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10 New Year’s Resolutions All Cyclists Should Make

Here's our top 10 New year's resolutions we think all cyclists should have for 2017

At this time of year many of us will take a few moments to reflect on the year just gone – to celebrate achievements and to think about how we can improve for 2017.

The end of the year is a great time to think back on the things we’ve achieved, and the things we still want to achieve. So what better way to set some new challenges, then to wipe the slate clean, and begin 2017 with some cycling resolutions you’ll be desperate to keep?

Here’s our list of 10 resolutions that we think all cyclists should at least consider making…

Ride New Places

road cycling mountain landscape

A bike can take you on so many adventures, and to some beautiful places. So for 2017, try out a new bikepark, or ride a new road route that you’ve never done before. See more places and explore new areas that only your two wheels can take you to.

Go Multi-Discipline

multi discipline

Even the pros ride other cycling disciples. For example, Manon Carpenter, a World Champion downhill athlete, enters cyclocross races in the off-season and many road riders tell us their track experience helps them with handling, cadence and power. You can learn so many new techniques and skills training in other disciplines, that they often help you develop in your primary riding style.

Try something new, and look around your local bikeparks, velodrome, and riding groups for taster sessions in the new year and give it a go!

Make a New Cycling Friend

social ride friends

The cycling community is vast, and ever growing. So for the new year, find a new cycling buddy to ride with and get involved with more social excursions so you always have company on those long routes.

You could even convert your non-riding friend into a cycloholic next year! 

Enter a Race

Image: Welcome to Yorkshire
Image: Welcome to Yorkshire

It’s probably crossed your mind before, but why not make 2017 the year you really test the race scene? A lot of organisers run mini events which are great race tasters, and really good fun. Try getting a friend involved, and race together.

If you’re already a keen competitor, why not set a goal of collecting enough road racing points to move to the next British Cycling category? Or for mountain bikers, perhaps set your sights on that longer event you’ve been nervous about?

Join a Club

Chester Fab ladies 2 womens cycling club

There are so many great benefits to joining a cycling club. There’s usually always someone to ride with if you’re looking for company, you can learn some invaluable skills from others, and you’re able to share experiences and knowledge amongst your new friends.

Find a new club in your area on social media, through your local trail centre, via the British Cycling club finder, or cycling store.

Do Your Longest Ride Ever

mountain biker adventure holiday trip sun weather trail

Whether you ride road or mountain, push through that burn and go those extra few miles to get your longest ride under your belt. Don’t forget to set that Strava though!

 How not to get bored on a long ride

Go on a Bike Mechanics Course

mechanic, wheel, maintenance, bike maintenance, woman, fix

It’s important to take care of your bike, so it can take care of you when you’re riding. If you rely on your group, or your partner for bike maintenance, then make 2017 your year to learn the essentials like changing your inner tube, setting up your suspension, and fixing broken components.

How to Change an Inner Tube

How to set your MTB Suspension

Eat More Healthily

Healthy Pasta lose weight while fuelling your ride

Many people decide that they need to eat a healthier diet and reduce their treat intake at this time of year. Cyclists are no exception and eating better food will have a great impact on your riding performance.

Having a healthy and well-balanced diet will ensure you have the fuel your body needs to burn through those miles and it will help you with concentration and stamina. However, the occasional biscuit won’t hurt!

Plan to do More Non-Cycling Exercise

Blue yoga mat, two dumbbells, tape measure and alarm clock.

You can gain bike specific fitness off the bike as well as on it. When you can’t get out for a ride, you can still develop your riding at the gym, by taking up yoga, or even doing floor exercises in your home.

Cyclists require a strong core and legs to prevent injury, feel more balanced and perform to our best ability on the bike. Even if you work in 15 minutes of yoga per day, or an hour at the gym, it will all benefit your cycling performance and ability.

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Ride in Another Country

Image: Cycling Camps San Diego
Image: Cycling Camps San Diego

Thinking of planning your 2017 vacation? Why not choose a riding holiday and take your bike with you so you can explore in the very best way and maintain your fitness.

Other countries have a lot to offer in terms of new routes, terrains and often very agreeable climate. All of these new factors provide fun challenges for you and the bike.

Make 2017 your best cycling year yet and get involved in new areas of riding you haven’t tried before!

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