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Best of 2019: What your Instagram says about you as a cyclist

Most of us don’t give much thought to what we post on Instagram or why…

One crash stole my confidence – three years later, one descent brought it back

I take a long, deep breath in, loosening my grip on the handlebars a little…

How Rohan Dennis won Worlds with the help of his psychological scientist

Dr David Spindler is an Andorra-based psychological scientist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists.…

What it's like to be a psychological scientist working with pro cyclists

Dr David Spindler is an Andorra-based psychological scientist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists.…

How to keep cycling after becoming a father

There aren't many bigger transitions in life than having your first child. Your entire world…

Keeping Dirty Kanza fun: Five tips for 200 miles of enjoyable gravel riding

In 2019, CyclingTips is hitting the gravel roads of America in a custom VanDoIt van,…

Ride on: The art of staying motivated on the bike

Michael Inglis is a sports psychologist who’s worked with professional and amateur athletes across a…

Cycling as meditation: Can riding help us achieve mindfulness?

Have you ever been out for a ride, lost yourself in the moment, then come…

Why the notion of confidence in endurance sport is flawed

We’ve all been there, waiting on the startline of a race or big gran fondo,…

‘You can do it!’ Why you should practise positive self-talk on the bike

When it comes to improving on the bike, we all know the basics. Ride more,…

Mourning ride: When times get tough, a simple spin can work wonders

When I rolled my bike out the back gate, I thought I was just going…

Mind games: Getting your head back in the game after a crash

Picture this. You’re riding down your favourite local descent, flying around the corners and having…

Cash bonuses for clean athletes: a better way to fight doping?

At the University of Adelaide’s experimental economics lab, a group of researchers are conducting a…

Colouring books, yoga and other relaxation techniques for everyday athletes

It’s that time of year again, in the Northern Hemisphere the road season is starting…

Light and dark: Exercise addiction, and the different forces of cycling

There is a saying that goes, “light cannot come without darkness.” This resonated with me…

The problem with perfection: How parental pressure can leave children with positive attitudes about doping

Despite the fact most sports-lovers despise doping, many of us still find the psychology of…

How those around you can help your performance

When I first started racing a decade ago, I wanted to know what I could…

Why cyclists cheat: seven possible reasons for doping

There's a consensus in road cycling circles that the sport is cleaner than it was…

New year's resolutions and goal setting - approaches that work

Now that the calendar has ticked over most of us will be setting some new…

Why we race: the psychology of winning and what motivates us

For any given bike race there can only be one winner. For many of us,…

All about the bike: what happens when cycling becomes an 'obsessive passion'

If you're reading this there's every chance you love riding your bike. You might even…