Fred Wright admits "Drinking became something of a habit" during off-season

Bahrain-Victorious' Fred Wright has admitted that during the off-season he tends to get to a point where "drinking became something of a habit". Forcing him to "get to a point where I feel so gross and so angry with myself that I want to ride my bike again.”

Alongside Ethan Hayter, Fred Wright has just completed the infamous Gent six-day event. After a 6th placed finish overall however he admits, “I ate a lot of junk and I kind of got into the habit of drinking, maybe a little more than a normal person. Let's just say I enjoyed life."

One of the breakthrough stars of 2022, Fred Wright is slowly starting to prepare for 2023. "The rides are slowly starting to get a bit longer, but even though the season is already pretty close, it feels like I need a lot of long rides and training before I feel really good on the bike again." The Briton says. "I think it will just be a long, slow and steady process.”

As Wright says himself, finding a work-life balance is key to a successful career. “You can't be 'on' all the time. If possible, you have to get the most out of it and find the balance. That has a positive impact on how you approach your workouts. There's no point in being half-on all the time." he says. "I feel that in the winter I need to let go of cycling completely, so that I can prepare myself again with full dedication for the classics.”

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