Episode 39: How Carla Francome manages to stay nice in the face of online abuse and Andrew Feather on how to train effectively to improve your climbing

The road.cc Podcast

Nov 24 2022 • 40 mins

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “dehumanisation” of cyclists on social media as well as on radio phone-in shows and in the comments sections of online newspaper articles, with British Cycling warning last week that such abuse increases the danger for people riding bikes, adding that the problem seems particularly acute in London and the south east.

In the latest episode of the road.cc podcast in association with Laka, we talk to north London cyclist Carla Francome – who has just been named as one of Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling 2022 – about how she manages to stay calm in the face of the abuse she receives online, often highly personal in nature, as well as revealing how she engages with the people making such posts to try and defuse the situation and find some common ground.

We also speak with Andrew Feather, who recently won the National Hill Climb Championship for the third time in five years and who shares his training tips as well as his specific preparation for the events – as well as providing advice on what you can do to become a better climber on the bike, whether for competition or just on a local ride.

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