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Cycling

Cycling is both a recreational activity and a competitive sport involving the use of bicycles for transportation, recreation, exercise, or sport.

Description and How to Do It

Cycling can be done on roads, in parks, on mountain trails, or on tracks. It involves riding a bicycle, balancing it, and navigating various terrains. Competitive cycling includes road racing, mountain biking, BMX, and track cycling.

Benefits

  • Cardiovascular Fitness: Boosts heart health and endurance.
  • Muscle Strength: Builds leg and core strength.
  • Joint Mobility: Enhances flexibility and joint mobility.
  • Mental Well-being: Reduces stress and promotes relaxation.

Best Age to Start

Kids can begin cycling with training wheels as early as 3 years old. Competitive cycling training often starts around 10 to 12 years old.

Resources

  • Websites: Cyclingnews.com for news and tips.
  • YouTube: Global Cycling Network for tutorials and equipment reviews.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “Breaking Away” (film), “The Flying Scotsman” (film).
  • Books: “The Secret Race” by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Bicycle: $100-$1000+, depending on type and quality.
  • Helmet: $30-$100.
  • Cycling Clothing: $30-$100.
  • Maintenance Tools: $20-$100.
  • Club Membership Fees: $50-$200 annually.
  • Race Entry Fees: $20-$100 per race.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with basic riding skills on safe, flat terrain.
  • Join a cycling club for group rides and skill development.
  • Practice different cycling techniques, such as climbing, sprinting, and endurance riding.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Regular cycling 3-5 times a week is beneficial for skill improvement and fitness.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop proficiency in chosen cycling disciplines (road, MTB, BMX, etc.).
  • Compete in cycling events and races.
  • Demonstrate consistent performance improvement and cycling technique.

Famous Cyclists

  • Lance Armstrong
  • Eddy Merckx

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