It’s that time of year, resolutions are being made and we’re all looking for new challenges to set ourselves for the year. A resolution for January can often seem unrealistic. Hard to follow and it can be easy to lose motivation. So why not target trying something new this year? We’ve set out a list of things for you to try as we move into 2018 – start the bucket list today.
Go for a ride with/without recording it.
Recording rides can be very addictive, but it’s a great way to find & explore new routes & track progress. Many people use the Strava Global Heatmaps to plan routes and get out and about. Recording a ride can make a big difference to this – you’ll be able to see how you stack up against yourself from ride to ride, make small competitions between friends and see all the places you’ve ridden!
If you’re already a Garmin addict, maybe try going for a ride and leaving the technology at home for once. It’s so easy to get sucked into the world of numbers, statistics, segments & data. Leave the Garmin at home and go out just to put a smile on your face. No pressure, no limits – just to remember why you started in the first place. Because you love riding your bike.
Try a different discipline.
Swap with a friend, rent a bike, go with family – trying a different discipline can be a great way to go out & have fun on two wheels. If you’re a lycra clad roadie, maybe a day at a muddy trail centre is a great way to put a smile back on your face & learn some of those cornering skills you’ve been missing all year.
Whether you love MTB or road cycling a cyclocross race could be the perfect mid point. Running up hills, jumping over obstacles & carrying your bike around. Doesn’t quite sound like much fun, although you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And just because it’s a “race” doesn’t mean it’s a high pressure environment. You can take it as seriously as you want, if you just want to go out, have fun & ride the course for a time, do it!
Maybe you’ve tried everything and settled on exactly what you want to do. But have you ever ridden with friends family? Maybe you can’t because they can never keep up or don’t think they can make the cafe stop without stopping for a pause. But now you can all ride together. Get them on an e-bike and you can ride side by side for longer – without any frustrations you may have had in the past!
Enter a local race.
Racing is a great way to test your limits and improve yourself. There are a whole range of different races for you to choose from, and you don’t have to involve yourself in side by side, from the gun racing. Time trialling against the clock can be a great way to race yourself without anyone else being involved. Local racing is a great way to support local clubs, meet new people and they’re normally incredibly cheap!
Break a personal record.
Whether it’s your longest ever ride, a weekly challenge or you set yourself a goal for the year – they can all give you something to aim towards for the year. Start making a difference today and aim towards the goal. It could be that you want to break a speed record on a certain course and a new training method can take you to the next level.
Personal records are a great way to keep you moving forward, smiling and happy. And you don’t have to be super serious to break them. Just do something today that your future self will thank you for, and maybe it’s something your past self never thought possible!
Sell your old bike parts.
Selling your old gear has never been easier than now. With all the modern technology available at our finger tips you can push your old gear out to thousands of people in seconds. Second hand sites such as gumtree, eBay or amazon market place can get your products out there easily.
You can clear out the garage that you’ve been saying you’d do for months, even years on occasion. Get rid of the old clutter that’s blocking up the space and make a few quid in the process. Just make sure you google the shipping fees/regulations first!
Commute to work.
Commuting to work is getting easier than ever. With the introduction of electric bikes you can cycle into work without even breaking a sweat – completely eliminating the need for an abundance of layers/outfits. Even if you cycling on roads, car drivers are slowly changing to be more accommodating towards bikes.
There are a whole varieties of routes & paths you can cycle to work so you can often avoid the main roads completely. But maybe once a week, hang up the car keys, avoid the morning rush of public transport and dust off the bike. You absolutely won’t regret it!
A cycling holiday can be a great way to get away from the busy day to day life. Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress, and where better to do it than in a sunny location. Whether you’re a mountain biker than spends a day climbing mountains in a summer ski resort – or a road biker than rips across the tarmac in the south of Spain. There’s something for everyone.
You can choose a location for the whole family to be out enjoying the countryside, or the family can explore a new city while you shoot of into the hills around. Maybe even hiring a bike to explore a new city could be the option for you. You could get up to 5 times as far as you can on foot, exploring areas you’d never normally see!
No matter what you choose to do this year, we hope that we can help you achieve your goals & can’t wait to be part of the journey!