New study explains why you enjoy riding your bike (if you’re a Mamil)

You'll be glad to hear that it's not a mid-life crisis

Men taking up cycling in middle age is often viewed as a form of mid-life crisis, but the findings of a new study dispel this myth, painting a very different picture of so-called Mamils (middle-aged men in lycra).

The study by the University of East London looked at 11 men aged between 34 and 52 who had been cycling for more than two years and considered themselves to be "serious recreational cyclists", finding that they had three main reasons for enjoying cycling.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.