A pro-cyclist’s fear of flying: Coping with the demands

Really interesting perspective on how a professional cyclist, who is terrified of flying, copes with the demands of the WorldTour circuit. Lotto Soudal rider Adam Hansen discusses his phobia.

“…Hansen is far from the only sportsperson to suffer from aviataphobia. There were European football matches that legendary Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp simply wouldn’t attend if he couldn’t reasonably get there by car or train; Muhammad Ali also claimed that flying terrified him. Olympic shot putter Geoff Capes even travelled to the 1976 Montreal Olympics by land and sea…”

Thankfully here in the Tarn region of the South West France we have easy transport networks to us as an alternative to flying. Many athletes and coaches are used to using ferry crossings or Eurotunnel and Eurostar, trains and of course cars. However, for coaches/athletes able to cope with flying, Toulouse (Blagnac), Carcasonne, Rodez and Bergerac airports are all within 2 hours reach for pick-ups. Easyjet and Ryannair are the most often used by UK-based guests, but of course there are other airlines arriving here.

Read on and enjoy … https://rouleur.cc/editorial/adam-hansen-interview-fear-flying/

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