How a wood-burning stove can help you win the Tour De France. Maybe

We’re familiar with most of the weird and wonderful uses for wood-burning stoves. As well as the obvious use as a heating source, we know of customers who use their stove to toast marshmallows, dry fruit, keep slugs at bay (thanks to the ashes) and do all sorts of other things.

But we came across a new one last night: training for endurance cycling races.

With the weather outside starting to get a bit grim and the evening getting shorter, there are fewer opportunities for cyclists to get out on their bikes. And fewer still for them to replicate the conditions of a glorious summer’s day in Italy, Spain or France.

Unless, of course, said cyclist has a wood-burning stove in their home.

We got chatting to Emma Johnson (@magicatiken), who rides for the XRT Elmy Cycles team, and is preparing to ride across Europe next summer. And how is she preparing? By fixing her bike to a static turbo trainer in the same room as her stove.

Emma explained: “It’s great for training to prepare to cycle through the heat of the summer! I did 100 minutes climbing at 10% – in the heat!”

She does describe herself as a ‘mad cyclist’, so it’s probably not something to throw yourself into without a decent level of training first.

But if you have got your sights set on becoming the next Sir Bradley Wiggins or Lizzie Armitstead, here’s the piece of kit you need that doesn’t require any wheels or lycra: a wood-burning stove!

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