Cycling has experienced a renaissance over the last year. And why not? It’s a great way to get outside, enjoy the summer weather, (it’s coming, we’re sure) and get some fresh air and exercise.  However, if you’re new to the sport, it can be a bit daunting to see everyone speeding around, and logging impressively long rides. Especially of you’re a beginner, and a shorter pathway jaunt leaves you tired, and a bit sore. It’s important to remember that these folks were once beginners too.

Here are some ways to help you build up your endurance:

  1. Ride your bike. Try to get into a consistent routine of riding a few days a week.
  2. Start with shorter distances, and work your way up. If you’re a newer cyclist, you’ll be stressing some different muscles, and you need time to adjust. Try setting aside one of your riding days as “long ride day.” Add a small increase in your distance each week, you’ll be surprised how quickly you progress! (And yes, you will get used to the saddle!)
  3. Always bring a water bottle, and a small snack. As your rides get longer, you’ll be working harder, and proper fuelling is essential!
  4. Check for local riding groups! It’s fun to have riding buddies, handy for moral support if you need it, and a great way to push yourself too.
  5. Have fun, and don’t forget your helmet!

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