Steve Cummings's 15 life lessons in staying ahead

Renowned master of the long-range solo attack, Steve Cummings set a punishing pace for over 20 years. Here, he shares his hard-earned fitness wisdom with Rebecca Charlton

As a junior rider with Birkenhead North End Cycling Club in the Nineties, Steve Cummings was winning gold medals from an early age. By 2004, he was standing upon the second step of the Olympic podium in Athens, at a pivotal time for British Cycling – as a key part of the success story that saw Britain rise to the top of the global rankings. 

After becoming world champion on the track, Cummings went on to become a three-time Grand Tour stage winner on the road, with Barloworld, Team Sky, BMC and latterly Dimension Data. He entered the history books alongside David Millar when he clinched road race and TT double victory in the 2017 national championships. Known as a gritty rider, Cummings was loved by fans for his gutsy breakaway rides and solo victories. 

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