How to cycle on your period: My search for helpful advice on managing bleeding while riding

I spoke to Australian cycling star - and qualified doctor - Alana Forster for her tips, tricks and insights on riding at that time of the month

Female cyclist riding up a hill
(Image credit: Future)

There has been an increasing awareness over recent years of the different phases of the menstrual cycle - and how these different phases impact the body both physically and psychologically. With this understanding, we now have a much better idea of how to optimize our training around our cycles, ensuring we’re working with our bodies - rather than against them.

However, despite this wealth of information, there has been a paucity of useful, practical advice on actually dealing with the monthly bleed, as well as the symptoms associated with it. Knowing how to manage life when this phase occurs - and how to work that around racing and training - is just as important as knowing what training sessions you should be focusing on. 

Alana Forster riding on the track
Alana Forster

Alana Forster is an Australian Paralympic cyclist and a medical doctor. She is the current C5 Scratch Race World Champion on the track following her win at the 2023 UCI World Championships in Glasgow.

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