Scholar Alice’s Tips: Getting into Cycling

Getting into Cycling…

Cycling is a fun and easy way to get around, lose weight, reduce stress and generally improve your fitness! It’s also a great way to see the country side, escaping the busy roads of Manchester. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise… instead of taking the bus to Uni every day, try cycling in twice a week, you’ll get fit and save money! There are lots of other proven health benefits…

  • Builds strength and muscle tone
  • Increases muscle tone
  • Builds stamina
  • Improves cardio-vascular fitness
  • Burns lots of calories (a steady cycle burns up to 300 calories per hour)
  • Improves heart health
  • Improves coordination
  • Reduces stress

If you’re looking for more than a new and healthy mode of transport, why not try joining a cycling club?

Clubs…

There are plenty of road cycling clubs in Manchester offering weekly rides. The British Cycling website is a great way to search your local clubs, simply enter your postcode to find your nearest club! https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder

Women’s only cycling…

Cycling is still somewhat of a male dominated sport, so it can be a little intimidating to join a club. If you’d feel more comfortable learning to ride with other women, why not try a Breeze ride?

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/recreation/article/20141110-Breeze-bike-rides-for-women-0

MMU Cycling…

MMU Cycling is the University Cycling Club, it’s a friendly club with a range of abilities. With a number of sessions happening throughout the week, it’s a great way to keep fit and meet new people!

Training:

Tuesday: Circuit Training 7.15-8.15 @ Manchester Grammar School.

Wednesday: Road Ride, Meet at the Armitage Centre; Fallowfield Car Park 10.30am

Friday: Turbo training @ the Students Union 8-9am

Saturday/Sunday: Road Ride, Meet at the Armitage Centre; Fallowfield Car Park 10.30am

Whether it’s your first ever race or you’re going for BUCS gold, all members are encouraged to give racing a go. The club regularly competes at all BUCS events (road race, track champs, Hill Climb, Duathlon, Triathlons ,10mile TT and 25mile TT). They also compete in the local CTT time trial league, MTB league and Crit/road races.

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For more information email: mmucycling@gmail.com or join the Facebook page.

To join log onto the Union page: https://www.theunionmmu.org/organisation/templates/sport/7140/

Track Cycling…

Manchester’s Velodrome, situated in East Manchester, is the home of British Cycling. Throughout the week the Velodrome is open to the public, offering taster sessions for just £16.00. Bikes and helmet will be provided, all you’ll need is some sports kit. The Taster sessions are great fun and suited for all abilities, I would recommend turning up a little early or waiting around at the end of your session for a chance to see Team GB train ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics!

Have a look on at the timetable to book your taster session : http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/track/timetable/

MTB…

Mountain Biking can be a bit of a faff when you live in the city. However, the Clayton Vale mountain bike trails offer 12Km of urban MTB routes, situated around the back of the Velodrome, it’s really easy to get to. The trails are colour coded, offering easy, moderate, difficult and extreme providing something for everyone. You can even hire bikes and helmets! For more information have a look on the website.

Bike Maintenance Courses…

If you’ve not ridden your bike in a while or are unsure how to maintain it, the National Cycling Centre run FREE maintenance courses! http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/news/free-bike-maintenance-courses/

Thanks Alice!

Keep an eye out for Alice’s final blog next week which will give you tips on how you can get into running in Manchester!

 

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