Before Wednesday’s installment of the Late Night Under the Lights Bike Races, event director Brendan Sheehan suggested three tips, besides just drinking lots of water, that can help a biker beat the heat.
Climatize — As a racer, you have to climatize. A good way to do it, especially with it being so hot out now, is to ride early in the morning or late in the evening. That will climatize yourself to the heat when it’s coolest as possible and over time you gradually work yourself up to where you are riding during the day.
Make an ice pack out of pantyhose — We found a guide from a physiologist who worked with Lance Armstrong, Allen Lim, he also wrote a cook book for cyclists. One of the things he came up with was filling pantyhose with ice and then sticking it on your neck in the back of your cycling jersey.
If you go to races nowadays you are going to see a lot of people with that same thing. Basically, what you are trying to do is bring your core temperature down.
Replace your electrolytes and salt — We had a rider last year that went with us to a race called Hotter than Hell 100 because the temperature on the payment is actually 130 degrees or so. She drank water after after water and what she did was flood out all her electrolytes and salt. She became very sick.
There are tablets that you can take to help replace the electrolytes and salt you are sweating out.