Tips for racing in the rain.
- Allow for longer braking distances.
- Dry the wheel rims by applying the brakes ahead of time. Even if the ground is not slick, wet rims will reduce performance.
- Brake more gently on slick surfaces and use the rear brake more than the front.
- Turn and accelerate more gently to prevent sliding on slick surfaces.
- Reduce the pressure in your tyres slightly.
- Pay special attention to metal and other slick surfaces, such as manhole covers, painted traffic markings, wet leaves and oil slicks.
- Avoid running through puddles when you cannot see the bottom. Puddles can often hide deep holes.
- Keep warm, Once you are wet you will soon become cold. Use a race cape to stay dry or put a water proof layer under your race jersey.
- Use overshoes to keep your feet dry.
- Leg warmers can keep your legs warm until they become wet, then they soak up the water. consider using vaseline on your legs to repel the water.
- Good water proof gloves will help keep your fingers warm.
- After riding in the rain, lubricate your bike chain to help prevent rusting.