'Remember pain is just French for bread': We could all learn something from this cancer survivor's method for dealing with tough days in the saddle

Can reframing your pain help you push yourself harder, faster and for longer?

Richard Salisbury head shot from hospital bed and again smiling at the camera
(Image credit: Richard Salisbury/Matt Paige)

Most of us have busy lives, packing in cycling alongside work, family commitments and more - making 'quick wins' extremely inviting. But, do they work? In our weekly series we speak to cyclists of all kinds, to find out what one change they've made that's helped to make them a better bike rider - and ask - will it work for you?

Richard Salisbury is the founder of Pedal Precision and Director of the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity. He uses his skills as a qualified cancer exercise and injury rehabilitation specialist - paired with his professional bike fitting knowledge - to help provide as many bikes and adaptive trikes to children living with an beyond cancer diagnosis. 

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.