These are our top five Christmas gifts for cyclists with a performance angle. It’s not the most expensive or newest kit out there, but it’s the stuff that I have chosen when I am trying to go fast or get inspiration to go fast.
1 – Catlike Fusion Sunglasses, £55 from Amazon
Oakley don’t have the cycling sunglasses market completely stitched up.
One excellent alternative at a fraction of the price are the Catlike Fusion sunglasses. They come with three different lenses, an adjustable nosepiece and are light and comfortable.
2 – Nuun rehydration tablets, £5 from Wiggle
There are plenty of more expensive energy drinks on the market and Nuun is, strictly speaking, not an energy drink.
However, it is great for replacing lost salts into the body and a bidon with half a nuun tablet inside always encourages me to drink more whilst on the bike.
A good thing when out in the heat for several hours.
3 – Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force, £4.50 from Amazon
This is a cracking read. It provides an insight into the Lance Armstrong camp during the 2003 season and a fantastic window into the life of the pro peloton.
The 2003 defence of the Tour was Lance’s most difficult and this book has done as much as anything to inspire me to train harder and cycle more.
4 – 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist’s Guide to Britain’s Hills, £5 on Amazon
This is on my wanted list for Christmas.
I’ve had a read through of some of the UK climbs I have ridden and the descriptions are great. I was pleased to see that Hardknott Pass is rated 10/10. It is a beast of a climb.
5 – Catlike Whisper Pro, £130 on Wiggle
I know this is a second Catlike product in the same list but I think their kit combines cool design with functionality better than most.
The Whisper Pro is the helmet I aspire to. It looks amazing and is super-airated. I am happy with the Kompact Pro but would really like the top of the range model.