1) Watch a pro cycle event
Whether it’s an indoor track event or a road race, watching the pros at work is a thrill. Television viewing doesn’t do their speed justice – in real life they’re flying!
2) Ride your bike to work
You’ve probably got a whole ream of excuses for why you don’t ride to work: it’s too dangerous, too far, you’ll arrive all hot and sweaty etc. But try it once and see how you go. You might just be surprised by how much more enjoyable your daily commute becomes. Plus, it’ll save you money and get you fitter.
3) Get involved with a cycle club
Cycle clubs come in many different forms, from weekly road riding crews to hardcore off-road shredders! Joining a club means you’ll instantly gain a whole new crew of riding buddies who share the exact same passion as you. Often you’ll have to give time back to the club, like helping to build tracks or organising events – but hey, that sounds pretty fun, too.
4) Ride a hundred miles in a day
There’s something deeply satisfying about getting a century under your belt – and your friends and family will be mega impressed. You’re going to have to put in some work to reach this milestone though, so keep pushing out your regular rides, ramping up the distance bit by bit.
5) Go cycle touring
Get up close and personal with the sights, smells and sounds of a new region (or country). If you’ve never cycle toured before, a guided tour is the best way to get started. These take care of everything – route, accommodation, meals and luggage transfer – and if the riding gets too much, you can always hop aboard the support vehicle.
6) Enter a race or event
There are so many great cycle events taking place these days that you might find it hard to pick just one! We’ve talked about 2015 Kiwi events in past editions of the newsletter (click here for easier, lighthearted affairs and here for more hardcore challenges).
7) Ride with all the family
Pack up a picnic and head out for a day exploring. Whether you choose a leisurely cycle trail or a selection of quiet back roads, it’s a great way to get the kids interested in your sport.
8) Combine cycling with sipping
While we’re not not advocating heavy drinking and riding, a two-wheeled vineyard or craft brewery tour makes a lot of sense. Great places in New Zealand for sampling and cycling include Martinborough, Waiheke Island and the Nelson region.
9) Hit up a park
If you’re a dedicated road rider, switch it up a little. A few hours riding a park or an off-road trail could convert you to the rough and tumble. Similarly MTB fans might get some benefit from taking to the road once in a while.