Cycling, underfuelling and amenorrhea


Amenorrhea is so rife in the amateur peloton that a lot of riders – and even coaches – think it’s ‘normal’. There’s also a tendency to believe that ‘unhealthy’ habits are evident in obviously low weight. Not true.

After about a decade of switching between no periods and hormonal contraceptives, I decided to address the issue. When I stopped restricting carbs and started fuelling my sessions, my cycle came back – and I didn’t even put on any weight.

I knew I wasn’t alone in my experience, so I launched a large scale survey to understand how male and female cyclists were being affected by attempts to reduce weight – and spoke to experts about how we can overcome misconceptions to become healthier (and faster). Read it here. 

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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