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 ...
The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?
From a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to 800,000 bikes dumped in fields across China, this is the strange, sad story of SpeedX's monumental rise and fall. The post The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX? appeared first on CyclingTips .
30 great benefits of cycling
Riding bikes boosts your brainpower, relationships, health and happiness
Interview: Lael Wilcox on Ultra-Endurance Racing & Taking on the Men’s Field
Lael Wilcox is currently riding her bike from the Pearl Izumi headquarters in Colorado to Kansas where she will be racing in the Dirty Kanza XL (a mere 653 extra warm-up miles (1051km) before a 350-mile/563km race, no big deal, right?). With the Dirty Kanza XL completed, Lael will turn her attention to the Tour … The post Interview: Lael Wilcox on Ultra-Endurance Racing & Taking on the Men’s Field appeared first on CyclingTips .
New Rockshox Pike Ultimate, BMC SLR01, Whisky No.9 fork and… a car?
This week's best new bikes and gear
Buyer's guide: the best bike-mounted phone holders
Joseph Delves 21 May 2019 A collection of the best bike phone mounts for cyclists wanting to attach their mobile to the handlebar Mounting your mobile phone to the bike can be nerve-racking. However with a wealth of ride tracking and navigational apps available, on your handlebars may well be the best place for it. Allowing you to keep an eye on your phone and get the best from your favourite apps , we’ve rounded up nine of our favourite cases and mounts - just don't get distracted. Image 2 of 10 Image 2 of 10 Quad Lock Out Front Mount Quad Lock makes some of the best fixtures and fittings for attaching your phone to your bike. Working either with one of its many dedicated cases or via a stick-on adaptor, this out front mount is perhaps the brand’s neatest option. Putting your phone ahead of the bars both ...
Could your ride data be making the roads safer?
Michael Donlevy 20 May 2019 Transport authorities are increasingly interested in knowing where you’re going when you ride – but Big Brother isn't all bad… Do you use Strava ? If so, do you ever wonder what – beyond sitting somewhere below the leaderboard – is happening to your ride data? And do you ever use a bike-sharing scheme, such as Transport for London’s Santander Bikes or one of the dockless e-bikes springing up around the UK’s cities? If so, did you know that they are recording your journeys, too? It sounds like a Big Brother scenario in which the government and local authorities can track your movements and can tell where you are whenever you’re on your bike. Because even Strava – which is used voluntarily – is working with local councils to show who is riding and where, right now. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This ...
Chris Boardman calls for end to drivers v cyclists rhetoric as British Cycling reveals two-thirds of bike riders say roads no safer than five years ago
Governing body's survey of 15,000 members makes for depressing reading
Photo gallery: The 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The Masters
Now in its second year, the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia (HBSA) returned to Melbourne over the past weekend. Growing to more than 40 exhibitors this year, HBSA is a showcase not just for Australian builders, but for a number of international makers too. In this first gallery, we look at the masters of the Australian … The post Photo gallery: The 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The Masters appeared first on CyclingTips .
How to recognise if you're addicted to cycling
Michael Donlevy 29 Apr 2019 Cycling is good for you – actually, great for you. But it turns out you can have too much of a good thing… Riding a bike is one of the greatest pleasures known to humans. And there’s a bonus – unlike many of the other greatest pleasures it’s good for you. Cycling makes you fitter, healthier and happier. It can help you lose weight or manage your weight and can encourage you to eat more healthily and do other beneficial things like stretch and go to the gym. But there’s a downside. It can also be addictive, in a way that become all-consuming and, ultimately, bad for you. You can have too much of a good thing. Addiction to exercise is both physiological and psychological. You’ve probably heard of the ‘runner’s high’, the feeling of elation you get when physical activity releases endorphins, chemicals that ...
The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition
The last we heard from The SHEcret Pro it was October 2018 and she was giving us the lowdown on the Road World Championships. Now, our anonymous insider is back with the latest goss from within the professional women’s peloton, including a look at some suspicious performances, some worrying approaches to nutrition, and a reflection … The post The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition appeared first on CyclingTips .
The Podium Cafe Ronde Rankings
So. Er. It’s me. Back for another power rankings. Let’s see how the last ones went. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Ah, there they are now. Anyway, it’s time for another go, with a bit more data and a lot more “Andrew gave it a go so now I have a point of reference.” Anyway, we at the café know I couldn’t possibly do this alone so helping me tonight, yes, you guessed it. The one, the only, Carol Vorder- The door bursts open. Joyous music plays. Heavy panting as a stony figure crashes into the room. Cuddles? What are you doing here? I thought you were in Edinburgh, and that you hadn’t forgiven me to boot! “ That. Damned. Seal.” Excuse me? “I can’t live with that godforsaken thing.” Hate to say it, but you have some notable similarities. “ Don’t care. All I wanted to do was drink ...
Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes
Lindsay Goldman, rider and general manager of the Hagens Berman-Supermint Pro Cycling team, found very little information targeted towards athletes while she was going through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. So she decided to share everything she could about all of the questions she had. “I’d have killed for this sort of insight a year ago,” … The post Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes appeared first on CyclingTips .
Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life)
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott In our always-on and connected world, it has become far too easy to catch ourselves constantly staring at screens, at work, at home, and on the bike. We have become so connected and yet, at the same … The post Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life) appeared first on CyclingTips .
Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression
The sport of cycling encourages suffering and perseverance, but that does not always translate to real life and the challenges of depression. Read the full article at Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression on VeloNews.com .
Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless
Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Crosswinds blow apart Paris-Nice; Rigoberto Uran breaks his collarbone; more details on Kelly Catlin’s tragic passing; and the industry finally establishes a proper standard for Road Tubeless rims and wheels. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Crosswind triangle … The post Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tributes flow in for 'warrior princess' Kelly Catlin
Tributes have flowed in for Kelly Catlin following the news of her death on Friday. The 23-year-old ended her life in her Stanford University residence . A multi-talented athlete, artist and musician, Catlin began racing as a teenager at the urging of her twin brother Colin. She quickly rose through the ranks, winning the Minnesota state cyclo-cross championships and then landing on the podium in her first national road championships in 2013 in the Junior 15-18 category. Catlin won the U23 national title in both the road race and time trial in 2014 and 2015, and the Pan American Games time trial in 2015, but it was on the track where she found the most success as part of USA Cycling's team pursuit squad. Together with Sarah Hammer, Jen Valente, Ruth Winder, and Chloe Dygert, Catlin won the 2016 world championship title and the silver medal in the team pursuit ...
5 realistic motivations to get back out and ride
The internet is caked in articles on how to be the 'best version of yourself', how to stay motivated through miserable weather, and how to get fit again. As useful as that might sound, I expect deep down you hate these lists. The 5 most confusing topics in cycling Why this boring carbon fork will make your old bike great again Here's what you need for a bikepacking adventure I know I do. All that worthy optimism, the early-rising keenness, that ‘making perfect sense’ thing… as if anybody was interested in that. It’s 2019, people, not 1920. Come on. So here’s my far-more-useful list of genuine motivations to get you back out in the cold . 1. Life is meaningless and soon you’ll die I know, I know. Yesterday I decided to get into demotivational speaking, but then thought, why bother? It’s true that many see existentialism as either totally ...
Stretching, Yoga, Base Phase Racing, Commuting and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 197
Join us for Episode 197 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We'll be covering stretching, strength, yoga and their unique effects on cycling, race selection and tactics during the Base Phase, how your commute can make you a faster cyclist, and taking your live questions.
A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand?
Max Hauke, 26, sits in the crook of a sofa, surrounded by police, with a stunned look on his face and a blood bag hooked up to his arm. How did we get here? The post A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand? appeared first on CyclingTips .