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Why group cycling is good for you

Throughout the pandemic, many cyclists spent more time riding alone or on their indoor turbo trainer – but this habit has come at a cost.…

Friday, Sep 09

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Throughout the pandemic, many cyclists spent more time riding alone or on their indoor turbo trainer – but this habit has come at a cost. Riding alone can be good for your fitness, but it also means you lose the skills, technique and pacing required when riding in a group during training rides or sportives.

Riding alone can also strip you of the camaraderie and competition sparked by group rides, when you are forced you to push a bit harder than you normally would. There are many unique physical and mental benefits to riding in a group – and the winter training season is the perfect time to team up with other riders. Here are five reasons why you should ride with friends, work colleagues and cycling clubs this winter. Group rides make training fun again

The autumn and winter weather is rarely inspiring for cyclists, but riding in a group can make those long winter miles a lot more enjoyable. After the summer racing season, group rides provide the fun and freshness you crave.

“Group rides can be a great way to spend time with friends and other cyclists, even if it is just chatting about cycling and the results of a recent race,” explains London-based cycling, triathlon and strength coach Phil Paterson ( @Coffeecarbsandcarbon ). “And there are wonderful mental health benefits that come from training with other people, having spent much of the last two years unable to ride in groups.” © Kathrin Schafbauer Meeting up with […]

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