5 Cycling ideas for the new year.
With the new year underway its a great time to take stock and think about the year ahead. January can be a long month with winter reaching its darkest depths in the northern hemisphere and depending on where you live, the weather can be wild, wet, cold or even snowy. Not ideal for riding our bike. But don’t despair now is a perfect time to set goals for the year ahead and start off on a pathway to what could be your most exciting cycling year to date.
Here are 5 ideas to help motivate you for the year ahead:
1. Why not take a cycling trip of a lifetime.
What better way to motivate yourself than to commit to taking a dream trip to a location you have always wanted to cycle. Have you always wanted to conker the mighty Cols of the Tour de France. Explore the Mediterranean Islands with their great coastal roads or climb to new heights in the Italian Dolomites, which are arguably the most visually stunning mountains to ride in Europe. Whatever destination takes your fancy don’t put it off any longer. Make this year a year to explore pastures new.
2. Sign up for an event.
Is there a Sportive, Granfondo or local Century ride that you have always wanted to do. Choose an event that piques your interest and will challenge you to complete it. The training you will put in to realising your goal will take your cycling to a whole new level. Finally when you have chosen your event, sign up early to avoid disappointment as they can sell out fast.
3. Treat yourself to a new bike.
There have been so many new innovations in the world of bikes over the last few years and its worth checking that your not missing out on some of them that might make your cycling that much more enjoyable. Electronic shifting is great for those riders looking for crisp and powerful gear changes. Disc brakes could be the way forwards if you like high speed descents and want greater control. Finally if out and out speed is what you crave then indulge yourself in an aero bike with deep section wheels. Those marginal gains can make a big difference, especially over the longer rides.
4. Join a cycle club.
If the social side of cycling is important to you then joining a cycling club is a great way to make new friends and find new groups to ride with especially at the weekends. The higher paced riding will definitely help push your fitness up a gear and improve your group riding skills. And if thats not enough to get you going, its a great excuse to get out for coffee and cake!
5. Watch the Tour de France live.
Have you ever wanted to see how fast the pros really go. The Tour de France is the pro cycling event to watch. Each year thousands of fans line the route to cheer on this special race and the best bit is you don’t even need a ticket, so what could be better. Just pitch up on the roadside for your chosen stage, then sit back, soak up the atmosphere from the caravan and fans, then wait for the action as the pros come flying through. The best stages to watch from the roadside are usually mountain stages where the riders are going a little bit slower so its easier to see. The starting village is also a great place for super fans to hang around the team busses and get close up photos of their hero’s.