Virtual Sofa to Saddle

Starts Monday 11th January 2021

Sofa to Saddle is back but with a difference! It’s now a virtual programme so everyone can join in and cycle at their leisure.

The concept is simple and suitable for recreational cyclists who need a little extra encouragement and advice on how to get back into the saddle.

The 4-week programme is suitable for those aged 8 years and above, no matter their competency level.

Exercising is vital for maintaining your physical and mental health. Cycling outdoors allows your body and mind to relax, releasing happy hormones and endorphins, reducing anxiety and depression, promoting weight loss, and improving sleep quality.

A qualified cycling instructor will guide you through the 4-week programme and be on hand to share their skills, knowledge and expertise.

So, grab your bike and join the programme.

What does the programme involve?

Sofa to Saddle is a cycling programme developed get you off the couch and onto the saddle. The programme is for recreational cyclists, no matter the level of competency.

The programme consists of two rides during weeks one and two, increasing to three rides during weeks three and four. The goal is to complete a 60 minute ride by the end of week four.

Each Monday you will receive a training schedule, coaching tips and useful advice. The virtual coach will be on hand to give support and to answer any questions you might have along the way.

What are the Health benefits?

Regular cycling offer a variety of benefits to your health, both mental and physical.

  • Cycling improves your cardiovascular fitness
  • Cycling can reduce stress levels
  • Cycling burns fat and calories
  • Cycling is gentle on your joints
  • Cycling helps improve muscle tone and strength in the legs
  • Cycling works your upper body
  • Cycling helps to fight off common health conditions and possibly lowers the risk of developing some cancers
  • Cycling helps fight depression

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to the programme, but once registered we ask that you commit to the programme and enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors and being physically active.

What equipment do I need to participate?

You will require a roadworthy bike and a helmet.

To keep safe during the current pandemic, do not share equipment.

Cycling at night is not recommended for beginners but if this is the only time you can get out please follow the guidance in week ones fact sheets.

Where can I cycle?

If you have young children, new to the sport or haven’t been out on your bike for a while, it is advisable to go to your local park, forest or green space.

If you are confident cycling on the roads then there is no better time to do it as the reduction in traffic has made cycling much safer and more enjoyable.

Health and Safety considerations to plan for before your cycle?

These sessions are completed at your own risk. Please follow Cycling Irelands, Guide to cycling on the road below.

Please follow the Governments COVID-19 guidelines.

Useful cycling related material:

Cycling Ireland – Guide to cycling on the road – Click Here

Highway Code –  https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/highway-code

Responsible Biking – Click Here

Leave no Trace – Click Here

Other cycling programmes available:

https://www.axacommunitybikerides.com

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