Everybody’s writing

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As participation in cycling grows, so does the amount of research on the sport. But this writing often falls short of accurately conveying the experience of cycling – what it feels like to pedal along on two wheels, and how these experiences are understood through a complex interaction of sophisticated sensory pathways.

One place that is rife with detailed accounts of riding is the blogosphere. Online communities of mountain bikers (as an example of one particular cycling culture) provide countless, reflective, first person reports of riding. These reveal the myriad experiences had while racing, travelling and preparing for the next event. Although heavily coded with insider terminology, these accounts provide rich descriptions of what anthropologist, Michael Jackson, would call the rider’s ‘lifeworld’.

This paper discusses some of the opportunities these data provide for theoretical arguments about sport and performance. By considering the experience of riding in all its lived complexity, we can then build upon ideas about embodied action and awareness to reflect upon a wide range of other circumstances, projects and events.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Cycling Conference “Everybody’s cycling?”
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Australian Cycling Conference
EditorsPeter Lumb, Katie Gillfillan, Jennifer Bonham
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherAustralian Cycling Conference (Inc)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780646904511
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Australian Cycling Conference (5th : 2013) - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 21 Jan 201322 Jan 2013


ConferenceAnnual Australian Cycling Conference (5th : 2013)


  • mountain bike racing
  • phenomenology
  • anthropology
  • embodied cognition
  • blogs


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