How to successfully bounce back after a crash

Recovery from injury starts in the mind and deserves careful, considered planning. Words by Dr Josephine Perry

Markel Irizar after a crash on stage 10 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

For many of us, our first bike crash is a painful and frustrating rite of passage. Whether it happens on the road, trail or track, the mental ‘injuries’ can be harder to overcome than the physical ones.

Crashes can arouse new, unforeseen fears, making us over-cautious and liable to panic about missing training or racing while we physically recover.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).