Smiling and waving at other riders isn't just about etiquette, it could make you a better cyclist - here's how

Yes, it's polite, but there's another reason why you should always smile (and wave) at other riders

Julian Alaphilippe waving and smiling as he rides through a crowd of cycling fans
(Image credit: Getty Images/ David Ramos)

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The traditional 'nod, smile and wave' when passing other cyclists can become a divisive topic. Some riders believe it's a principle of etiquette that should never be forgone, while others may drop the wave pending the situation. 

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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.