Dec 21 , 2021
Cycling has increased in popularity since the first lockdown seeing a 200% rise in the sport since March 2020 (cyclist.co.uk). If you found solace in cycling back then but have found that ‘normality’ has kinda got in the way recently, here’s 10 ways you can resolve to bring it back next year…
- Join a cycling club
Every town has one! Most have beginners, inters and athlete levels so you can be sure you’ll keep up with the group. Kit yourself out in the club gear after a couple of rides and that will help keep you showing up! If you’re stuck for where to look, try We Are Cycling UK.
- Find a new trail
We’re all about mountain biking round here (with and without the kids!), so nothing gives us a buzz quite as much as finding a new track or trail to explore. We’re lucky enough to have the Malvern’s close to us, with The Ridgeway in The Chilterns not too far either.
Wherever you are, there will be a route nearby, but you can find a good one on Forestry England.
- Make a regular cycling routine
Whether that’s introducing a quickie before work with the dog instead of walking, or making Sundays all about long rides before a roast. If your mind is in the right gear, your bike can be too!
- Cycle for charity
Committing to raising money for charity is a great way to make you accountable. You will need to train for event day and people may be sponsoring you, so if you need something to make you get out, raising money for a good cause is an awesome choice.
- Get out at lunchtime or cycle to work
Working from home as many of us are these days, is the easiest way to find time at lunch to take the spokes out for a roll. However, if you run a team in an office, are you encouraging health, wellbeing and clean air by pledging a ‘cycle to work scheme’? Is there somewhere safe and dry for staff to leave bikes in the day, or are there facilities to freshen up after a ride? What can you do to make more time for cycling during the day?
- Make your own energy balls
OK, this one’s more about treating yourself to a snack than a ride, but if you’re a seasoned cyclist, you’ll get it! Try one of our favourite recipes (someone who shall remain nameless also dips them in melted dark chocolate):
- 60g walnuts, 30g milled flax, 30g chia seeds – whizzed into a flour consistency
- Tablespoon hemp seed, 150g Medjool dates, 2 big tablespoons of nut butter, tablespoon of cacao powder – whizz into the flour with a little olive oil, maple syrup or honey if needed.
Or, if you don’t like dates:
- 1 cup oats, ½ cup nut butter, ¼ cup agave, maple syrup or honey, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 2 tablespoons milled flax, 3 tablespoons choc chips, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon – stir it all up and shape into balls.
- Pull a wheelie or a new trick
Let’s be honest, cycling, especially mountain biking is about being a big kid and getting away with it! Don’t hurt yourself and your children (and buddies) will think you’re the coolest!
- Cycle to school
We’ve written about how to tackle the school run on a bike in our blog before. Mainly it’s about making it fun and comfortable for your kids. Take a look.
- Take the bike to the shop
Do you really need to take the car to grab those mid-week top ups? Won’t your shopping fit in a rucksack? You’d be surprised how many people drive to the shops when they’re less than 5 miles away (68%), but it only take 20 minutes to cycle it… (assets.publishing.services.gov.uk page 13)
- Introduce a friend
Unless you’re a hardcore cyclist and even then, it’s always better with friends. Shared experiences, making memories, comparing track ‘kisses’… It’s all about introducing something you love, to someone you love and enjoying it together.
So, what’re your resolutions for New Year? We’re going to make more time for family rides between running the business. We’d love to hear yours and any ideas you have for introducing cycling into the normal routine. Hit us up on Instagram, Facebook or even LinkedIn!
Happy New Year, here’s to many adventures…