above: Windy shows the wind strength in knots; and rainfall
- indicated by the colour: blue is light rain, and when it gets to
yellow and green you know you will get properly soaked!
They say "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad
I would add another qualifier; "There is no such thing as bad
weather, just bad equipment and bad planning".
Wind and rain are the two biggest obstacles we face as cyclists.
Everyone talks about how many km's a ride was, orr how many metres
you climbed. But if you are doing a point to point route into a
block headwind you will find your pace agonisingly slow regardless
of distance or incline...
Windy is a free app on iOS and Android, as well as a website at
I learnt about it from guys in the sailing industry - who really
need to know about the weather, as it's a matter of life and death
for them. If they recommend something you can be sure it's going to
It's amazing; you can see the current winds and forecasts; as
well as expected rain in the coming days. It's also very accurate;
often depressingly so!
When I was racing the Two
Volcano Sprint I was constantly looking at it on my phone; I
would time my rides to try and miss as many thunderstorms as
You can even register with them (optionally) and it will save
your preferred settings to the cloud so they'll be constant across
It's totally free to use, and incredibly useful - I've only been
scratching the surface of what it can do so far, and look forward
to exploring further. But even at first use I've found real benefit
from it. I highly recommend you download it, or visit their site,
and try it for yourself!
iOS download on the App Store
Android download on Google Play
below: the global temperature layer is one of many options
to choose from, showing hot and cold spots at a glance