There are many reasons why cycling has an enduring appeal... and it's not just the excuse to eat cake
A love of cycling can be a personal thing. Some love it for the freedom, some for the personal challenge, and others for the opportunity to make new friends.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers what they most loved about cycling, and we present a selection of the answers here, in association with B’Twin.
What do you most love about cycling? Tell us in the comment box below.
For me, it’s timeless freedom. When I am gliding along I am out in the world and in a state of mind I can’t get to in other ways.
The striving. Always challenging yourself. Getting stronger. Enjoying pulling the group and being strong. Finding the perfect mix on a flat of cadences and power for long delivered outputs. I love riding my bike!
Exploring. Taking new and different roads and getting to see different aspects of a place. It’s also a great way to sightsee!
What I love about cycling is its ability to cleanse my head of everything going on in life, good or bad. When I’m in the saddle, it’s all about the ride.
A sense of sporting achievement, which is only really limited by yourself. I’m riding 220 miles at the weekend, over two days — something I would never even have thought was possible a few years ago.
Bike building, especially if you build the wheels. The sense of adrenaline and achievement in racing is heightened when you’ve bolted it all together yourself.
Cycling is meditation on two wheels, taking in everything around you, without the distractions of 21st century life.
The freedom, the fun, the friendships and obviously the cake.
Mastering the art of shaving your legs without cutting yourself. It took me four years.
I love the wind in my face. It just feels different on a bike, when you are the one making it.
Going out and specifically targeting mates’ KOMs on Strava!
Going down hills, obviously…
The escapism. You get just the right amount of time to think about stuff going on in your life…
Being able to trough cake with total impunity.
That I can ride on the same roads the pros do.