Valverde reveals bout with depression in wake of racing ban
The veteran Movistar captain shares his struggles that haunted him after a controversial racing ban just days ahead of defending his world title Read the full article at Valverde reveals bout with depression in wake of racing ban on VeloNews.com .
The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete
The narrative arc of a professional cyclist’s existence is often a rollercoaster of circumstance, heartbreak, and resurgence — a constant balancing act of physical and mental health. That has never been more clear than over the past few months in elite women’s mountain-bike racing. Across the UCI’s World Cup series and World Championship, the return to … The post The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete appeared first on CyclingTips .
The big lie: What it’s like to ride illegally as a woman in Iran
The freedom to ride a bicycle is a simple pleasure most of us take for granted. For some women, though, it isn’t quite so simple. Iran may have fielded a national women’s cycling team for many years now, but take to the streets on two wheels and life can quickly get complicated. Especially since leader … The post The big lie: What it’s like to ride illegally as a woman in Iran appeared first on CyclingTips .
Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband
Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .
Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons
Across the lands that once belonged to Yugoslavia lie hundreds of strange, brutalist monuments to nationhood. CyclingTips contributor Tom Owen set out on a journey through the wilds of North Macedonia to hunt these haunting ‘spomeniks’ and explore Europe’s ragged fringes. The post Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons appeared first on CyclingTips .
Exercise an effective way to treat depression, according to study
UK regions with higher rates of cycling tend to be happier
Rissveds: Two years ago, I didn't want to be alive
After a two-year absence from cycling to focus on her mental health, Jenny Rissveds has made a remarkable comeback with a victory at the MTB World Cup in Lenzerheide . The Olympic champion returned to competition this spring with her new outfit Team 31 named after the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 31 that promotes child rights. "Two years ago, I didn't want to be alive. I just want to say that it is possible," Rissveds said in a post-race interview with the UCI after winning the series round ahead of Anne Terpstra and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, who also made a return to the sport after recovering from double Iliac artery surgery . "Never give up. Like Pauline said last week when she won her first World Cup in a very long time, 'never give up,' and I just want to say 'never give up.' Never. "In Swedish, ...
77% of people want to see cycling infrastructure improved, according to National Travel Survey
Sustrans says that investing in walking and cycling infrastructure is key to meeting targets
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 ...