Maizy Evans, an accomplished 16yo cyclist, is Bicycling Australia’s Junior Correspondent. In May 2020 she lost her father – her cycling mentor and a much-loved road and MTB enthusiast. This is her column from the latest edition of Bicycling Australia.
I have previously talked about training, racing and almost all things bike related, but something less spoken about in the cycling community is grief.
Grief can be a sensitive topic, and for many it can be difficult to find resources available to help deal with such an overwhelming process. Steve Evans was a highly-respected cycling enthusiast. He passed suddenly in May 2020. The Australian cycling community has lost many well renowned cyclists over the years, which has had ricocheting effects across many local clubs and riders.
On top of this many of us have experienced personal grief, something which impacts not only your mental wellbeing, but also day-to-day tasks and the motivation to do things such as ride bikes. In uncertain times like this, loss is not only a more frequent occurrence, but also something more difficult to deal with due to increased isolation and fear.
In this article I will briefly break down the components of grief, talk about how it affects our training and racing. I will use my personal experience to share tips on staying motivated, and overcoming that ‘when to go back to riding’ question.
Five Stages Of Grief
There are typically five stages of grief you may experience after losing someone close.Denial is the first of […]