Jerseys and bicycle racing

You may not think that what you wear makes any impact on you winning cycle races. The reality is, what you wear indirectly and directly impacts your performance in a race. When the right jersey is chosen, it provides the right temperature balance and aerodynamics.

Racing involves generating energy. To do this, the body requires the right temperatures. When racing during warmer seasons like spring and autumn, wearing a thin jersey is preferred. Most tournaments take place during such periods. However, warmer seasons also come with a challenge: some of the energy gets dissipated as heat, leading to profuse sweating during biking. This means that jerseys that are thicker are more likely to lead to cause an overheating of the body.

Also, when one starts sweating, some jerseys may make riders uncomfortable because of the buildup of sweat on various parts of the skin. Using jerseys made from synthetic fibres help in protecting from chilly winds, they can wick moisture from the skin and do not overheat. With such a material, you can avoid uncomfortable sweat. On the contrary, one may need wool jerseys when cycling is done below 15 degrees. Aside from body temperature, jerseys are also designed to help in enhancing performance through the reduction of drag. This is done through making the jerseys closed and tight material which does not flap in the wind.

Individual preferences come into play when selecting a jersey. While some people are most comfortable with ultra tight jerseys, while others are comfortable with jerseys that are super-aero fit. Others may also prefer the performance fit. It is neither too tight nor too loose and is best in the cases where there are stops in the cause of racing. It is also more suitable for mountain bike races compared to other cycling races.

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