Dr Hutch: Pick your ride mates wisely, or endure the consequences

Any mismatch in ability or intention will guarantee that one or both of you suffer, counsels Dr Hutch

Image of Dr Hutch with a ride companion, Dr Hutch looking red faced
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One of cycling’s great pleasures is simply going for a ride with someone else. It’s everything – a bit of training, a chance to see the countryside, a bit of conversation, a tiny bit of competition. When people in old magazines wrote about the companionship of the wheel, they meant this.

If you don’t believe me, consider how the pleasure of the act can outweigh the personality of your companion. I think most of us have enjoyed a ride with someone who, in any other circumstances, we’d have a very strong urge to whack with a track pump and bury in a shallow grave. I name no names.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine