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The idea that short rides are pointless is a silly cycling myth

The idea that short rides are pointless is a silly cycling myth

short rides photo – Steve Thomas opinion piece There are numerous jaded myths and theories in road cycling, most of them dating back to the…

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short rides photo – Steve Thomas opinion piece There are numerous jaded myths and theories in road cycling, most of them dating back to the era of woolly shorts and Mars Bars for breakfast… and while there is an element of truth and logic to some of them, one I can confidently say is complete cobblers is the idea that every ride has to be a multiple hours long to ‘count’.

Yep, for some strange reason there are still some cyclists out there who believe that you need to be out for more than two hours for a ride to be worthwhile, and yet that is simply not the case. All rides count, and depending on just how you go about them, they will have differing effects on your fitness and general wellbeing.

This is not a technical or scientific training deep-dive I’m about to launch into; it’s more about highlighting the huge benefits to be found in taking short rides, anywhere from 20 to 75 minutes.

> Only have an hour lunch break to get your ride in? Here’s how to maximise it

Of course most of us probably like to get out there and do epic long rides, arriving home feeling like we’ve earned our chips for the weekend, and of course there is absolutely nothing wrong in that; however, circumstances, and particularly the increasingly busy lives we now all lead, does not always afford us that longer ride time or even the energy to get motivated to […]

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