How to stick to cycling as a new rider

Taken up cycling over the summer and keen to stick at it? Ellie Donnell brings you the tips and tricks to keep your motivation high

rider in winter gear cycling on beautiful road
(Image credit: Andy Jones for Future)

So, you’ve done a few rides and think this cycling malarky might be for you? The trick now is to make sure you’re in it for the long haul.

One of the hardest parts of taking up a new sport, cycling or otherwise, is staying motivated enough to keep going. I definitely didn't cycle consistently when I started, and had to keep coming back to it again and again before I properly fell in love with the sport. Why? A few reasons. There’s the small fact that cycling is pretty darn hard, and for a long time I didn’t feel like I was making any progress. Poor weather conditions are another major hurdle, with winter being a particularly difficult period for any cyclist. 

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Ellie Donnell is a contributing writer for Cycling Weekly and has written for a broad range of titles including Delicious Magazine, Co-op, The Independent and SquareMeal (where she currently holds the role of Managing Editor). While her specialism is in food and drink, Ellie is hugely passionate about fitness and practices a 'hybrid' approach to training covering running, weightlifting and cycling. Her love for cycling has flourished in recent years, causing her to purchase her first carbon road bike, participate in a duathlon and tackle a three-day cycling tour from Reading to Devon – although you’ll often find her doing laps of Richmond Park at the weekend.