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Cycling endurance training

There has been a massive resurgence of interest in cycling over the past few years. Undoubtedly, this is due to an increased awareness of environmental issues as well as the simple fact that by cycling one can get round much quicker than by car. Many modern cities have responded by building specific cycling routes, which are designed solely for pedal cyclists.

The bicycle is undoubtedly one of humanity's finest inventions. Through an ingenious system of wheels, chains, gears, and brakes, one can travel anywhere and get fit at the same time. There are many different types of bicycle travel ranging from a means of urban transport to the more extreme forms of mountain biking, where one literally rides down the side of a mountain.

The great thing about this activity is that it can be done at any age, from toddler to pensioner. Riding a bicycle tones the legs, hips, and stomach and provides a cardio-vascular work out. It's an increasingly common sight to see people taking the bike to and from work, rather than driving or taking the bus. This provides a major benefit in that they exercise as part of their daily routine, which of course allows them more time to do all the other things they enjoy in life.

The good news is that there are a growing number of cycle routes, and some routes offer a cross-country option for the more adventurous.

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