Saddle sores: how to prevent and treat them

Saddle sores can be an uncomfortable by-product of cycling - but with care and proper treatment they don't need to get in the way of a good ride

Most cyclists will suffer from saddle sores from time to time. At best, these are a minor inconvenience and a little bit uncomfortable. At worst, they can require medical intervention and antibiotics.

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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.