Cycling Is So Fun

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I remember when I was young, I had a fascination for bicycles and felt a surge of satisfaction and excitement when I used to go for cycling with my friend. We were not good at antics but used to get highly thrilled whenever either one of us tried a fancy swerve or a jump and then coming to a screeching halt. It is a sport, which keeps you fit and sturdy and full of energy. There was a time when we tried our stint at moonlit cycling in the hills and the experience was simply exhilarating. It’s something which all of you should try some time or the other.

Cycling is a sport, which may not be as popular as basketball, cricket, or tennis, but it has a charm of its own. When you watch the riders’ head bent in concentration and their feet tirelessly pedaling, you do feel a rush of adrenaline in your blood. The excitement is intense as you watch your favorite sportsman trying to swerve and beat his or her opponent. It is not only a challenging but a tough sport as well. Tough, because it requires immense stamina and concentration and nerve to go on cycling and pedaling at a consistent speed at a stretch.

If you follow cycling events closely, then make sure that you follow up the latest cycling events coming up such as world track cycling in Mallorca, world mountain bike championships, and world road cycling. You can get the information about the events’ schedule time and channels for the events on the BBC website.

Save on Gas and Get Valuable Exercise by Cycling

Saving money and staying in shape rarely go hand-in-hand. Health clubs often charge exorbitant rates, and eating healthy has never been more expensive. Fortunately, there’s a cheap and fun way to get exercise; cycling. Even if you haven’t been on a bike in ages, it’s as easy as, well, riding a bike.

Bikes aren’t just for kids, either. A 2004 study by the CMI found that the most reliable way to get to work was by riding a bicycle. How often do you see bike back-ups on the local sidewalk? Probably not as often as you see yourself stuck in traffic, stressing whether you’ll make it to work on time or not. Speaking of stress, exercise is one of the most efficient ways to relieve stress. Cycling allows you to pump blood through your body while getting fresh air, which relaxes your body and makes you a less-stressed individual.

Not only is cycling great for your body, it’s great for your wallet as well. The maintenance for a bicycle pales in comparison to that of a bicycle. The average cost per mile to drive a car is up to 54.1 cents, while the average cost of a bicycle in the U.S. is $385. If you drive just ten miles to work each day, you spend an average of $235 to get to-and-from work each month. If you had bought bicycle instead, it would have paid for itself in about a month and a half. Of course, it would probably be wise to invest in a helmet (~$50) and a nice backpack (~$50), but all of the equipment you need to start biking would pay for itself within two months. What if you live in an area where the climate only allows you to bike 5 months out of the year? Well, during those five months you would save over $1000 dollars, and burn about 500 calories a day on your way to work!

Rebecca Rows To Cycling

Rebecca Romero.

Who is she, and how did she row to cycling celebration?
It’s a great goal achievement story…

I like watching the Olympics, especially the sports where we do well(!), so was eagerly watching the rowing at the Athens Games of 2004.
We have a good tradition in rowing, remember Sir Steve Redgrave’s 5 Golds at 5 Different Olympics?

Well, one of Britain’s rowing medallists in 2004 was Rebecca Romero.
She won a silver.

Impressive?
Well, yes I think so.

A silver tends to get lost in the huge amounts of medals given out, but as far as I’m concerned, *any* Olympic Medal is worthy of note.

After winning silver though, she became disillusioned with the way the sport was run in this country, so gave it up, and after a period of reflection, decided to take up track cycling.

In early 2006 she sorted herself a practice at a track, you know those big banked ovals, and had her first self-confessed ‘wobble’ around the track.

A year later, early 2007, and she won silver at the World Championships!
She is now on course to be in the shake up for an Olympic Medal in 2008 in China!

Wow!

Obviously it’s rare for someone to win a medal in 2 sports, and it often tends to be runners transferring their skills to the bobsleigh, but it’s even rarer in the Summer Olympics, and if Rebecca manages it, she will be only the 2nd woman ever to do it!

As someone who loves both goal achievement and the Olympics, I can only wish her well and watch her progress keenly.

Her achievements have come about through setting goals, finding out how to get there, and putting in lots and lots of hard work.
Not rocket science, just effective.

So, next time you want to get something done, think of Rebecca Romero rowing to cycling celebration!

Cycling in Texas

Austin, Texas, has always boasted a highly active populace, and is often listed among the nation’s healthiest and most active cities. Cycling plays a huge role in this fitness-focused city, with an abundance of resources available to cyclists of every age and experience level. Austin’s unique landscape and close proximity to the rolling Texas hill country make it uniquely suited to both mountain biking and road biking alike, and enthusiasts of both sports flock to the city as a result.

Road biking is an extremely popular sport in Austin. Hundreds of cyclists pedal their way through Austin and its surrounding areas, taking in the scenery and the challenging, rolling hills that run for miles upon miles. Highway 360, which runs in a semicircle west of the city, is one of the most popular routes for road bikers, with its picturesque views, wide shoulders and bike lanes, and seemingly endless rolling hills. Within the city itself, there are a wide variety of beautiful, challenging road ways and routes that are dotted daily with road bikers. Mount Bonnel, located in the southwest central Austin, is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers alike, with stunning views, winding roads and steep climbs.

South Austin’s Veloway is another haven for road bikers (a paved loop several miles long that’s off limit to cars and runners); it offers unobstructed, safe riding, making it an ideal place for beginners to practice and families with young children to ride safely. Hundreds of Austin cyclists flock to the Veloway each weekend, and it’s often used as a starting point for group rides, classes and other cycling events.

Mountain bikers don’t have to look far to find a wealth of great riding throughout the city and its surrounding areas. The Greenbelt, which runs right through the middle of south-central Austin, boasts extensive networks of trails in all degrees of difficulty, from highly technical, professional-grade trails to simpler dirt tracks, perfect for an evening joyride, or even a nice hike. On the north side of town, Walnut Creek Park is another excellent option for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Miles upon miles of wooded trails weave their way through the park, with a variety of routes and skill levels.

Less than an hour outside of Austin, you’ll find Muleshoe State Park, another mountain biker’s haven. Muleshoe is home to a beautiful seven-mile loop of rocky climbs, narrow switchbacks, and steep descents. The shaded landscape is visually stunning, with deer bounding through the trees and dramatic cliffs edging along the trails. Another out-of-town cycling option is Milton Reimer’s Ranch county park. Though less shaded than Muleshoe park, Reimer’s offers just as much technicality, with miles of single track, treacherous rock gardens, and beautiful views of Texas savannah.

Regardless of your experience level, time allotment or desired degree of difficulty, Austin, Texas, and its surrounding areas offer an endless range of options when it comes to cycling. It’s no wonder, then, that Austin is home to one of the nation’s largest and most active cycling communities. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful evening road ride or an epic mountain biking adventure, you don’t have to look far to find it in Austin.