MUCH of the focus at the Commonwealth Games 2014 will be on the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, where cycling champions will perform dizzying feats on the circuit.
And, whether it’s mountain biking, bmx-ing or road racing, cycling is fast becoming one of the most exciting and adrenaline-fuelled activities to be enjoyed outdoors.
There’s simply nothing like whizzing along on your bike for that rush of endorphins. It’s ideal for all ages and abilities, too: a great form of exercise and a brilliant and cost-effective mode of transport to replace the car and its CO2 emissions.
So, let Sir Chris Hoy be your inspiration this summer and get on your bike!
A good model need not cost the earth. So long as you have a safe and comfortable set of wheels that meets your needs – and a helmet – you’re good to go.
The UK has an extensive cycle network so, whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are route options to suit everyone.
Most major cities accommodate cyclists with designated bike lanes and routes, while the countryside is an ideal blank canvas to explore by bicycle, with canal towpaths, forest tracks and B-roads aplenty.
Incorporating cycling into your daily routine is a fantastic way to build confidence and stamina on two wheels – why not try replacing the daily car commute with the bike? You’ll feel better, be kinder to the environment and save a bit of cash too!
As a low-impact form of exercise, cycling is also ideal for those wishing to get the heart pumping, while minimising the risks of stress to the joints.
Adrenaline junkies can rejoice too: there are countless mountain-bike courses dotted around the UK that cater for off-road thrill-seekers.
And best of all? Most cycle routes boast stunning views make this all-round form of exercise a real pleasure to do, and a great way to see more of the great outdoors.
Today’s secret ingredient!
Cyclists, particularly on longer distance journeys, need a constant and convenient energy supply, and while a chocolate bar might seem tempting, its nuts that are the perfect fuel.
Cashews, in particular, are a protein-rich food source, high in essential fatty acids and also contain magnesium, which the body converts into extra energy.
Carry a few packs in your pannier bags for a quick and healthy energy boost that won’t weigh you down, or leave your sugar levels in turmoil.