Does elite cycling have a problem with mental health?

Pressure to perform can create world champions, but it can also impact mental health. We explore what's being done to protect riders, and if it's enough

Photo by KT/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

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Suffering on the pedals as pleasure and pain intertwine is a notion many cyclists can identify with. However, when the pain becomes overwhelming enough to eclipse the antithesis, alarm bells should be ringing.

Tales of depression, and suicide, within pro cycling and elite level sport have shocked its audience time and time again - leading to questions around the degree of pressure being placed upon the world's most talented sportspeople.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.