Poor man’s tramadol

Simon Schofield looks at the adverse effects that over-the-counter painkillers may have on cyclists

Riding through the pain is part of the culture of cycling. We thrive on adversity, and there are few cyclists who haven’t recounted with a perverse pleasure just how much suffering has been endured on a ride to astonished non-cyclists.

But there is evidence that common or garden medication often swallowed by cyclists to dull an injury, can do a great deal more harm than good when taken with hard exercise.

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