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The psychology of stepping up a race level

We all know that starting out racing can be nerve-racking. New racers describe feelings from uneasiness to intense anxiety that makes the...

How to mentally recover after a bike crash

During the women’s road race at the Rio Olympic Games in August, we all watch in horror as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed hard,...

Why cycling makes us happy: the positive psychology of being on the bike

From the Ella archives: Every weekend we bring back one of our archived stories just in case you had missed it the first time. Original p...

Digging into the pain cave: The psychology of suffering, part 2

Earlier this year, Alison and I attended the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit held at Colorado University in Boulder. The Summit b...

Digging into the pain cave: The psychology of suffering, part 1

Last month, Alison and I attended the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit held at Colorado University in Boulder. The Summit brought ...

Why cyclists cheat: seven possible reasons for doping

There's a consensus in road cycling circles that the sport is cleaner than it was 10 to 15 years ago and yet barely a fortnight seems to ...

How group dynamics can make cyclists our own worst enemy

We all like to think of ourselves as self-aware individuals, but often there is something that takes over when we join a bunch ride or hi...

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 year's resolutions. According to Google search trends, most of ...

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, a win may come only once in a season and that one fleeting moment i...

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 be a little bit obsessed with cycling. But at what ...

Psychology of the Jersey

Recently I parted ways with the cycling team that I've been a member of since moving to Australia. Most of us have come in and out of var...

Mind Power In Performance Sport

This guest post was written by Tony Fahkry. Tony's life is dedicated to coaching people on the Mind-Body connection. He contacted me on t...