Road cycling bike turbo trainer indoor winter training

Winter training doesn't have to be a chore and it'll really pay off in the spring. Follow these top tips to make sure you get the most out of your turbo trainer sessions and above all else, are comfortable.

Follow a plan.

Make sure the miles you're putting in are going to count; mindlessly pedalling for hours on end won't get you results. Cycling indoors on a turbo trainer is vastly different to cycling outdoors as you won't have the ever-changing terrain and demanding climbs. Follow a varied and challenging plan that suits you and your goals.

Combat boredom.

Set up some music or TV if you can to relieve the boredom. You could even watch an old road race or competitive cycling online to feel extra inspired. Some sites will even allow you to follow an outdoor simulation so that you feel like you're cycling outdoors and up mountains.

Use a fan.

Get the biggest fan you can afford because you'll sweat even in the coldest of rooms. Get a sweat catcher or towel to protect your frame and bars from the drips.

Hydrate well.

Chances are you'll drink more when on a turbo trainer than when you're cycling outdoors, especially if you're sweating a lot. Plan ahead and make sure you have access to plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated.

Minimise noise.

If using your turbo trainer indoors, get a yoga mat or something similar to reduce the noise. Your family and neighbours will thank you!