Book Review – ‘The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology’ by Mark Beaumont and Dr Jim Taylor

The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology’ by Mark Beaumont and Dr Jim Taylor

Mark Beaumont is quite possibly my favourite 'famous' cyclist. His books 'The Man Who Cycled The World' and 'Africa Solo' have pride of place on my bookshelf; I have watched his documentaries and interviews on many occasions; and I have even ridden with and interviewed Mark several times.

Mark Beaumont is the first to admit that he is not a World Tour professional, nor an Olympic level champion. He is however the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, and with that I believe he holds the accolade of being one, if not the strongest cyclist on the planet, in terms of spirit and mental fortitude.

Considering Mark's incredible endurance achievements on a bike, and his everyday approachability, his latest book 'The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology', written in partnership with world-renowned sports phycologist Dr Jim Taylor, was always set to be a winner. 

The book takes you through every aspect of mental training: from confidence to self-talk, inspiration to focus and perspective, and consistency to conscious thought. Dr Jim Taylor prepares a Mental Toolkit for you to fine tune, repair and strengthen your mental fortitude. Mark Beaumont provides the captivating case-study on which Jim's science is related to — offering insights into his personal experiences during record attempts. 

Many cyclist spend hours developing their physical fitness, and invest thousands into the latest equipment and nutrition plans. Yet, the mind is your strongest asset on the bike, and I know from personal experience how critical it is to have a strong mental approach. 

This book supplies you with the insights, case studies and exercises to boost your mental strength: so, whether you want to tackle a longer sportive, win your next race, or cycle round the world… you will be better prepared.      


The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology’ by Mark Beaumont and Dr Jim Taylor

The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology’ by Mark Beaumont and Dr Jim Taylor


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