Ben Gibbons

Ben Gibbons

Deputy Editor at BikeTips

Ben is an avid cyclist, splitting his time between his road and mountain bike. He is a particular fan of XC ultra-endurance biking, but nothing beats bikepacking with his mates.

Ben has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, French Alps, and the Pyrenees, ticking off as many iconic cycling mountains as he can find. He currently lives in the Picos de Europa of Spain’s Asturias region, a stone’s throw from the legendary Altu de L’Angliru – a spot that allows him to watch the Vuelta a España roll past his doorstep each summer.

As a qualified sports massage therapist and personal trainer with eight years of experience in the field, Ben plays a leading role in BikeTips’ injury and recovery content.

Ben’s latest articles:

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Can Pregnant Women Ride Bikes? Everything You Need To Know About Bike Riding While Pregnant

Pregnancy is a time of massive change, and this comes with a lot of excitement …

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Is Cycling Every Day Too Much? How Often Should You Cycle

If you’ve succumbed to the infectious allure of cycling, you know the routine – waking …

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Giro d’Italia 2024 Route: Stage By Stage Analysis

The eagerly anticipated Giro d’Italia 2024 route has been revealed. Unlike the eye-watering Tour de France or Vuelta routes, this year’s course appears more balanced, which may foster more aggressive racing and attract grand tour superstars.

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The Wall, Manayunk: America’s Most Iconic Climb

In the heart of Philadelphia, nestled along the Schuylkill River, there lies a stretch of road that has found itself a special place in cycling folklore – the infamous ascent known simply as “The Wall” in Manayunk. From the inception of the Philadelphia International Championship to the legendary battles fought by cyclists like Greg Henderson and Lance Armstrong, this steep, winding climb has etched its place in the history of American cycling, weaving tales of triumph, agony, and sheer determination.

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Cycling Knee Pain: Everything You Need To Know

For many, myself included, cycling is a passion, a lifestyle, and a vital way of …

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Vuelta a España 2024 Route Revealed: A Climber’s Dream Race

The Vuelta a España 2024 route was revealed in Madrid last week – and if you’re a sprinter or a die-hard fan of a sprint-focused team, you’re going to hate it. Prepare for an unforgettable spectacle as the world’s top cyclists compete for glory in this thrilling edition of the Vuelta a España.

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Fasted Workouts for Cyclists: Everything You Need To Know

Fasted training, or “fasted cardio,” involves engaging in exercise on an empty stomach, usually in the morning, following an overnight fast. In this in-depth analysis, I’ll explore the essential knowledge you need about fasted workouts for cyclists, delving into the science, pros and cons, and who should consider incorporating this approach into their training regimen.

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Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Bike Camping

Bike camping combines the freedom of backpacking and the enjoyment of cycling into one adventurous traveling experience. Having completed countless bike camping trips all over Europe and beyond, I’m here to share the lessons and experiences I’ve picked up along the way to help you have a great first adventure for yourself!

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The Effects of Cycling on Body Shape, Explained by a Strength & Conditioning Coach

Cycling is an incredibly popular form of low-impact cardiovascular exercise, which not only offers an …

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How To Train For A Triathlon: Comprehensive Guide

Learning how to train for a triathlon can be daunting. A complete training program should include well-adapted training frequencies, training philosophies, and nutrition strategies. If you’re considering participating in a triathlon, but don’t know where to start, have no fear! We’ve got you covered.

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Does Cycling Build Muscle – And What Muscles Does Biking Work?

In short: Yes, cycling does build muscle. However, it’s arguably more important to understand how and why cycling builds muscle, which muscle groups cycling works, and – equally importantly – which ones it doesn’t.

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Muscle Imbalances and Cycling: Essential Tips for Strengthening and Injury Prevention

As an experienced personal trainer and sports massage therapist, I have witnessed firsthand the impact …

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Pogačar completes historic hat-trick at Il Lombardia with epic solo attack

Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates made history by securing his third consecutive Giro di Lombardia victory with a remarkable solo performance. Il Lombardia is the final opportunity for riders to make their mark before the season concludes, and Pogačar did just that, beating a stellar field of experienced riders.

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SRAM MTB Groupset Hierarchy (Eagle): Ultimate Guide

SRAM mountain bike groupset components are consistently ranked among the best of the best ever since they shrugged off tradition and redesigned drivetrains. To help you get to grips with the SRAM MTB groupset hierarchy, we’ll be walking you through each one.

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Is Cycling Good For SI Joint Pain?

Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain can be a real pain in the backside, leaving you possibly unable to cycle for weeks – or, in some cases, months. SI-related issues may be related to cycling for riders; in others, cycling may help alleviate or heal symptoms. But that leaves many cyclists wondering: Is cycling good for SI joint pain?

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Vuelta a España 2023: Sepp Kuss Protected as Evenepoel Shines in Stage 18 Solo Win

A resilient and determined Remco Evenepoel dominated the day, conquering each summit as it arose, sealing the KOM competition atop La Cruz de Linares. However, the biggest question hanging over the day after the Stage 17 drama was whether Sepp Kuss’ red jersey would be attacked by his Jumbo-Visma teammates, Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič.

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Alto de L’Angliru: The “Inhuman” Beast of the Vuelta a España

The Alto de L’Angliru deserves its reputation as the most brutal climb in professional cycling. Often referred to simply as “The Angliru”, it’s a mythical mountain pass in the La Vega-Riosa region of Asturias, part of the Sierra del Aramo range of northern Spain’s Cantabrian Mountains.

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Vuelta A España 2023: Jonas Vingegaard Reigns Supreme In Jumbo-Visma Stage 13 Masterclass

Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line in first, laying down a dazzling performance in his favorite …

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Vuelta a España 2023: Remco Evenepoel Injured in Freak Crash After Brilliant Stage 3 Win

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) launched a blistering attack on the final hairpin of the mighty Arinsal, …

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Vuelta a España 2023: Torrential Triumph for DSM-Firmenich in Stage 1 Time Trial

In a thrilling display of strength and teamwork, the Dutch powerhouse DSM-Firmenich defied the onslaught of torrential rain to secure a stunning victory on the opening stage of the Vuelta a España.

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Vuelta a España 2023 Start List: Teams + Riders In Full

The Vuelta a España 2023 start list has a star-studded lineup, with certain teams arriving with depth, experience, and talent – while others will be arriving with a slightly underwhelming set of riders for the race.

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Vuelta a España Bikes 2023: Bikes and Equipment for Every Team

In this article, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the bikes and components used by the Vuelta a España 2023 teams. We’ll delve into the sea of lightweight carbon frames, electronic groupsets, and deep-rim wheels, shining some light on what each pro team uses.

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Will Cycling 1 Hour A Day Help You Lose Weight?

Cycling is an efficient, low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise and is a great tool to utilize when it comes to burning calories. Today we will discuss the science of cycling and its role in weight loss, the pros and cons of cycling 1 hour a day for weight loss, and the other health implications.

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UCI World Championships 2023: van der Poel Soloes To Victory Despite Crash

Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel showcased an incredible display of resilience after a dramatic crash to secure victory in the men’s road race at the Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, solidifying his legendary status in the sport.

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Race Across America: Everything You Need To Know About An Ultra-Endurance Icon

The Race Across America (RAAM) is a grueling ultra-endurance bicycle race that takes participants on an epic expedition across the United States. The race traverses approximately 4800 km (3000 miles) from the west coast of America to the east as fast as your legs will carry you!

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Bikepacking The Colorado Trail: What To Know Before You Go

Biking the Colorado Trail is a bucket list adventure for any daring bikepacker willing to take it on. This 500-mile trail takes you through some of the most breathtaking tracks in the Rocky Mountains, with majestic peaks, glistening streams, and vibrant wildflowers at every turn. Don’t get it twisted; it’s not all beautiful wildflowers, this is no easy ride!

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Land’s End to John o’Groats Cycle Guide: Everything You Need To Know About The LEJoG Route

Thinking of cycling the length of the UK? Well, look no further. Whilst we can’t …

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Ultimate North Coast 500 Cycle Guide

Thinking of bikepacking the North Coast 500 cycle route? The North Coast 500 is an unforgettable adventure that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes Scotland has to offer. You’ll encounter incredible wildlife, stunning scenery, and charming towns and villages, all while challenging yourself physically and mentally. If you’re up for an adventure, this is one route you won’t want to miss.

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What Is Downhill Mountain Biking? Everything You Need To Know

With enormous jumps, steep drops, and head-to-toe body armor, downhill mountain biking is one of the most exciting and dangerous disciplines in the sport of cycling. Expect to witness high speeds and narrow passages, with riders carving down mountains or through tightly packed urban cities.

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Mount Evans Scenic Byway: Ultimate Cyclist’s Guide to the Highest Paved Road in the USA

Attempting to ride the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is no joke. The road is the highest paved road in the USA, and as such, it will present unique challenges to anyone looking to tackle it.

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Haute Route Alps 2023: The Ultimate Amateur Bike Race

The Haute Route Alps is fast making a name for itself as the most challenging amateur cycling race in the world. The Haute Route Series feature 3, 5, and 7-day cycling events, which will bring a tear to the eye of most seasoned riders. Eleven years since they began, these multi-day stage races have it all; monumental mountains, famous climbs, and fellow riders from all over the world.

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Mont Ventoux: Ultimate Cyclist’s Guide

A brutally steep mountain that pierces the Provence countryside, Mont Ventoux is an outlier that can be seen for miles, disrupting the scenic rolling hills and picturesque vineyards. Also known as “Giant of Provence”, it’s a worthy challenge for any cyclist and home to some of the sport’s richest history, and should not be underestimated.

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The Hautacam Climb: Ultimate Cyclist’s Guide

The Hautacam is a sensational climb and one on the bucket list of many cyclists due to its infamous history and testing gradients. Although it is not as long as nearby behemoths such as the Col du Tourmalet, it still packs a punch. It is well known for boasting an abundance of steep gradients, which are littered at random points throughout the climb.

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Col du Galibier: Ultimate Cyclist’s Guide

Planning on cycling the Col du Galibier? It’s an epic feat that should not be underestimated. Though not the steepest climb, it is one of the longest, a seemingly never-ending battle of attrition that will slowly eat away at your legs.

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Gospel Pass: Cycling Guide to the Highest Road in Wales

Gospel Pass lies within the Black Mountains in Brecon Beacon National Park, between Hay-on-Wye and the Stanton. The climb may not be as long or steep as other famous climbs in the UK, such as Hardknott Pass or Bealach-Na-Ba, but it is certainly beautiful, with panoramic vistas and lush green mountains as far as the eye can see. Gospel Pass is Wales’s highest road and one of the great climbs in British cycling.

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Britain’s Greatest Climb: Ultimate Guide to Cycling Bealach-Na-Ba (Applecross Pass)

Planning on cycling Bealach-Na-Ba? It’s an epic feat that should not be underestimated. It is …

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The Hardknott Pass Cycle Route: Britain’s Toughest Climb

So you want to cycle Hardknott Pass? Nestled deep within the Lake District, situated between …

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1x Drivetrains For Bikes: What’s The Benefit?

1x drivetrains seem to be growing in popularity with every passing year. Bicycles traditionally feature …

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What Is A Crit In Cycling? The Complete Guide To Criteriums – And How To Prepare For One

Criterium bike races – also known as “crits” – are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Tearing …

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Alpe d’Huez: The Tour de France’s Most Intimidating Climb

Conquering Alpe d’Huez is often top on the bucket list of anyone who has fallen …

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Ultimate SRAM Groupset Guide: Road Bike Edition

Though younger than its major rivals Shimano and Campagnolo, SRAM has fully established itself with …

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What Was The Bike Boom – And Why Did It Matter?

From the mid-’60s to the early ’70s, the US experienced an unprecedented explosion in cycling …