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Outdoor Cycling Benefits and Sun Protection
By Louis Bruno
Posted: 2023-05-31T14:00:00Z


The sun plays a significant role in outdoor cycling, both in terms of its benefits and potential challenges. Here are some points to consider:

Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight is an excellent way to obtain vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and overall well-being. Spending time outdoors while cycling can help your body produce vitamin D naturally.

Energy and Mood Boost: Sunlight can increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Cycling outdoors under the sun can give you a sense of rejuvenation and enhance your overall cycling experience.

Visibility and Safety: Adequate sunlight improves visibility, allowing you to see the road, obstacles, and other cyclists better. This can enhance your safety while cycling and reduce the risk of accidents.

Temperature Regulation: Sunlight contributes to warming the environment, which can be beneficial during colder seasons or early mornings. However, excessive heat can also pose challenges, leading to dehydration, fatigue, and an increased risk of heatstroke. It's important to stay properly hydrated, wear appropriate clothing, and consider cycling during cooler times of the day when the sun's intensity is lower.

SUN PROTECTION : While the sun offers benefits, it's crucial to protect yourself from its harmful effects. Prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to sunburn, skin damage, and an increased risk of skin cancer. 

IMPORTANT: Apply sunscreen with a HIGH SPF, wear protective clothing, and consider wearing sunglasses and head protection under the bike HELMET to shield yourself from the sun while cycling.

Time of Day: The intensity of the sun's rays varies throughout the day. Early morning or late afternoon rides may offer milder temperatures and softer sunlight, reducing the risk of overheating or sunburn. 

Midday rides, when the sun is at its peak, may be more challenging due to higher temperatures and intense UV radiation.

Hydration: When cycling in the sun, it's crucial to stay well-hydrated. The combination of physical exertion and exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of dehydration. Carry sufficient water or electrolyte drinks with you and drink regularly during your ride to maintain proper hydration.

NOTE: This has been the driest May on Record thus take precautions as it relates to allergies. Consider a non-drowsy allergy medication when operating a bicycle as well as a vehicle.

Remember, the specific impact of the sun will depend on factors such as location, time of year, and personal circumstances. It's important to assess the conditions, take necessary precautions, and adapt your cycling routine accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.