Wind direction

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Cathryn, 2 Feb 2008.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant


    Need some advice...and I do recall some frank exchanges in other posts about this subject so I'm happy for debate. :tongue:

    This summer's trip is basically from Toulouse to Salzburg, so east across the south of france, north to Geneva, east across Switzerland and Austria. An experienced tourer has just warned me of headwinds, specifically heading north up to Geneva. Am I going to be facing headwinds the entire time? Would it be better to reverse the trip? I REALLY want to finish in Salzburg but don't want to be fighting a head wind the entire way!!

    Thanks :biggrin:
  2. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Bourne End, UK
    North up the Rhone Valley can be really tough if the Mistral is blowing (and it often is in my experience). One of the most frustrating days I have ever had on a bike was in that direction.

    My advice would be avoid if at all possible, but maybe others have more positive comments.
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

  4. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Maastricht, NL
    The mistral comes mostly in the winter and spring time here is another link that explains it some more. We experianced it as a tail wind in the spring of 2006 for a while but than had to turn heading west and it was blowing us all over the road. I would not want to cycle against it.
  5. Tony

    Tony New Member

    You mean there are other types than headwinds?
  6. wallabyhunter

    wallabyhunter New Member

    Perth WA
    Someone once told me there is no such thing as a tailwind. Either the wind is against you... ... or you're having a realy good day!
  7. OP

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Admittedly I only remember two tailwinds in my entire life :wacko:
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    In the mountains the winds tend to be localised and in summer very light, so it really depends on how lucky/unlucky you are.

    Tailwinds are great:biggrin:
  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I think you're worrying unnecessarily, Cathryn. You'd be very unlucky to have strong headwinds out of the normal .
  10. OP

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Between Hairy Jock and Rich P, I'm much happier!!!! I shall now stop worrying about wind. Thank you!!
  11. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Cathryn, treat a headwind as another form of hill. Settle down, drop a gear and just grind it out.
  12. charlessandilands

    charlessandilands New Member


    I thought of you yesterday. I'd just read your post about headwinds and had taken the train with my bike to York to ride back to my home town of Knaresborough. There was a headwind for nearly all of the 22 miles! but otherwise it was a brilliant ride on a beautiful day.

    Incidentally, I'm fairly new to this site and I remember seeing a post from you about you breaking your leg. Are you (hopefully) fully recovered now?

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