How much talent do you need to be a cyclist ?

Cycling , as a sport is often referred to as being addictive , or as one former Ras stage winner put it recently whilst under the influence of Arthur’s best ‘ you’ll never love your wife as much as you love cycling ! ‘ . This statement was replied to with  a chorus of nodding heads , nodding that is after all had checked left and right to see if any wives were within earshot .

Cycling has a mass appeal that many other sports lack . You can head out on your bike alone and your training session begins and ends at your front door , no car journey required . When the fresh air fills your lungs on a crisp spring morning as you look in over a ditch at a few horses grazing in front of an old ruined castle it feels good to be alive . Then when you get fit and train regularly the endorphins or ‘ Happy chappies ‘ as Bill Cullen calls them begin to appear when you put yourself under pressure and you get a natural high .

This along with most peoples natural competitive instinct often leads to a temptation to enter a race . Maybe a league race or possibly a C race some Sunday . However there’s always a tinge of doubt , just how good do you need to be to ride a race ? Well the answer is actually pretty simple .

Cycling is not like some sports where a talented player can drink and smoke and still get away with it  . There are no shortcuts in cycling . But conversely there are very few limits to cycling . Natural talent can be compensated for . The main thing with cycling is that those without any natural talent just have to train harder than those who have it !

And that is it in a nutshell . So , how much talent do you need ? – the answer is none whatsoever , but you do have to train harder and to want it more than the next guy .


2 thoughts on “How much talent do you need to be a cyclist ?

  • December 31, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I have foud that by applying structured disciplined training i have improved my cycling no end. amazingly the biggest difference has come by spending longer riding at very low intensities. unintuitive but very effective!


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