Seven benefits of riding outdoors - which you’ll miss out on if you train inside all winter

As with most things in life, there is a balance to be struck…

Image shows a rider wearing some of the best winter cycling clothing.
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As the winter weather settles in to stay, many of us will be considering whether we should be spending more of our time on the turbo. It’s cosier for a start, you don’t need to worry about when the sun sets and there’s no need to clean your bike afterwards.

Are there any reasons why we should instead be staying out on the roads? The short answer is: yes, there’s more than several reasons why you might be better off embracing the elements and heading outside. The long answer? Well, all that is just below…

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.