How many rest days should a cyclist take each week?

We all know we need rest, but the specifics aren't always so black and white

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Rest is crucial to adaptation and progression - most of us know that. However, the statement leaves a lot of questions unanswered, such as how many days off a week are advised, and what exactly constitutes rest.

The answers come down mostly to individual experience and there will be a lot of variation. However, there are certainly some sensible rules of thumb we can employ.

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