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Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder explains how he kicked his heroin addiction


Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder has explained how taking up cycling helped him end his heavy drug addiction.

Now the frontman of new band The Black Grape, Ryder, 55, openly discussed the extent of his addiction heroin and ecstasy during the height of his musical fame.

Becoming a Manchester idol alongside Rowetta, Bez and the rest of his Monday’s band mates, Ryder explained how a ‘disastrous’ stomach implant failed to kick his addiction to heroin but hopping in the saddle for up to 15 hours a day did the trick.

“Trying to quit heroin using a stomach implant was disastrous,” Ryder said in an interview with the Guardian. “I tried it in 1995 when it was still a new thing. The problem was that they withdraw you while you’re out unconscious, and I expected to wake up feeling fine. But I didn’t. I woke up and it was fucking murderous.

“It was cycling that got me off drugs,” he continued. “I’d get on my bike very early in the morning and keep cycling until very late at night, day after day, until it was out of the system.

“I was pedalling from 8am until 11pm. But once that’s done, you still have to deal with the mental stuff.”