Six Things No-One tells you when you start Cycling

Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in the 2015 Ghent-Wevelgem

Everyone’s a beginner once, but some people are more prepared for what cycling’s all about than others. Here’s what no-one ever tells us about before we get into cycling

This one is kind of obvious, but it still comes as quite a shock just how physically demanding cycling is.

Unless you come to cycling from another sport, chances are you’ll be reasonably unfit when you first sit on a road bike. With mental images of powering to victory up Alpe d’Huez, you’ll actually find yourself pouring with sweat and feeling a little bit sick within five miles of your house.

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“It wasn’t this hard when I used to do my paper round on a bike,” you say to yourself as you struggle to hit a respectable speed in the lightest of headwinds. The difference is, though, that when you were doing your paper round, no-one expected you to ride fast. Now you’re on a flashy bike you feel the need to travel slightly faster than 10mph.

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