10 things to know about cycling It’s great for your love life (and 9 other things you didn’t know about cycling) Cycling is great for your love life: Not only will your body be honed, but your strength, stamina and aerobic fitness will all be improved. Cycling doesn’t only tone your legs – it’s great for your bum, too Turn back the clock without resorting to surgery – cycling gives a level of fitness equivalent to being 10 years younger Why diet during the barbecue season? Riding a bike burns about 300 calories per hour Cycling will make you rich! Okay not rich, but bicycles don’t need road tax, MOT, insurance, fuel or to pay for parking Feel a glow of self satisfaction as you tell your friends that your cycling is helping to reduce noise and air pollution as well as traffic congestion Cycling can even help you stop smoking. It’s true; regular physical activity encourages other healthy behaviour Never again wipe down a piece of sweaty gym equipment – cycling is exercise in the fresh air You’ll share a bond with Madonna – she is one of a growing band of celebrity cyclists It’s really easy to get started: CTC – the national cyclists’ organisation, can help you start. Visit www.ctc.org.uk/cycletraining for details on how you can get on your bike to a better lifestyle.