Six reasons to take an end of season break: the effects and benefits explained

As the summer season draws to a close, we take a look at why it's important to take a block of downtime off the bike to rest, recover and reignite your competitive fire

Image shows a rider taking an off season break.
(Image credit: Future)

It’s a well-known paradox in cycling that the hardest thing about training is not training. All too often, it’s not the next hard session that gives us the jitters but the niggling feeling that we ought to take a few days off the bike. As for the prospect of a few weeks off the bike, that’s minor meltdown territory.

Enough of this crazy rest aversion; it’s time to face the fact that taking some specifically earmarked time off the bike this autumn or winter may well be a key part of the recipe for your success in 2023.

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