of ice vests might be so marginal as not to register - a recent study in the Public Library of Science peer-reviewed journal has found that ice vests have “no effect on performance” in trained male road cyclists, compared to simply going without.

Female pro cyclist wearing a ice vest

(Image credit: Getty Images - Tim de Waele)

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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