Cycling's Body Weight Obsession - How Light Is Right For You?





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Published on Dec 2, 2018

In this video, we’ll set out how you find your optimum cycling weight, AND how to maintain it. But in answering that question, we’ve also landed on one of cycling’s biggest issues, one that’s rarely talked about. You’ll hear from an expert on this subject who will advise on how to arrive at the right weight, and we’ll hear from a rider who pushed it too far but has, fortunately, come out the other side.

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As cyclists, we want to be light. On a bike, Light is generally fast, that much is basic physics and it’s because of this that cycling has become obsessed with weight. Both in technology, and also our bodies.

Seemingly every cyclist you speak to will say that they feel that they can lose weight. That feeling will partly be based on dreams of improved performance, but probably also about looks.

There’s nowhere to hide in lycra and so it’s not surprising that we might feel the need to look a certain way.

And so starts the obsession. Train more, eat less. Perhaps even skipping meals altogether, or riding longer and harder, specifically to burn off calories.

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