With #BikeWeek well and truly underway, our Client Relationship & Implementation Director and avid Cyclist, Paul Meakin, shares some great advice and tips for anyone looking to get into the sport, or just looking to improve their all-round Cycling!...
I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember, I think I was about 3 years old when I changed my first of many punctures. I didn’t pass my driving test until 2010 as I was very happy tootling around on my 1998 Orange X2 Mountain Bike (which I still have) 120-mile week to and from work
Finally took the plunge into road cycling in 2010, bring on the lycra and clipless pedals!! (yes, I have fallen off a few times trying to clip out).
In today’s world, you have apps like Strava where you can store and track your rides, if you’re of a competitive nature, you can challenge the local legends and try and steal some KOM’s or QOM’s.
If you are really looking to improve your all-around cycling, you can hire a coach who can load your training programmes for you to follow both indoor and outdoor.
I have completed a plethora of charity events and large scale sportive rides, 194 miles is the furthest I have ridden in a single ride, I have been lucky enough to ride the Col du Galibier, Col D’Izoard and Col Du Lautaret which feature regularly in the Tour De France, my aim this year is to cycling 5200 miles.
Cycling really is a sport for anyone of any ability, you don’t need to spend £1000’s to enjoy the benefits of cycling, it’s low impact on your body so the risk of injuries tends to be minimal but it’s not without its risks, wearing a helmet goes without saying!
Below are some links to the apps which I use to support my cycling, some do come with a subscription but you can use the free versions!