Cycling is going from strength to strength at the moment. What used to be a minority sport at least in terms of the amount of people who turn up to watch it, had changed beyond recognition.
It is perhaps because of the personalities involved. Bradley Wiggins with his air of casual but complete cool , had done a lot to help the image of the sport before his Olympic victories but it could be argued that it was the 2012 games which changed the way people look at cycling for good.
The sport had suffered for decades because it had the image of a healthy but essentially boring activity done by, you guessed it, by healthy but boring people,
Wiggins along with Chris Hoy and others changed all that. They showed the country that not only was cycling healthy but that it was exciting and thrilling too.
Many people want to get in to cycling but don’t really know how to get started. One thing that you will learn from watching the video below featuring Ed Clancy is that it is never too late!
If you have ever struggled to make the grade in your own sport then take heart and persevere.
Watch thus video where Ed Clancy discusses his entry in to the world of cycling. From no hoper to double Olympic medallist is not bad by anyone’s book!
Clancy himself started cycling late and even then hardly stood out from the crowd for a long time.
So cycling is not a sport in which you have to shine from day one or start when you are in nappies. It’s something that can be taken up at virtually any age.
What has to be recognised of course is that you have to start somewhere. It’s like saving with a bank. You might not notice how much you have until it starts to build up.
After a while with cycling you can become an expert by learning things little by little.
It’s the same with money..
A little can grow on to a lot if it is looked after properly but it doesn’t really matter when the care begins as long as it does.
So if you are thinking of getting involved with cycling the remember it’s never too late.
However before you do anything else look up your nearest cycling club and make a note of where they are.
You never know this could be the start of something big.
Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Whether you’re cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active.
Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.
The British Cycling website has more information on how to get involved in Cycling: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getinvolved