Cycling

Get Cycling logo and photograph of people cycling

 

In these difficult times usual forms of activity are not always accessible or permitted due to restrictions on movement and social distancing. Cycling is one of the best and least costly forms of activity that you can do and many of us own and can ride a bike even if both might be a bit rusty!!

Getting on your bike is one of the easiest ways to improve your all-round fitness in a relatively short space of time. It is an ideal activity to get your minimum 20-30mins of daily exercise, increase your heart rate/breathing, strength, balance and coordination.

It's also a great way to exercise with family members and get out into Cornwall's amazing open spaces, explore your local area and connect with nature. If there is an upside to the current restrictions, then the roads are less busy, and the air is cleaner so if you are ever going to Get Cycling then now is the time.

 

 

The details...

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Cost

Apart from the initial cost of buying and then periodically maintaining or hiring a bike, you don't need to spend a thing!

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Kit required

Bike
Lock and lights
Cycle helmet (recommended but your choice)

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Opportunities to get cycling in Cornwall

With such a beautiful county to explore, there is a never-ending choice of places to go on your bike either for recreation or as part of your journey to work or school.

For some inspiration, why not take a look at some of the routes already mapped out!

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Seasonal availability

All year round.

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Social opportunities

Going on a cycle ride as a family or with friends is a great way to exercise whilst having fun and it is easily something you can do with friends.

It also offers the perfect opportunity to meet new people with various organised cycle rides taking place, and cycle groups to join across the county; or just being able to meet people in your community as you explore.

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Who can cycle?

There are no real age barriers to cycling and people of most fitness levels can cycle; slowly and gently if necessary.

Those of all body shapes and all but the most extreme body weights can ride a bike.

Anyone with heart disease or other health conditions that affect their mobility should, of course, consult their doctor before starting any exercise programme.

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Fitness level required

Any

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Potential calorie burn
(for 30 minutes at moderate intensity)

186

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