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  • My husband is also a cyclist but we actually hardly ever train together. During the road season I’m focussing on very different sessions than my husband who is primarily a TTer. In the winter, I switch to ‘cross and my short intense sessions are always at odds with his longer base miles.
    We definitely have a lot of lycra in the wash though and its great to have someone who understands your motivations for getting up at crazy o’clock to fit in training before work.

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  • duanegran

    My wife and I have been riding together for years (we actually met on a bike ride, which is very cool) and it certainly helps that we understand why the sport is so important to each other. We are mutually supportive but the most challenging aspect is simply the amount of time required to be effective at cycling. Balancing it with a family is at times complicated and fraught with conflicting desire to get enough “me time” on the bike and knowing that you need “we time” with the family. A little bit of time constraint makes a person efficient but too much gets stressful, but it definitely makes a difference that we sense when each other is overdue for a big ride.

  • Adam Fuller

    How does one claim to be a cyclist and not drink coffee?

    • Alex

      I know! How can someone dare to not fit into stereotypes pushed on them by their peers and society.

      Every time I see a bunch of overweight 40+ year olds on carbon bikes and shaved legs I breathe a sigh of relief that societal pressure is working.

    • lauren o’keefe

      Deeply shocking I know, but there are plenty of cyclists out there who don’t drink coffee (me being one of them).

    • Spider

      I once got to the start of a shop group ride in the morning and exclaimed I was having a tough morning…my coffee machine blew up….the group start was instantly delayed so the shop could prepare a coffee for me….the idea of sending out a cyclist without a coffee was offensive to everyone there!

      This is Melbourne…..not Milan!

  • Robert Merkel

    Nice article.

    My partner enjoys watching pro cycling on TV but doesn’t ride seriously herself. One issue we’d face if she took it up would likely be the speed/endurance gap which makes would make riding together a bit frustrating.

    I’d be curious to hear how couples who share an enthusiasm for cycling but whose experience/speed is different manage riding as a pair without getting cranky at each other!

    • Simone Giuliani

      Ah, I’ve got plenty of experience with that one and there may have been just a little getting cranky before we worked it out! As the slower of my partnership the key is to not mind if there is the occasional bout of charging ahead and looping back as well as some understanding that maybe another faster ride might also need to be scheduled into the weekend. The response of the faster partner to going a little slower is “I just suck it up”.

      • winkybiker

        One word: Tandem.

    • Jake Hollibone
      • Simone Giuliani

        Ha, like that. There is always a way to make it work if you really want it to!

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