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Take part in Cycle September

Cycle September is a fun, free national competition organised by Love To Ride which sees workplaces compete to earn the most points for cycling and encouraging their colleagues to cycle throughout September.

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All you have to do is log your rides to climb the leader board and win some great prizes, including holidays, weekend breaks and more. All rides count from your casual trips to your daily commute, so sign up now to take part.

It’s quick, free and easy to register.

Don’t own a bike?

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If you don’t own a bike you may think you can’t take part in Cycle September, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you live near one of the 19 hirebike stations you could use the on-street bike hire to take part and help your team scale the leader board.

Or if you live a littler further afield, the free Park and Bike stations at Skellingthorpe Community Centre and Burton Waters may be perfect for you. Just park your car and grab a hirebike to cycle in to the City Centre or along the off-road route 64 network. hirebike has also added electric bikes to its fleet to help you travel faster for longer and tackle hills with ease. Find out more about hirebike by downloading the free App.

Own a bike but are a bit of a rusty rider?

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If you want to cycle but are lacking confidence, that’s okay. The best way to get you back on your bike is to empower yourself with knowledge and experience.

To get started we suggest you take your bike to a quiet street with low traffic, or find one of the great off-road cycle paths around the city or the blue, locally signed, quiet routes.

Our top tips are to first, scan your environment and be constantly aware of your surroundings (so best to avoid wearing headphones). Wear bright, appropriate clothing and safety gear and find a cycle buddy to add to the fun.

Finally, practice! The more you are out cycling, trying new roads and different environments the easier it will become.

If you still feel unsure about cycling you can also try Adult Cycling Training – a low cost training session that has three levels for new starters, rusty riders and advanced cyclists.

Build your confidence throughout Cycle September and become a cycling pro!

Give it a go and boost your health

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You may already know that cycling is good for you. But did you know just how much? Here are just some of the many health benefits from cycling.

  1. Your heart. During cycling, the heart beats faster than usual. This exercises the heart and can help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease by 46% according to a study of a quarter of a million people.
  2. Your weight. By cycling you are working your whole body, including your metabolism which gets a boost and burns a greater number of calories for hours after you’ve finished – helping you to shed the pounds and feel healthier.
  3. Your immune system. Exercise is always good for your immune system. The more active you are, the better. “Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to fight off infectionsays Cath Collins, Chief Dietician at St George’s Hospital, London.
  4. Your sleep. Cycling will help you get a good, restful night sleep. This is because the outside exercise exposes you to daylight which helps your circadian rhythm and rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can prevent regenerative sleep.
  5. Your brain. Research has found that a 5% improvement in cardio fitness from cycling led to improvement of up to 15% in mental tests. This is because cycling helps build new brain cells in the region responsible for memory.

What are you waiting for?

Sign up for Cycle September on Love To Ride’s free App or online

Show off your progress and rides on social media. Tag @AccessLincoln and we’ll share some of your rides!

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Call on 01522 782 070 (weekdays 9am-5pm) or email accesslincoln@lincolnshire.gov.uk.


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Last updated: 4 September 2017

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