My cycling life: Hayley Squires

A chance meeting with a colleague inspired 32-year-old Hayley Squires from Sheffield to start cycling in a bid to boost her fitness. Now she’s conquering hill climbs and completing century (100 mile) rides. One day at work I was chatting to a new colleague and amidst the small talk he told me of his love […]

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My cycling life: Keri Bramford-Hale

Struggling with depression, Keri turned to cycling as a way of trying to improve her mental health. Through HSBC UK Breeze and her local cycling club she found a supportive network of like-minded people that changed her life. A few years ago I was fairly fit and healthy, having recovered from terrible pelvic pain following […]

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HSBC UK City Ride kicks off in Birmingham

  After months of meticulous planning and promotion, the inaugural HSBC UK City Ride rolled into Birmingham this weekend. Thousands of people joined us in Victoria Square where the traffic-free ride got underway. Local cyclists of all ages lined up next to their Olympic heroes Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE as the […]

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How to overcome barriers to cycling

A mental health problem (or a course of medication) can make you feel tired, disrupt your sleep and drain your energy levels, making it even harder to get up and go. These top tips from Mind will help you overcome barriers and get cycling which has so many wellbeing benefits. “I’ve gained so much confidence and […]

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10 reasons why cycling is better than driving

There’s something about the early part of the year that seems to conspire against me. No sooner have I accepted the fact that I’m never going to use that expensive gym membership I signed up to at New Year, than along comes Lent to deprive me of the fun stuff and make me feel guilty […]

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What to look out for during the Tour de Yorkshire

As the Tour de Yorkshire returns, British Cycling’s Helen Webster (a proud Yorkshirewoman herself) looks back at where it all began, and what we can expect from this year’s action-packed event. The 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France had one low* and too many highs to know where to begin. Wherever the iconic […]

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Six reasons you should check out our cycle routes

All the rides we’ve organised over the years have been based around finding the best cycle routes. Scenic road routes, off-road trails, gentle parkland circuits – our team of route planners have hunted them out and mapped them all. Now we’ve opened the lid on our collection of top routes and made them all available […]

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How to use a Cycle Routes GPX file

One of the best things about cycling is how flexible and free it enables you to be for commuting, for fitness or just for the fun of it. Sometimes it’s great just to set out and see where the pedal rotations take you, but often it’s good to put some planning in, to get the […]

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10 great canal and river rides

Whether you’re escaping the concrete jungle for a few hours or simply trying to get from A to B, canal and river towpaths offer plenty of great opportunities for cycling.   Here in the UK we’re blessed with thousands of miles of traffic-free waterways, providing a perfect environment for novice riders, families and seasoned cyclists […]

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How to find family-friendly cycle routes

It’s a familiar challenge: choosing family activities that both kids and parents can enjoy together, that don’t cost the earth! Cycling is a great option for keeping all the family entertained. It’s fun, free, great exercise, and a fantastic way to experience the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

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