Retired pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes joins the podcast to discuss what he learned about motivation, nutrition, training, injuries, how to maximize success and more in Episode 276 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • What Ben learned as a mountain biker that helped him in road racing
  • How Ben became a pro cyclist
  • What pro cycling is actually like
  • How to maintain motivation when racing against the odds
  • Why losing too much weight makes you slower
  • How to recover from an injury
  • Why Ben won more races when he started weighing more
  • What it takes to get a podium finish in a stage of the Tour of California
  • How to recognize and manage disordered eating
  • How to manage a healthy relationship with food and cycling

For more cycling training knowledge, listen to the Ask a Cycling Coach — the only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. New episodes are released weekly.


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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.