Cycling is a great way to keep fit! SportsAus suggests we all “find our 30” minutes of exercise per day. The Department of Health says adults aged 18-64 should accumulate 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous activity each week.
Children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. This is backed up by advice from the Heart Foundation, Betterhealth, the Australian Medical Association and more.
Maybe you could fit in some of your exercise while commuting to work or school on your bike!
Cycling is a fun family activity! As well as enjoying weekend rides together, criterium races are a fun family event. Over summer, there are criterium races several evenings per week, with different clubs running the races on different nights. Some clubs offer pre-race training for children. For the adults, races are graded so you will only be racing with riders of similar ability.
Cycling isn’t expensive! All you need to start racing is a roadworthy bike with dropped handlebars (this is for safety among other things) and an Australian Standard approved helmet. To participate in club events you will need to pay a membership fee, and families can join for a discounted rate. Most races cost only $10-20 to enter, and children under 13 can participate in criterium races for free. And perhaps you could ride to work or school and save on the costs of petrol and parking!
Cycling comes in many different forms! Whilst criteriums are a popular event in the cycling calendar, it’s not the only race format. You may find longer road races are more your style, or perhaps Time Trials or Hill Climbs. And whilst these are some of the common race formats, you might enjoy more leisurely rides. Cycling clubs are a great place to connect with people to ride with.
Cycling can easily fit in with your lifestyle! Unlike some sports, you can cycle any time, with the added convenience of starting from your own front door. Furthermore, clubs run various races and training sessions through the week and more races and social rides on weekends. Once you have joined a club, you are able to attend the events of any club – in the ACT and interstate.
Ride in a velodrome! Did you know that Canberra has its very own outdoor velodrome? Track racing is an exciting cycling discipline with many different race formats. Track racing does require a special bike, but bikes are available to borrow at the track for juniors. Both Canberra Cycling Club and Vikings Cycling Club offer track cycling training for juniors.
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