Pro riders and teams open up about mental health issues

Pro riders and teams open up about mental health issues

Michael Donlevy 3 Jul 2019 How pro cycling is addressing mental health and learning to support its athletes There is no hiding place in elite sport. From the outside we see professional athletes as almost superhuman – not just fit but incredibly strong, mentally and physically, and resilient. Battle-hardened, totally dedicated and focused only on success. And while anyone can ride a bike, our own limitations give us a deeper appreciation for those who can do it at a level beyond anything we can dream of. Suffering is part of cycling, almost a badge of honour, so it comes as a shock when we learn that those superhuman athletes are actually human after all. Athletes are under more pressure than ever. Sport is big business, and the rise of social media means those at the top of the game are a target when things don’t go right. ‘The money is ...

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