Josh Croxton's gear of the year 2020

Josh Croxton gear of the year
(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

Hello and welcome to my pick of favourite cycling tech from 2020. Here, you'll learn a little bit about me, why I ride, the types of cycling I enjoy, and that should all be reflected in my picks of products that I liked the most in 2020. Some will simply be the things I got the most use out of, others are included for their merit on how impressive they are at what they do, and others helped to restore a sense of purpose to what could otherwise have felt like an aimless year of cycling.

I certainly won't be alone in finding 2020 a year in which everything was a little different, however despite the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, I look back on 2020 as one of my best. This time last year, I found myself trying to figure out exactly why I enjoyed cycling. For years, it had been about performance; training and racing were my outlets and it became a huge part of my identity. However, in training for the 2019 season, I took things too seriously, had a (thankfully brief) brush with an eating disorder and burned myself out. Throughout the spring, I was going through the motions; racing because "that's who I am" and training because "that's what I do". It affected many things off-the-bike including relationships and mental health and a new job at Cyclingnews was the new focus I needed. My passion as a racer was waning, but my passion for cycling was still very much there. 

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