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 .

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Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression

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 .

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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 .

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Tributes flow in for 'warrior princess' Kelly Catlin

Kelly Catlin on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympi

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 ...

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5 realistic motivations to get back out and ride

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 ...

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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.

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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 .

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Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days

Not many cycling journalists are better known or more popular than Rupert Guinness. With 30 Tours de France under his belt, few have a longer or more detailed knowledge of our great sport. But Rupe’s not just a journalist — he’s an impressive ultra-endurance cyclist in his own right. Last year he completed the Indian … The post Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pantani's mother makes another plea for police to reopen investigation into his death

Marco Pantani attacks on Mount Ventoux during the 2000 Tour de France

Fifteen years after the death of Marco Pantani , his mother Tonina has again called for the investigation into his death to be reopened after suggestions that Pantani may have died after being forced to drink water containing a huge quantity of cocaine rather than via a self-administered overdose. Pantani died on February 14, 2004, after barricading himself in a hotel room in Rimini under the effects of cocaine and anti-depressants. The winner of the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France suffered greatly with substance abuse and mental health-related problems following his disqualification from the 1999 Giro d'Italia due to a high blood haematocrit. Pantani's mother has always defended her son's honour while admitting that he may have used blood-boosting EPO during his career. Tonina hired high-profile Italian lawyer Antonio De Rensis to investigate all the circumstances of Pantani's death and managed to spark a new investigation in 2014 ...

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Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Concerns over anti-doping statute of limitations rise as case unlikely to be completed this month The medical tribunal investigating claims that former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman ordered banned substance testosterone to enhance athletes' performance could be delayed until next year. The hearing in Manchester was scheduled to start on Wednesday 6th February although was adjourned until Friday . The case resumed yesterday but in private to discuss legal matters with Freeman still absent from proceedings. This legal discussion is expected to continue until the end of the week which could potentially delay the start of the tribunal to the ninth day of the hearing. This is of concern to the General Medical Council, the body which filed the charges against Freeman, as the tribunal case is restricted to just 20 days to investigate the allegations. BBC Sport is now reporting that ...

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Freeman trial now not expected to begin until next week

British Cycling pursuit team 2007

Joe Robinson 8 Feb 2019 Investigation into former Team Sky doctor unlikely to begin until Tuesday after another postponement request The tribunal into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has been further delayed, and is now not expected to begin until next week . Freeman was due to attend a m edical practitioner's tribunal on Wednesday into allegations made by the General Medical Council (GMC) that the doctor had ordered the prohibited drug testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in 2011 to enhance the performance of a rider. But shortly before proceedings were set to begin, Freeman's legal representative Mary O'Rourke QC called for a private session to call for the investigation to be adjourned for 48 hours. Private sessions can be called in a public enquiry if the subject matter for discussion is in relation to personal health or exceptional circumstances. The three tribunal members heading ...

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The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up

As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thursday Thoughts: 2019 Race Predictions

Your Roubaix winner? We think so...

In which we pick winners, and have arguments If you didn’t see my piece a fortnight ago , I teed up this column by inviting you all to send in your predictions for the season to come. Many of you did and the full list can be found here . There’s a lot of possible avenues for argument and some potentially interesting thoughts with the unveiling of the FSA-DS price list coming up fast. Next week comes the second half of this predictions game, where we look at the season-long award predictions. To remind you, the races that we predicted, together with the most popular picks from across the fifteen entries, are as follows: We now turn to the editors, and what follows is a lightly edited chat between the brave souls who answered my initial email chain of prediction questions. I hope that the volume of opinion makes up ...

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How cycling can help overcome depression

How cycling can help overcome depression

Michael Donlevy 31 Jan 2019 The benefits of riding a bike extend beyond physical fitness. Here’s how cycling can help mental health, too. Photo: Patrik Lundin Depression is a very real illness – a struggle for the millions of people who live with it every day. Depression is also a particular problem among men. Suicide is the biggest killer of British males under the age of 50, with 4,382 male suicides registered in the UK in 2017, compared to 1,439 for women. That means more than 80 men take their own lives every week in the UK. ‘Young men are three times more likely than women to commit suicide, whereas girls are more likely to self harm,’ says Dr Gemma Trainor, a lecturer at King’s College London and consultant nurse who’s spent more than 30 years working with young people battling mental health problems. ‘And there’s a growing problem among ...

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Victoria Pendleton opens up about mental health battle

Victoria Pendleton opens up about mental health battle

Joe Robinson 23 Jan 2019 Olympic sprint gold medalist says addressing mental health issues brought her back from suicidal thoughts Olympic track cycling gold medalist Victoria Pendleton has revealed how suffering with mental health difficulties caused her to consider suicide. In an in-depth interview with The Daily Telegraph , the former track sprinter discussed how she suffered from mental health issues after her career, being diagnosed with severe depression after returning from an unsuccessful charity climb of Mount Everest. The 38-year-old also split from her husband of five years in 2018, saying that they had grown apart, with Pendleton then describing how she had planned to take her own life by drug overdose. 'I had accumulated one-and-half times the dose of drugs to kill myself,' Pendleton said. 'I had it there, in front of me, and I knew how much it would take. And how long I would have to ...

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Olympic champ Pendleton opens up about depression, suicidal thoughts

Olympic champ Pendleton opens up about depression, suicidal thoughts

The track gold medalist says an early morning phone call to British Cycling psychiatrist Steve Peters saved her life. Read the full article at Olympic champ Pendleton opens up about depression, suicidal thoughts on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Sometimes, even with the best intentions, it’s hard to find motivation to go out and ride. We’ve all been there. So what strategies do coaches, psychologists, athletes and BikeRadar readers use to get out that door and on that bike? Motivation — who needs it? Tips for staying motivated mountain biking How to ride in the rain It could be that you’ve had a setback such as an injury, and it’s disheartening that you’re not where you once were. It could be that you’re just getting started or trying something new, and progress is frustratingly slow. And let’s not forget that training plan slump, when the bed feels so comfortable and the weather isn’t particularly inviting. One — or even all — of the following suggestions might be enough to get you into your kit and riding. 1. Find a cause Dr Josephine Perry , a chartered sport psychologist from ...

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Blue Monday be damned - here comes an incredible 2019

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Some pro racing reminders as to why you shouldn't be down about Blue Monday Today, January 21st, is officially Blue Monday. No, not a day dedicated to New Order's groundbreaking 1983 hit but the day in which it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Originally conceived by a tutor at the Cardiff University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cliff Arnall, in 2006, Blue Monday was derived from a formula which includes weather conditions, debt level, low motivation, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions and the drive to take action. So considering this morning's sub-zero temperatures and the fact that Strava predicted we will have given up our new year's fitness resolutions last Thursday , it comes as no surprise that today is the year's most desolate day. However, it's not all doom and gloom, in fact far from ...

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Yorkshire cyclist to retrace the late Lee Fancourt's record breaking ride across Europe to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention

Ryan Anderton at Beleach Na Ba

Ryan Anderton says cycling has helped him overcome his own battle with depression and suicidal thoughts

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