How to Ride into the Wind

Hilary Topper riding

Who likes to ride into the wind? It totally stinks! But, when you’re on a flat course, especially in coastal areas, there will be times that you will have to ride into the wind.

So how do you ride into the wind?

Here are some tips:

  • Don’t let the wind defeat you. Give yourself positive reinforcement. Don’t get down on yourself for going 10 mph when you normally go 15 mph. Just go with it.


  • Set your gears for the easiest one and spin out. Keep your RPMs at 80 or higher.


  • If you’re doing intervals, just focus on your power, your heart rate, or any other metric you use for the intervals.


  • Lean into your bike when you’re going into a headwind. For the tailwind, you can sit up and relax. Let the wind take you.


  • Have a strong sturdy grip so that you don’t serve all over the road


  • Finally, consider drafting. If you can and if you are with someone else, ride close to their back tire and you will feel a significant difference in how you ride.

If you have any other tips on riding into the wind, please leave them in the comments below. Happy riding!