Eight ways to improve your cycling ready for the spring

The winter months aren’t very conducive to maintaining a solid level of fitness and keeping in shape. Come spring, many of us clamber back on the bike feeling despondent and bulging around the midriff. Not this year! For once, let’s get off to a flyer — and begin spring as we mean to go on

Spring is well and truly on its way, and with the first hint of warmth in the air, it’s time to get ready and raring to go. It will soon be time to kick the turbo to the back of the shed, rip off our leg-warmers to reveal pallid, pale skin and head out the door for the first long ride of the year that neither starts nor finishes in the dark.

>>> Cycling training plan for spring speed

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips