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Sufferfest is a challenging and difficult workout.

Example usage: 'I'm going for a Sufferfest ride this afternoon.'

Most used in: Triathlon and road cycling circles.

Most used by: Endurance cyclists and triathletes.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Interval Training, Time Trial, Tempo Ride, VO2 Max,


What is a Sufferfest?

A Sufferfest is a term used by cyclists to describe a particularly tough ride. It is usually associated with long, hilly routes that are physically demanding and often exhausting. It is a badge of honor for cyclists to complete a Sufferfest, often accompanied by a sense of accomplishment.

Sufferfests are popular among cyclists for the challenge they present and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing the ride. According to a survey by the cycling website Strava, almost two thirds of cyclists have completed a Sufferfest, with over half of them doing so more than once.

For many cyclists, a Sufferfest is a chance to push their limits and test their capabilities. It is also a great way to build endurance and strength, as well as having the added bonus of a great workout. If you're looking for a challenge, a Sufferfest is a great way to test your mettle.

The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Sufferfest'

The term 'Sufferfest' is commonly used in cycling circles to describe a particularly challenging ride. But where did this word come from?

The term was first used in the late 1990s, in California. It was coined by a group of cyclists who often went on long, arduous rides together. They took pride in pushing themselves to their limits, and the term 'Sufferfest' was born to describe these gruelling adventures.

Since then, the term has spread across the world. It is now commonly used to describe any ride that is both difficult and rewarding. Whether it's a race or a leisurely ride, if it requires hard work and dedication, it can be termed a 'Sufferfest'.

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