Neston Cyclists Offered Safe Alternative to Winter Road Riding
|Published: 3rd December 2018 12:48|
Cyclists worried about taking to West Cheshire's roads during the winter months are being offered a safer alternative to help them stay in shape.
Brio Instructor Colin Goodman gives riders Carla Jones, Sue Hughes, Lynne Ryan and Judith Green, a taste of ‘virtual' cycling at the launch of the Cycle by Colour class at Neston Recreation Centre.
Brio Leisure has launched a series of indoor cycle classes, replicating road or track conditions, in a traffic free setting. The virtual cycling classes allow riders to choose cycle routes from across the UK and even worldwide and set their own pace depending on ability.
Colin Goodman, a British Cycling Coach and one of the Brio instructors taking the sessions, said the classes were suitable for all ages and abilities. "It is a safe and interesting way to get in shape or maintain fitness levels during the winter months, when it's more difficult to get outside due to the weather.
"We already have interest from triathletes who want winter training, through to novice cyclists who want to understand how to cycle safely and get more confidence, good posture and style," he added.
Trial sessions have been launched at Brio's Neston Recreation Centre on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
"These are completely different from other classes such as spinning. Indoor cycling is about replicating what you would do on the roads, with all the variations of hill climbs and sprints. Because of the technology on the bikes we can totally immerse the rider in their environment whether that's in the UK, Australia or other parts of the world," added Colin.
Club rider Lynne Ryan, said maintaining fitness levels through the winter months paid dividends when she returned to road races the following summer. "I did cycle indoors last winter and could feel the difference when I returned to outdoor cycling. I want to get fitter and its cold outside, so the classes are a no-brainer," she said.
Keep fit fan Judith Green, added: "In the winter you really don't get the same opportunities to get out and keep fit so it's great to be able to be inside and doing this class."
Facility Manager, Lesley Finnigan said: "We recently refurbished our centre in Neston and this included the build of our new and dedicated cycling studio which features My Ride - the virtual cycling experience with a large screen at the front of the class. The studio and virtual cycling allows us to be more creative with our classes and timetables and this is our first of many new sessions available at Neston Recreation Centre."
For more information on the indoor cycling sessions visit www.brioleisure.org.