Cycling is good for your physical fitness and mental health and it is good for the environment. All true, but it is also fun.
Fun on a bike comes in a variety of ways and you certainly don’t have to wear Lycra! Whether it is on or off the road, bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are used for touring, some for racing. Some to transport us to work or the shops and all of them reduce our carbon footprint. Electric bikes, are gaining in popularity especially amongst the older population. My club the San Fairy Ann CC has several riders well into their 80’s who are not ready to give up cycling and that little bit of help on hills has given them the opportunity to continue to enjoy the benefits of cycling for several years to come. I ride with an 87yr old most weeks in a group called the Wednesday Wobblers, he said that he might think about an electric bike for his 90thbirthday!
So it doesn’t matter what your age is, cycling is for everyone. The Maidstone Leisure Trust can give clubs and organisations in the Maidstone area, who promote a sport or similar leisure activities, a small grant to help them build their club. Cycling is most certainly included, so we are here to help. Details of how to apply for bursaries can be found on our Trust website http://www.maidstoneleisure.org.
Cycling events for the elite and the beginner alike are available in our local area and these can be located on-line. Some long distance events such as sportives are usually quite challenging. However, many charities run cycling events aimed at beginners as well as the more experienced. Distances can range between 30km and 100Km. They invariably include a route that is enjoyable and not too arduous. The primary aim is for the riders to raise funds for the charity but they are also fun to do.
Occasionally, cyclists think up their own event and set it up as a fund raising challenge. For example, three of our Trustees, who happen to also be Rotarians belonging to Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club, will take part in a 9 day, 370 mile charity bike ride from Maidstone to Land’s End. Not only that, two will ride a tandem pulling a trailer! Another two colleagues will accompany them each on their own bicycles. The cyclists’ average age is nearly 70 yrs. They intend to demonstrate, using a major challenge, that age is no barrier to keeping fit. Full details of the event and how to donate can be found in our event website:
So if you are young or old, experienced or a beginner, The Maidstone Leisure Trust want to encourage more people to be active on a bike. You don’t have to ride all the way to Land’s End, just a short journey on a regular basis for up to about 5 miles, will help keep you fit and healthy.
So why not give it a try.
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