Ask a coach: ‘Can cycling cure a hangover?’

Or, at least, how can a hangover be ‘softened’ so as to still get out on the bike?

A bottle of wine in a bottle cage, with the 'Ask a Coach' roundel
(Image credit: Future)

A question which more of us might be pondering in the run-up to Christmas and with the office-party season in full swing. But for whatever the reason or occasion may be, sometimes exercise in the morning after can make us feel better - or just not as bad as when we woke up. So, what is exercise actually doing for us during the dreaded hangover? Cycling coach Alex Welburn explains… 

Alex Welburn
Alex Welburn

Performance cycling coach Alex Welburn is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's Ask a Cycling Coach series, online every Wednesday. He's currently completing a PhD on Critical power and W' at Loughborough University whilst also managing the Performance Project, in which he coaches athletes and provides consultation.

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Alex Welburn

Alex is a Physiologist, Performance Coach, who also lectures occasionally at Loughborough

University where he is completing his PhD in Critical power and W'.


After competing for over 10 years on the bike, where he has competed for GB in both

cyclocross and mountain bike events, he now spends his spare time in the mountains as an

aspiring guide. Alex has worked with cyclists of all levels over the last 9 years, from ultra-

endurance world champions to the Women’s TDF. Supporting his PhD he manages The

Performance Project, consulting with and coaching athletes. Finally, he is also a proud

sponsor of southern based LAKA X Pedal Mafia Race Team.