There are a wide range of activities based on the bicycle, ranging from
casual riding for pleasure to road racing, time trials and BMX.
details can be obtained from the various specialist organisations
cycling is often done as an
informal form of exercise.
Most cycling is on general roads and
tracks but the more formal activities involve special tracks and
Bicycle Polo Association of GB 0208 656 9724
British Cycling Federation www.bcf.uk.com/
British Cycling Federation Cycling Speedway Commission 01508 493880
British Cyclo-Cross Association www.cyclo-cross.co.uk/
Cyclists Touring Club www.ctc.org.uk/
Mountain Biking Information for the UK www.bikinguk.net/
Road Time Trials Council www.rttc.org.uk/
UK Mountain Bikers' Webring www.knarly.free-online.co.uk/ukmtbring.html
UK Mountain Bikes Resources www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/nealet/bikes.html
For a guide to resources available
for different activities, see the US site www.biking.com
CT & C (Cycle Touring & Campaigning)
MBR (Mountain Bike Rider)
Mountain Biker International
Mountain Biking UK
Ride BMX Magazine
Total Mountain Bike
Find a local cycling group
or club (see organisations above).
See if your local group
has introductory sessions or other special events.
Consult books or magazines
on different types of cycling.
Check in your local library/paper
or sports centre for more information.
Skills and people
It is easy to learn how to handle a
bike and the degree of energy and effort required can vary
greatly. So cycling is an activity suited to people of all ages
and abilities and both sexes.
You can cycle on your own and at times of your own
choosing. But some people like to join a cycling club or group for
the company and stimulus when riding and afterwards.
It is better if the people you
cycle with are have roughly
the same degree of physical fitness and energy as yourself.
Most of the
more formal types of cycling are done as part of a club.
Equipment or clothing
A cycle is obviously essential
equipment, and they can range widely in quality
Special cycles are designed for different types of racing
and all terrain or mountain bikes with a large number of gears are a
Serious cyclists may wear special clothing and
A place or facilities
No special facilities are needed for cycling though it is often
desirable to find cycle paths or trails away from the more crowded
A national network of cycle
routes is currently being set
Special facilities for speed cycling and the like are usually
found in some larger sports centres.