I was out riding Norton Summit this afternoon - a bit overcast, no wind. I was wearing a jersey and baselater but nothing else special (even forgot my cap and felt quite naked) but I was so surprised to see some other riders in full winter gear - leg warmers, long sleeve jackets, ear warmers, boot covers...
Basically I'd say it's a strange activity Euros do during the winter that no one else in the world does much (a bit like cycle cross). Or as this forum poster writes:
It's a fancy word for liniment, which some people rub on their limbs instead of wearing weather-appropriate clothing. They fancy that the feeling of the aromatic oils and other mystery ingredients on their skin amounts to "warming." - Takara
a respondent Viking1001 contributed :
embrocation iz 4 wussy
Nevertheless there are a few witches brews out there. The gist I get is that it's like chillies, some like them bloody hot, others mild. Then there is Rapha Embrocation
which might be like spreading Devonshire tea jam and cream on your muscles. Their description is quite comical, read it all, but this is the basic bit.
Applying embrocation is one of the great rituals of winter riding. In recent years, it has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to its popularity on the American cyclocross circuit and Rapha Embrocation is used by the Rapha-Focus cyclocross team
. Rubbing embrocation into your legs not only helps give you vital headspace ahead of a long training ride but the massaging action also loosens muscles and helps release antioxidants.
I did read a great article in Peloton
about a small cottage manufacturer. (Can't read it? get the Embrocation.PDF here.
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