Remembering Our Favorite Stories From 20 Years Ago
Rule 1: The Best Defense
We can’t stress enough the importance of fluid intake. The majority of heat-related issues could be solved with an extra glass of water. Water is the key to your body’s cooling system; without it, your body will shut down. While everybody is different, most experts agree that at least 4 ounces of fluid per 15 minutes of exertion is about the right ratio.
Rule 2: Keep Your Own Hours
Whenever possible, ride in the early morning hours or at night. The sun is hottest in the late afternoon thanks to what’s called “temperature lag.” This is the scientific name for the heating effect that’s caused by the sun warming the earth, and then the heat radiating off the ground later in the day. If possible, avoid riding in the late afternoon at all costs. Instead, plan your rides for the early-morning hours when the temperatures are coolest.
Rule 3: Design Your Ride Accordingly
It may seem obvious, but we advise riders to avoid hot and dusty fire roads and opt for covered singletrack instead, especially if you can find a covered trail with some stream crossings to cool you off mid ride.
Rule 4: Dress for Success
The key to dressing for summer is to wear a single layer of breathable, wicking fabric. Cotton T-shirts are about the worst thing you can wear on a summer ride, since they trap moisture against your skin and prevent it from evaporating and cooling you off. Once you have your kit picked out, don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen and go hit the trails.
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