Could 'sober curiosity' make you a better cyclist?

Alcohol sales are declining and the 'sober curious' tribe is growing - could ditching the drinks increase your performance?

bottle of wine in a bike bottle cage
(Image credit: Simon Smythe for Future)

In our 'Will It Work?' series, Sports Science expert Hannah Reynolds investigates common fitness hacks, to determine if they're really any good for the time crunched athlete.  

Being ‘sober curious’ is a strange expression: even for those of us who like a drink we know what being sober feels like. But the trend towards a more sober lifestyle, giving up all alcohol or dramatically reducing alcohol intake, is becoming much more widespread. Alcohol use represents one of the greatest reasons for premature death and ill health, The World Health Organization made it a public health priority to reduce harmful alcohol use by 2030.  

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips