Beat the slump: shoulder and upper back pain for cyclists

Riding a road bike can cause you to roll your shoulders forwards, creating stiffness in the upper back, and the effects can be even more pronounced if you work at a desk. How can we reverse the shift?

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) riding to victory in Mansfield at Stage seven of the 2018 Tour of Britain. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Riding a road bike can cause you to roll your shoulders forwards, creating stiffness in the upper back, and the effects can be even more pronounced if you work at a desk. How can we reverse the shift?