If you haven’t managed to get along to Cycling For Health before, this Sunday we have our monthly ride.
This Sunday is a medium ride with a hill (but you can just get off and walk if you can’t manage the hill). The ride is on good paths not on roads. The session lasts for two hours with a coffee break in the middle so you can chat to other members of the group.
Time and Date
- Sunday 9th June 2019, starting 9am
- Fishersgreen Car Park , Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey. EN9 2EF. (Car parking tariff applies)
- Book your place by 16.00 hrs on Friday, either call 01992 564226 or book online
- Ride only £4.50 or Ride and hire a bike total £9. When booking a hire bike please have your height ready.
Information about cycling for health
The cycling for health programme is a series of weekly led rides in the Epping Forest and Lee Valley Regional Park organised by Epping Forest District Council. Cycling is a great activity that can help you get active and improve your health without high costs or high intensity activity that can leave you aching or fatigued. Furthermore, cycling is a very low impact activity so it can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. The rides take place on a weekly basis and you do not even need your own bike as we can arrange a hire bike for you.
You can ride a bicycle almost anyway, at any time of the year. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learnt you don’t forget. All you need is a bit of free time as just one hour of steady cycling a day can:
- Burn approximately 650 calories
- Reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease by 50%
- Increase Cardiovascular Fitness by 3-7%
- Improve Mental Well-being
- Increase Muscle strength and tone
Routes and Gradients
The routes are generally traffic free as we stick to bridle ways and paths. The rides are approximately two hours long and we cover approximately 10 to 15km (6-10 miles). During the cycle there is a break at a café along the way to chat and socialise with follow participants.
Each ride is given a gradient rating of easy, medium and hard which helps guide your selection.
Easy – Routes are flat and on walking/cycling paths where participants can keep a constant steady pace.
Medium – These routes will have varying gradients and may be a bridle way or solid earth paths. There will still be large sections of flat paths.
Hard – These routes are often forest based taking place on a mixture of bridle paths and trails. There will be long climbs of steep gradients. The terrain will be uneven and consist of solid earth and made up paths.
Rides will take place in most weather conditions, but they may not take place in high winds, thunder and lightning or very icy snowy conditions. If you are at all unsure please contact Community Services Reception on 01992 564561.
Clothing and equipment
We suggest that you wear trainers, track suit (shorts in warm weather) and depending on the weather conditions a waterproof jacket. You may want to bring a change of clothing to keep in the car. We also advise you bring a small rucksack so that you can safely store a rain jacket, refreshments and some money. Though a mountain bike is recommended, a city bike with thick tyres is also suitable. Helmets are obligatory and if you wish you can wear cycling gloves. Please note, if your bike is deemed unsafe you will not be allowed to take part.
Hiring a bike
Before hiring a bike, you will need to know your height or bike size so we allocate you the correct one.
Bikes, parts and accessories
Thanks to our partnership with Raleigh and Diamondback we can offer sales of bikes, parts and accessories. If you are interested in anything please contact Karen by email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
For more information contact Karen Murray on 1992 564222 or email email@example.com