Mag Feature: Vicious Cycle (cycling and depression)
I’ve not read it yet and I’m not sure I want to.
Can someone summarise please, is it actually about bikes and is it a depressing read? I just want to read about bikes really… its bad enough theres all that CX shite in the back of the mag this month and a page devoted to an ‘article’ about someone who lists every SPD pedal ever made and then says he’s switched to flats for a bit.
Renewal? I don’t think so…Posted 5 years agowreckerMember
It’s about a chap who suffers depression and explains how and why cycling helps him.Posted 5 years ago
It’s brutally honest, dark, engaging, enlightening. Ultimately left me with a better understanding of the suffering, reinforced the reasons I ride (although I don’t suffer depression) and left me hopeful for the author.
It’s quite a complex article exploring possible reasons for a correlation between depressives and cyclists. Not really possible to summarise except to say it’s not a depressing read. It’s analytical, which is normal for a depressive perfectionist; except it’s accurately researched, reasoned and written; which is normal for a depressive perfectionist in a good mood :0)Posted 5 years agodrainSubscriber
Great article. I can’t speak for others, but for me it absolutely nails the descriptions of the various states and emotions I go through, and the reasons why the simplicity of cycling works for me. Really eery to see a mirror of others’ feelings without me looking back out!
So good in fact that it’s inspired me to re-subscribe! 😀
Good one, Singletrack.Posted 5 years agoTomHillSubscriber
First things first, thank you for all the kind words above. They are very humbling, and I’m a bit taken aback to be honest. The article was singularly the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever written, and yes, with no small amount of catharsis. It is obviously deeply personal, but I am really pleased to see that others have been able to draw parallels.
I’m sure it won’t be everyone’s idea of a good read, and a lot of kudos should go to the magazine for being brave enough to devote a good few pages to the subject. It certainly isn’t traditional bike mag fodder, and I know it was a risk for them. Depression is, well, a bit depressing at times, and I know I look to mags for inspiration and entertainment primarily. It is an important subject though, and one that crops up on the forum regularly. I hope I’ve shown that it isn’t just shades of black though. There are bright, perfect moments in amongst the gloom, and riding bikes is the quickest route to reaching them that I know of.
Thanks also to Greg ^^^, Amy and Lou for letting me bend their ear and nick some of their thoughts. And, with mates like Teetosugars and others to ride with, I’m a pretty lucky chap all in.
TomPosted 5 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
Just wanted to add my thanks for the powerful article.
There were a few ‘looking in the mirror’ moments, although difficult, at the same time reassuring that others have been there.
Being currently injured and having the news today that its another 2 weeks minimum off the bike, the timing of both the article and the mag in general was spot on.Posted 5 years agoti_pin_manMember
Looks like I’ll have to buy this one, sounds very interesting in the same way Matt Seatons book is:Posted 5 years agocraigfSubscriber
give me surprising articles like this any day of the week, give me sections on parts of cycle sport that are things the writers and editors are into and a bit different from the normal stuff every other mag is trotting out.
it’s fine that most of the magazine has the same structure to it each month, but it is the odd leftfield article and things you weren’t expecting to see that keeps the magazine amongst the best out there i think.
cracking issue, great article, and the design is smashing again… really like the christmas themed tyre tracks :o)Posted 5 years agojimmySubscriber
Just read the article. Not wanting to jump on the depression band wagon but it’s something I have been very aware of in recent years. Reading the article and these responses helps to quantify and qualify my own state of mind and relate my own thoughts and processes.
Well done on writing and printing this to all involved.Posted 5 years agohambl90Member
Thanks to stw and everyone involved in this article, I personally think it is the best article I have ever read mainly because I can totally relate to it . I have battled with depression for over 10 yrs and almost everything in this article I feel on a all too regular basis. Only a handful of friends and family know I have this cloud hanging over me so it helped me reading this article as I don’t even speak to them about it really.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks again for printing this and good luck .The Marmalade ManMember
Great article by Tom Hill and thank you ST for actually publishing it, no one likes to talk about this and it’s a subject that needs bringing into the open, unfortunately there is a stigma associated with depression which needs to be absolved. I can relate to a lot of what is in this article, I only started cycling after the death of my wife and I can honestly say that it helped immensely in saving my sanity and equilibrium. The actual mechanism of riding a bike became almost meditative and freeing, allowing me to gain momentary peace within my head for a short time, so that I could still function as a human.
Once again, thank you ST for printing this and good luck to everyone involved in the article.Posted 5 years ago
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