With Brits like Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Deignan at the top of the sport in recent years, cycling has never been more popular in this country. But you don’t have to be the next Tour de France winner to get the benefits of going out for a spin.
Is Cycling for me?
You may not have ridden a bike since you were a child, but if you remember the old saying, “It’s like riding a bike” you could be back in the saddle in no time! With plenty of cycle hire and borrowing options, you don’t even need to worry if you don’t own a bike.
What are the benefits of Cycling?
- Release endorphins that can reduce stress
- Build muscle and core strength
- Increase your social circle by joining a cycling club
- Reduce traffic pollution and help the environment
- Enjoy the great outdoors
- Get to know new parts of the city
- Increased cardio can encourage better sleep patterns
Cycling is the perfect way to improve your fitness and #BeActive by enjoying low impact cardio. It’s suitable for all levels whether you want a relaxing country ride or want to take part in challenges as part of a group. There are some fantastic local organisations providing adapted bikes for people with disabilities making cycling an inclusive option too.
If you don’t have a bike, you can hire a city bike at various points across the city and some groups such as HSBC Breeze have bikes available to lend out for rides. If you own your own bike, there are plenty of groups to join (even one where you can get a free beer at the end!)