Which places love their bike the most?

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unnamedNothing beats the feeling of spending a sunny afternoon exploring forest trails and hidden paths. Or not having to hit the gym in the evening because you’ve already commuted to and from work on your bike; your workout is done for the day! Whether you dust off your helmet every day or prefer to save it for family adventures out, have you ever wondered just how many like minded people love their cycling too?

By digging through some of the latest government statistics, Merlin Cycles has put together the Great British Map of Cycling. Here you can find which regions in the UK take their cycling seriously.

How does your area stack up?

According to the latest statistics on cycling in Northern Ireland, it is thought that 28% of adults cycle at least once a week.

That’s not all. The south east and south west of England reported that 10.6% and 10.3% of adults took to their bikes at least once a week.

A few other statistics…

For the East Midlands, almost one in 10 people (9.1%) hopped on their bikes once a week.

And finally the West Midlands reported an average of 7.9% of adults cycling on a weekly basis, as well as being the region in the UK that reported the lowest levels of anxiety in the country.

London loves to cycle

Whether you live one mile away from your office or eight, choosing to cycle instead of driving or taking the bus is a great way to get some exercise and cut your carbon footprint at the same time.

According to the most recent government figures, the capital city of London ranks 5th on the list of regions for cycling with at least 10% of adults saying they hop on their bike at least once a week. Transport for London even predicts that the number of people cycling on central roads in the city will soon overtake the number of car drivers.

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  1. Top expert tips: what Cyclists should and shouldn’t eat

    A survey conducted by Merlin Cycles has shown that 49% said they would steer well clear of carbs in order to lose weight.

    This food group tends to get a bad rap, although a recent study undertaken in Italy showed that pasta – when eaten sensibly – can help to stimulate weight loss.

    George Pounis, who co-authored the report, said: “Our data shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”

    Removing carbs from your diet in their entirety isn’t sensible. They help to fuel our body and give us the energy needed to stay active. That being said, many of us struggle to strike the right balance.

    What to eat before cycling?

    If it’s a particularly long-haul trip, Florida-based sports nutritionist Barbara Lewin (R.D) told ‘Bicycling’ that a meal “rich in mixed carbohydrates, plus a little protein and healthy fat” is the way forward. It’s important to note that the harder you ride, the more glycogen (carbohydrates) you require.

    Farah Fonseca – England’s Strongest Woman in the under 63kg category – gave us some dietary pointers:

    “You want to try to make sure you consume a protein source of some kind, whether it be fish, eggs, legumes, meat or beans to prevent any blood sugar fluctuations. People are now noticing how much more affected by wheat and gluten they are, with bloating and fatigue being one of the major symptoms. Sticking to quinoa, root vegetables, brown rice, oats and rice pasta is what I would recommend.”

    You don’t want to feel bloated when you’re trying to beat your personal best – for this reason, avoid refined sugars and stick with whole wheat carbs instead.

    When to eat before cycling

    A lot depends on how far you’re planning to travel and how hard-going your ride will be. In the beginning, it can be a game of trial and error before you nail down what works for you and your goals. It’s worth it in the end, though.

    Dave Smith, a national and Olympic coach and founder of Velocity and Vitality, told us that timing is key when fuelling up for a race or particularly strenuous trip.

    “Nutrition should be geared towards what the goal of the ride is. Do you want to go as far and as fast as possible, do you want a greater training adaptation, do you wish to lose body fat? All of these can totally change your eating plan around a ride or event. A hard interval session in a fasted state may lack power and speed, but give a greater subsequent adaptation. I’ve done nine-hour rides fuelled only by a large breakfast, and short rides using gels. Consider the goal of the ride, and work back from there.”

    He added: “You should aim to start a race or intense training session with an empty stomach, which usually means eating three hours before. However, for lower-intensity rides you can eat an hour before without any problems. Generally, the more intense the session, the more important it is not to have food in the stomach.”

    Farah Fonseca added: “Carbohydrates for most people are a worry. When should I consume them and what type of carbs should I be eating? For most people I always recommend to try and keep carbohydrates after you’ve been most active or ‘post workout’. It gets utilised in the body quicker and more efficiently at that time.”

    By combining carbs with your proteins post-workout, you ensure a more exponential recovery time, allowing you to get back on the road as soon as possible.

    What shouldn’t be in a cyclist’s diet?

    Salad

    In terms of supplying pure energy, it’s important for cyclists not to waste their time with empty foods. While a salad may shout ‘healthy eating’, it does very little for a cyclist as it’s extremely low in carbohydrates and won’t take you that far in terms of energy.

    Cereal

    Although cereal might not seem like an obvious red flag, the most popular brands have high GI ratings, meaning that they won’t sustain you for too long before burning the energy off.

    For more information, please contact Jakiya Rahman on 01204 977001 or Jakiya@bringdigital.co.uk.

    Ironman Wales: Fuelling for the UK’s toughest triathlon

    Ironman Wales takes place on Sunday 18th September 2016 in Pembrokeshire.

    With this in mind, Lancashire-based cycling specialist Ribble Cycles have partnered with OTE Sport nutritionist Annie Simpson, to aide athletes when it comes to fueling for race day.

    From swimming to cycling to running, Ribble Cycles have created a bespoke nutrition guide revealing what it takes to champion each leg of Ironman Wales.

    Tackling a variety of competition types from triathlon to track cycling. Ribble hopes to inspire aspiring athletes across the country to follow in the footsteps of the professionals when it comes to preparing for a race.

    For those planning to take on a triathlon, such as the Ironman Wales this year, Annie Simpson explains why getting your nutrition right can make all the difference to your progress and performance: “An Ironman is one of the most demanding endurance events out there, pushing the body to its absolute limits over three different disciplines.”

    “An Ironman isn’t just something you roll up to with no preparation, in fact it takes months of training and planning to get it right and nutrition is one of the areas that requires the most planning.”

    The swim will start at North Beach and end on the east side of Goscar Rock. The bike course offers spectacular views of castles and landmarks whilst taking athletes through The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The run offers athletes views of medieval town walls and beautiful beachfronts.

    The total calories consumed during an Ironman sits in the region of 6000-8000kcal. Athletes therefore need to consume 60-90g of carbohydrates per hour to avoid calorie deficit – equating to 700g for a 10 hour Ironman.

    For more nutrition advice on preparing for an Ironman, please visit: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/blog/tackling-ironman-uk/

    Matthew Lawson, Chief Digital Officer at Ribble Cycles, said: “Having established ourselves as a bike brand way back in 1897, Ribble has been pleased to see the introduction and subsequent growing popularity of triathlon. As company we were quick to embrace it fully, offering a comprehensive range of triathlon and time trial bikes.

    “If you’re in training for a triathlon, or planning to take on the Ironman Wales eventually yourself, following our nutritional advice is the first step in preparing your mind and body for the challenge ahead.”

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