• The Midlife Cyclist

  • The Road Map for the +40 Rider Who Wants to Train Hard, Ride Fast and Stay Healthy
  • By: Phil Cavell
  • Narrated by: Phil Cavell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Midlife Cyclist by Phil Cavell, read by Phil Cavell.

Renowned cycling biomechanics pioneer Phil Cavell explores the growing trend of middle-aged and older cyclists seeking to achieve high-level performance. Using contributions from leading coaches, ex-professionals and pro-team doctors, he produces the ultimate manifesto for mature riders who want to stay healthy, avoid injury - and maximise their achievement levels.

Time's arrow traditionally plots an incremental path into declining strength and speed for all of us. But we are different to every other generation of cyclists in human history. An ever-growing number of us are determined to scale the highest peaks of elite physical fitness into middle-age and beyond. Can the emerging medical and scientific research help us achieve the holy triumvirate of speed and health with age?

The Midlife Cyclist offers a gold standard roadmap for the mature cyclist who aims to train, perform and even race at the highest possible level.

©2022 Phil Cavell (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"I am blown away by the level of detail Phil Cavell brings to his work." (Elinor Barker MBE, multiple world champion and Olympic gold medallist)

"An amazing accomplishment...a simple-to-understand précis of your midlife as a cyclist - you won't want to put it down." (Phil Liggett, TV cycling commentator)

"Phil is eminently qualified to write The Midlife Cyclist. Well, he is certainly old enough." (Fabian Cancellara, Tour de France rider and two-time Olympic champion)

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Learned a lot about aging, not just as a cyclist

I have to admit, while curious, I learned a lot about aging, and not just as a cyclist. I'm glad that I got the opportunity to give this a listen. Life, IMHO, is al about learning. I'm glad for the experience and to be able to por this into practice.

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Must read

This was a very insightful read. Riders over and under 40 should read this book.

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If the Title Describes You, Buy This Book

Fantastic collection of wisdom and science for we cyclists over 40. It’s enlightening and motivating for cycling and health. I also bought a Kindle copy for the section on bike fit adjustments for specific aches and pains. Just wish I could go on a ride (and have a drink) with Mr. Cavell.

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Excellent and Enjoyable Cycling Book

This was a really excellent and enjoyable cycling book for the avid cyclists, as well as amateur racers, and pros. It's for over 40, but it should be read, (or listened to), by younger cyclists as well, especially those approaching midlife.

Certain parts of it can be fairly detailed and in depth, but if you pay close attention anyone can understand it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-22

Excellent, detailed and insightful

Phil delivers his own story in a binary and articulate manner covering all topics with clarity and exceptional detail. An educational and eye opening, candid listen. You will learn from listening to Phil.

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  • HardToPlease
  • 06-22-22

A Must Read For Anyone over 40!

Absolutely brilliant audiobook, packed with insightful information gained over a long and varied career. I’ve changed the way I think about my training completely. I’m 55 and hope to continue riding the rest of my life.

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  • Graham
  • 05-13-22

Excellent - really informative

Really enjoyable and informative listen and do good to hear it narrated by the author

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  • Matt
  • 04-26-22

Brilliant book

What a fantastic book. Full of information which I will assimilate into my training. Thank you so much.

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  • Graham Crowther
  • 03-13-22

Great Read

Great read knocking 50 and it's helped me understand and change my training pattern

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  • 07-16-22

Ver well rounded book

As somone who just keeps up with real cyclists, much enjoyed this book. It really covers all bases

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