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220’s Winter Training Advent Calendar (Part 6)

Six days into December (which means only 19 left until Christmas), and the Winter Training Advent Calendar is really getting into its stride. Today has some advice on both winter racing and bike cleaning, which really should go hand in hand...

36 Cyclo-Cross Racing

Usually based on a grassy lop of about one miles, you race on a cross bike (like a road bike with knobbly tyres) for an hour. A very intensive workout, they often include some running with the bike on your shoulder.

37 Off-Road Duathlons

Run/bike/run with a lot of mud and a mountain bike rather than a road or TT bike. Fantastic for keeping your legs used to bike/run transitions over the winter.

38 Coastal Marathons/Half Marathons

Great for building up mileage and endurance as well as leg strength, with much less injury risk than pure road running. Beautiful scenery is a bonus, as is the camaraderie of running with other athletes.

39 Cross-Country Running

Lay those school PE lesson nightmares to rest and get your spikes on to compete in some cross-country races. Usually quite short and very fast, they’ll keep your top-end speed intact and competitive streak alive through the darker months.

40 Keep On Top Of Bike Cleaning

Road salt, water and grime will corrode your pride ad joy (especially with these off-road races) if you don’t give it frequent washes and a bit of lube during the winter.

41 Carry More Than One Inner Tube

Wet, gravelly roads = more punctures, and cleated cycling shoes aren’t designed for walking in.

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.