Video: Cycling’s winter training methods back in 1986

Posted on: November 30th, 2017

Cycling winter training

Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche out for a spin on Howth Head, Dublin, in 1985. We look back on what training methods were like then (Photo with many thanks to Ronan Fox)


Cycling winter training methods back in 1986


Here’s a great little clip looking back on 1986, and the scary thing is that some of us in this parish can remember these cycling winter training methods.

Okay, so we were too lazy and too soft to deny ourselves food and drink. But we recall when it was recommended to go for hours and hours very slowly and only aim to be fit for summer.

Back then heart monitors were called ‘pulse meters’ and we didn’t know very much about them, other than they looked good and gave us an air of authority.

Who remembers riding up climbs in the big ring to get strong? Yep, we do!

And we definitely recall having very cold feet, and sometimes running (especially during puncture stops or Mars bar and coke stops) to get the circulation going.

Ah, those were the days. This is well, well worth a look, well done to the lads at GCN.

Just for the record, we can remember some of this cycling winter training because much of it survived into the 1990s. We were far too young in 1986 to be out riding a bike (we swear – Ed).


Back to 1986; some of us actually did this…