Updated December 12th 2017

What Makes a great cyclist?   By Paddy Doran

Giro in Dublin

Quintana laying the foundations of Giro ditalia win on the Coast road between Baldoyle and Dublin city

I have been very lucky over the years that I have been involved in cycling and some other sports as a competitor, coach and masseur. during that time  I  have met and dealt with some great athletes.

Here’s  some qualities That I have observed over the years. Its interesting that when you read them that you realise that so much about being a great cyclist is mental fitness.

GOOD OR GREAT?

I think we also need to distinguish between a good and great athlete, the great athletes sometimes have more on the physical level. But they definitely have a champions mentality which separates the great from the good cyclist!

THE CHAMPIONS MENTALITY

There are many good cyclists who could be great cyclists if they had the Champions mentality So what makes a great Cyclist? these are some of my observations

  • They love their sport
  • wanting to be a great cyclist
  • Are willing to work to be a great athlete
  • Can work well with people
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Can live with winning or not winning and still get up the next day and try as hard as the previous day
  • Is physically strong
  • Has a strong immune system
  • Is smart
  • Is confident
  • Loves a challenge
  • Will do whatever is required within the rules to be as good as he/she can
  • Will look for the best support possible
  • Has clear goals
  • Can switch on and off mentally
  • Has a good pre event focus
  • Is prepared to be an individual and stand out from the crowd
  • Is able to plan well
  • Has good self discipline and leads a sporting lifestyle
  • Is intrinsically motivated

have you many of them?

Quote:  (Winners make goals / Losers make excuses) Professor Aiden Moran NCT 98

Paddy Doran High Performance cycling coach

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