Cycling Weekly August 20 issue

From the editor

Sometimes a throw-away tweet is all we need to commission a feature. So when Elinor Barker called out the instagram-filtered social media posts that suggested a full time bike rider’s life should be as polished and perfect as an advert for the Peloton exercise bike – complete with city-scape view from a luxury high-rise apartment – we got in touch.

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We asked Elinor if she wanted to write about a typical day in her life and give a more honest account of being a full-time athlete. Her article on pages 30-31 is not only funny, but reassuringly relatable.

For a (very) short period of my life I was a full time bike rider, and I instantly recognised the procrastination and lack of productivity Elinor described that comes when all you have to do is ride your bike. I used to think this was because I wasn’t cut out to be a bike rider; it wasn’t just my lack of talent holding me back, I thought, but my all round unsuitability to the lifestyle.

Not so. The everyday tasks she mentions are something everyone has to deal with, so I can’t use that as an excuse for my lack of success. But it’s nice to be reminded that a multiple world and Olympic champion still sometimes struggles to deal with the same mundane distractions as the rest of us.

Knowing that gives me a bit more motivation nowadays and is proof that while we can come up with any excuse we want for our performances, the fact is the cream will always rise to the top.

Simon Richardson
Cycling Weekly magazine editor

Inside the magazine this week

Dauphine and Lombardia leave teams rethinking Tour plans

Most British pros set for Worlds long-list as confusion reigns

Wild and Matthews grind out century TT success

Opinion: Ellie Dickinson pining from the sideline

Exclusive interview: Geraint Thomas talks about the new focus that has come with fatherhood, and how lockdown has rekindled his love of racing

Behind the filter: Elinor Barker

Clash of the climbs: Monte Zoncolan v Alto de los Machucos

Rebecca Richardson’s Specialized Tarmac hill-climb special

BMC Teammachine

Gear of the week

Refresh your race preparation

Training with: Fred Wright

Ask the physio

Dr Hutch

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