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Cyclist’s Mental Health Series #1: Alison Tetrick

Cyclist’s Mental Health Series #1: Alison Tetrick

‘If you called me eight years ago, I’d have given you a lovely interview, but I don’t think I would have admitted how much fear…

Thursday, Mar 03

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‘If you called me eight years ago, I’d have given you a lovely interview, but I don’t think I would have admitted how much fear and anxiety I had in my sport, as I can now’

Many media outlets have pinned Tetrick as the ‘Queen of Gravel’, with the American winning Unbound in 2017 – setting a new course record in the process – and being a three-time winner of the unofficial Gravel Worlds by Nebraska’s Pirate Cycling League.

She talks Cyclist through her mental health journey, including studying biochemistry, spending months recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the freedom gravel provides. ‘You don’t want to tell people because you want to get hired’

Photo: Wil Matthews

Tetrick is both talented and talkative. While she’s open about her mental health now, it hasn’t always been that way.

‘Mental health is a big thing for me. That’s evolved throughout the years and being in cycling. Sometimes you hide that as a professional athlete because showing vulnerabilities can be like blood in the water to the wrong people.’

Athletes don’t have to vocalise their mental health. But it’s also no surprise that even when some would prefer to tell those around them about mental health concerns, they choose to stay quiet. For all that open conversations about mental health are becoming more accepted, it’s still easy to feel pressure to appear ‘strong’.‘It is true, you don’t want to tell people because you want to get hired. Then you […]

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