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blow-ing up

verb, noun

Blowing up is a term used to describe when a cyclist has become exhausted and can no longer continue.

Example usage: I was pushing hard during the race but eventually I blew up and had to take a break.

Most used in: Duathlon cycling events.

Most used by: Experienced Duathlon cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Bonking, Hitting the Wall, Suffering, Cramping,


What Does it Mean to 'Blow Up' on a Bike Ride?

Have you ever heard of someone “blowing up” while they were out cycling? This term is often used to describe a cyclist having an unexpectedly difficult ride, particularly during a race or other competitive event. It can also be used to describe a cyclist who has exhausted themselves and has had to give up or take a break.

The term “blowing up” is usually used to describe a situation where a cyclist has pushed themselves too hard and has gone beyond their physical limits. This can happen when a cyclist is trying to keep up with a faster group, or is trying to exceed their previous personal best. It can also occur if a cyclist has been riding for too long without taking a break.

When a cyclist “blows up”, they will usually experience a sudden and dramatic drop in performance. This can be accompanied by feelings of exhaustion, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. In extreme cases, it can even lead to heat exhaustion or dehydration.

Blowing up is a fairly common occurrence in competitive cycling, with studies showing that nearly 50% of cyclists experience it at some point. It’s important to be aware of the signs and to take steps to prevent it from happening, such as taking regular breaks and pacing yourself.

If you’re a cyclist, understanding the concept of “blowing up” can help you prevent it from happening to you. Knowing the warning signs and taking steps to prevent it can help you have a more enjoyable and successful cycling experience.

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The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Blowing Up'

The term 'blowing up' has been used in cycling for many decades. It first appeared in print in the late 1940s, when it was used in a French cycling magazine to describe a cyclist who had gone too far in a race and was no longer able to keep up the pace.

The term has been used ever since to describe a cyclist who has pushed himself too hard, to the point where he can no longer continue. It is also used to describe a cyclist who has suffered from physical exhaustion after a race or ride.

The term is believed to have originated in France, where it was used by professional cyclists to describe those who had gone too far in a race and were no longer able to keep up. It has since spread to other countries and is now used by cyclists all over the world.

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