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Rapha's Guide to Hot Weather Riding - Men's

Rapha's Guide to Hot Weather Riding - Men's

Long days and easy miles, warm weather and broad smiles, riding your bike is a pure pleasure in the summer months. To help you make the most of the best season for cycling, we put together a hot weather riding guide – complete with hints and tips from the pros on staying cool.

Lightweight & Bright

Build from the Base

Shield Your Eyes

Stay Hydrated

Lightweight & Bright

Build from the Base

Shield Your Eyes

Stay Hydrated

Don't forget these details...

Breathability

Always opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics to promote airflow, and stay away from heat-absorbing dark colours where possible.

Sweat wicking

A base layer can move moisture away from your body faster, helping you stay cool in all but the hottest conditions.

Preparation

With hot weather rides often starting early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day, it’s important to prepare ahead of time including pre-hydrating the night before with electrolytes and extra water consumption.

Heat management & hydration

Critical for everything from performance to temperature regulation, proper hydration is perhaps the most important principle in your fight to stay cool. Carrying an extra bidon with ice will help you stay fresh and mean you have spare water to dump over your head.

Lightweight & Bright

From the superlight Explore Technical T-shirt to our race-ready Pro Team Lightweight Jerseys, all of our summer jerseys and t-shirts are made with lightweight, breathable fabrics that wick sweat away from the skin to regulate body temperature when the heat is on.

“For extreme heat, the Pro Team Lightweight Jersey makes a huge difference. You can definitely feel the air moving through it better than any other jersey.” - KEEGAN SWENSON, MTB & GRAVEL PRO

Lightweight & Bright

Lightweight Tops

Men's Pro Team Lightweight Jersey

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Men's Core Lightweight Jersey

A lightweight and breathable jersey essential for daily riding in warm-weather

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Men's Explore Zip Neck Technical T-shirt

A versatile t-shirt for any outdoor adventure in hot conditions made from lightweight, air-permeable fabric for excellent wicking and breathability, plus a permanent zinc antibacterial treatment for freshness.

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Build from the Base

The argument still rages on whether a base layer can keep you cool, but on all but the hottest of days, we recommend wearing one. For a streamlined fit, go sleeveless. For more coverage, opt for a short-sleeved base layer and pair with arm screens for extra coverage.

“A base layer is my key to a successful day riding in the heat and humidity of Thailand. By wicking sweat away from my body, it keeps me cool all day long.” - MUZCALI, RAPHA AMBASSADOR

Build from the Base

Summer Base Layer

Pro Team Base Layer - Short Sleeve

Lightweight and breathable, wicking sweat away from the body to aid temperature regulation.

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Merino Mesh Base Layer - Sleeveless

Exceptional breathability and moisture transfer for riding and racing year round.

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Pro Team Arm Screens

Lightweight arm screens designed to protect your arms during sunny rides, or to keep the chill off on descents in the summer.

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Shield Your Eyes

Bright sun casts deep shadows. The contrast-enhancing lens technology in our range of eyewear adapts rapidly to changes in light conditions, allowing you to ride with confidence through bright sunlight to dark mountain tunnels and everything in between.

"Heat reduction is the name of the game, when I'm riding I try to leave before the peak heat of the day, I drink an extra bottle of water and everything I drink has more salt/electrolytes. When I'm racing I pre-hydrate the night before like a crazy person, salt, electrolytes and plan for extra water consumption." - SARAH STURM, MTB & GRAVEL PRO

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Eyewear

Pro Team Full Frame Glasses

A secure pair of cycling glasses for complete protection and clear vision while training and racing.

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Explore Sunglasses

A durable, secure pair of cycling glasses for off-road riding and all-day adventures.

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Classic Glasses

A stylish pair of cycling glasses for performance on and off the bike.

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Stay Hydrated

Besides overheating, the other consideration on summer rides is staying well hydrated. Rapha bidons are available in two sizes and feature a leak-free, easy-to-use cap for quick access when taking a drink.

“If it’s getting hot during a race, I try to keep myself cool with cold water and plenty of electrolytes. Pouring cold water over myself and keeping ice down my back tends to keep me cool enough no matter how hot it gets.” - NEILSON POWLESS, EF EDUCATION–EASYPOST

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Bidons

Rapha Bidon - Large

A 750ml taste-free bottle with an ergonomic grip for on-the-bike hydration.

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Rapha Bidon - Small

A 625ml taste-free bottle with an ergonomic grip for on-the-bike hydration.

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