'It's something I fully believe in': Why Gabriel Cullaigh is in on strength training

Powerhouse rouleur Gabriel Cullaigh makes the case for strength training – lockdown or not

Gabriel Cullaigh (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

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I’ve done strength and conditioning training since I was a junior rider. It was while riding for the RST Racing Team that Chris Walker [former pro, winner of 1991 Milk Race] introduced me to it – he was a big believer in strength work.

When I joined the British Cycling Academy [in 2014] we were in the gym at least once a week, mostly doing mobility and core exercises, and that set me up for doing what I do now. In my first year at Team Wiggins I didn’t do very much, aside from a bit of core training, but going into my second year on the team, I met Peter Gascoigne.

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David Bradford
Features editor

David Bradford is features editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.