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Ong Chuan Leong

I think the ability of an elite cyclist in overcoming fear of bike crashes primarily comes down to:

– His/her level of competition experience. The more experienced an athlete is, it is likely he/she will be more accustomed to such occurrences;
– Even if an athlete has not personally encountered certain types of crashes before, he/she can develop an awareness for such occurrences by consulting more experienced cyclists, coaches, or perhaps through self-learning (e.g. watching videos like the one provided)
– How well the cyclist is psychologically prepared before each competition. For example, have the cyclist covered most of the possible scenarios through deliberate planning of psychological response to each scenario?
– The willingness of the cyclist to confront his/her own fear.