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Rapha's Guide to Riding in Winter - Women's

If winter is the hardest time to ride, it’s also the most rewarding. Cold, crisp starts into low sun are worth getting out for, but challenging weather, short days and seasonal merriment can mean the bike is easily neglected. Here’s our comprehensive guide to keeping the pedals turning right through winter.

29 October 2020

SEASONAL SUGGESTIONS

PREPARE FOR THE CHILL

Layering is key to temperature management. Layer up for the coldest weather, then be prepared to stow garments like gilets and warmers if it warms up.

BE READY FOR FREEZING RAIN

Always carry a waterproof jacket or gilet that packs down into a jersey pocket, ready for the rain.

STAY BRIGHT IN LOW LIGHT

Winter rides are characterised by darkness, so wear reflective garments to help ensure you’re visible even in low light conditions.

Cycling Jerseys for Autumn

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

WATERPROOFING

Winter weather tends to be wet. To help you shrug off the storms, we offer a range of waterproof jackets, bib tights with a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating and protective accessories like weather-resistant overshoes.

INSULATION

As the temperature falls, staying wrapped up becomes more important. Pick from our range of pioneering insulated jackets and gilets to lock body heat in on cold days.

VISIBILITY

Visibility is crucial all day at this time of year. Pick from our broad range of products with reflective detailing to make sure you stand out.

WHAT TO WEAR

Each of our collections is designed for a different kind of riding. Whether you’re looking to build a base for spring racing form or ride through your first winter, browse the outfits below for technical garments that are tailored to the season’s conditions.

OUR FULL WINTER RANGE

To browse all of our collections together and compare side-by-side, take a look at our full winter range. From the miracle merino wool base layers to waterproof jackets that make the most of the latest fabric technologies, we’ve got every layer covered.

Cycling Jerseys for Winter

WINTER JERSEYS

Everything from lightweight race jerseys to heavyweight woolen winter jerseys.

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Cycling Jackets for Winter

PACKABLE LAYERS

Browse our range of lightweight, packable jackets and gilets.

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Cycling Shorts Cycling Bib Shorts for Winter

BEST OF BIBS

Browse our world-leading range, including thermal bibs for cooler rides.

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Cycling accessories for Winter arm warmers leg warmers

WINTER ACCESSORIES

Keep out the elements and plug the gaps in your outfit with our versatile range of accessories.

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