Festive Pedalling: 5 Reasons to Cycle this Christmas…

As Christmas draws closer, the festive drinks, hearty meals, and cosy gatherings can make it tempting to stay indoors. However, heading out on the bike can be well worth it…

Here are five reasons why you should hop on your bike this Christmas and make it a one to remember:

1. Take Time to Unwind:

  • The holidays can be stressful with the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, and entertaining. Break free from the chaos by taking a peaceful bike ride.
  • Perhaps grab the gravel or mountain bike and enjoy a leisurely ride in the fresh air, relieve some stress, and return home with a clear mind.
  • Plus you’ll get some nice peace and quiet if you choose a scenic route…

2. Get out in a group or with a pal:

  • Had a busy few months? Why not try and go out with a friend or in a group.
  • You don’t have to wait until the New Year to try out a new route with friends.
  • If you’re feeling festive you could throw your Christmas jumpers, or plan a route that includes a stop with a nice cup of coffee and some festive fuel. Mince Pies have carbs and protein right?

3. Make the Most of the Roads and Trails:

  • General Manager Paul decided to light up his Winter Bike for this Christmas and here it is looking as festive as can be! Why not light up the streets with Festive Spirit?
  • On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, many people stay indoors, creating a rare opportunity for cyclists to enjoy quieter roads and trails.
  • Finally you can get out and ride with minimal traffic, making your ride both safer and more enjoyable.
  • This might require sneaking out very early in the morning for some, but it will be worth the early alarm clock!
  • Just be sure to be safe and seen. Many trails will also be quiet, especially if you get there early in the morning…

4. Start a new tradition:

  • Make cycling on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day your own tradition.
  • Whether you go solo or invite friends and/or family to join, it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories and set up a tradition.

5. Keeping Active:

  • Christmas is often associated with indulgence and while the feasting is undoubtedly good fun, it’s good to balance it with some physical activity.
  • Cycling offers a fantastic way to keep those holiday calories in check while enjoying the crisp winter air and festive scenery.

Let us know what Christmas Riding you have planned! Will you be trying an epic new route or simply riding to the pub with pals?


  • Alex Cowie

    Outdoor Leadership and Coaching BA (Hons) Keen cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. I have been cycling since I was very young and always had a love for the outdoors. I have completed many long distance events including ultra marathons such as the Chester 100, Berkeley Marathons UK and Gravel Century rides.

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