Published on Apr 24, 2019 by Tom Owen

Whether it’s a special coffee request, a favorite stuffed animal or notes of encouragement from family, most professional cyclists have some kind of pre-race ritual or talisman to help calm the nerves before a big race. We got the breakdown from the pros on what they can’t do or live without during the season.

Kristin-ArmstrongKristin Armstrong – Three-time Olympic time trial champion (’16,’12,’08), two-time world time trial champion (’09,’06)



Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) – Three-time stage winner of Amgen Tour of California, Overall winner, Tour de Beauce 2014



Tayler Wiles (Trek Segafredo) – 2nd GC Amgen Tour of California 2018, Overall winner Tour of the Gila 2017


Rob Britton (Rally UHC) - Overall winner 2018 Tour of the Gila, 2017 Tour of Utah


Katie Hall (Boels-Dolmans) – Winner of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM


Krista Doebel-Hickok (Rally UHC Cycling) - Fourth GC Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race 2017, fourth GC Santos Women's Tour Down Under 2019


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Tom Owen

Tom Owen is a cycling writer who has worked with some of the cycling world's biggest media brands, covering everything from the top levels of the professional sport to bikepacking adventures in the Balkans.