Could the Tour Series inspire you to get on your bike?

Three cyclists ride down a country lane
David Wiggins pictured front. Photo Credit: Max Fellows
Published Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Excitement is building, with just over a week to go until the Tour Series returns to Redditch.

The event, which takes place on Thursday 9th May, offers the opportunity to see elite level cyclists and is watched by thousands, but could you be inspired to take up cycling?

In an age when people are becoming less active, cycling is a great form of exercise, offering many benefits to your health and wellbeing.

Cycling is an aerobic activity, which means your heart, lungs and blood vessels get a good work out. It also helps to reduce your risk of developing major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Cycling is low-impact, so causes less strain and injuries than many other forms of exercise, and includes use of all major muscle groups.

In addition, research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing the risk of stress, depression and dementia.

Dr Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, said "It's important that we all do as much as we can to remain physically active for as long as possible, no matter how busy our lives are.

"Regular exercise has many benefits on our health and wellbeing, including reducing the risk of illness and improving mental health.

"Having top level cyclists competing in Redditch is fantastic and hopefully goes a long way in inspiring people to get out there and do more exercise, to focus on their long-term health and wellbeing."

David Wiggins took up cycling four years ago at the age of 52 and is now a member of the Wyre Forest Cycle Racing Club. Since then he has lost two and a half stone, through increased exercise and eating healthier foods.

Cyclist David Wiggins said, "Becoming a regular cyclist and joining a local cycling club, has changed my life for the better in so many ways.

"In my mid-fifties, I'm in the best physical shape I've been in for at least 25 years and much of my leisure time is spent out in the countryside with lovely people who share my interest. I get to see places I would not have otherwise seen and my wife is never short of ideas for Christmas or birthday presents. What's not to like?"

There are many ways that you can get involved in cycling, from joining a local group to getting out and about on one of the beautiful cycle routes in the county. Find out more on the be active pages of the Council's website.