Dr Hutch: When cyclists use the term 'pain cave' they hurt themselves, and fellow riders

Cycling Weekly's columnist explains why the Zwifter's favourite colloquialism - 'pain cave' - is stupid

Dr Hutch in his own pain cave
(Image credit: Alamy/Future edits)

If you want some idea of how little influence I have at Cycling Weekly, I’ll point you in the direction of the regular feature our print magazine now has about readers’ “pain caves”.

If we cyclists, as a group had sat down to brainstorm the most instantly effective means of making ourselves look very, very strange to outsiders, this name is it. Look at it this way, if someone called at your house and over a cup of tea you casually asked if they wanted to see your pain cave, one of two things would happen. Either they’d run away so fast they’d leave a human-shaped hole smashed in your front door, or you’d end up showing your turbo trainer to a deeply disappointed person who was actually expecting to be tied up and whipped with a handful of double-butted spokes. Neither of these scenarios will be good for your reputation in the neighbourhood.

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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