Is social media ruining your relationship with cycling?

Cutting back has been shown to have mental health benefits, but what’s the right balance to strike?

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After you’ve gone for a ride, what’s the first thing you do? Take your shoes off? Or sync your ride to Strava and post a photo on Instagram? I’ve certainly been guilty of the latter – and then going on to spend far longer than intended checking out rides uploaded by others, and browsing through their 10-story-long packed day. Yep, with my cycling shoes still on. 

There’s no one making me do this and, to be honest, I’m feeling pretty content when scrolling on through. But still, there’s no doubt social media can often feature more heavily in our lives than perhaps is healthy. 

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg