Friends and Cycling: A Win-Win Situation

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Taking a look at the details, we thought that even in a social or training environment, cyclists might also appreciate some of the comments.  Here are three of the main points of the commentary:

1. “People who are anxious in social situations are less likely to fumble in those situations when a friend is nearby than when they are alone. One way this works is that fewer negative thoughts about yourself run through your head when a friend is at your side.”

2. “Challenges seem less challenging when you are with, or just think about, a friend. In the research, participants stood in front of a hill either alone or with a friend, and then estimated the steepness of the hill. Those standing with a friend thought the hill was less steep. In another study, just thinking about a friend made a hill seem less steep when compared to thinking about a neutral person or a disliked person.”  [Editors note:  How many times has a hill seemed formidable, only to be easily conquered when riding with a friend?]

3. “Friends make foes [challenging situations] seem smaller and less formidable.”

If you’d like to read more, the original article can be found on the PsychCentral website at
The Bent Fork Chronicles - Volume 6, Issue 3, 1 June 2013

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