National Bike Week - get involved

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Cycling is a fabulous way to get fit, enjoy your surroundings and have fun with the family, and thanks to Olympic glory and the Wiggins effect, it's rarely been more popular.

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As a low-impact form of exercise, its appeal is wide-ranging since everyone from toddlers to pensioners can take part. It is also a great way to burn calories (around 650 per hour of riding) tone up those legs and bums, and improve your cardiovascular fitness.

If you've yet to venture out on two wheels, however, now is the time to do it, because 15 to 23 June is Bike Week.

In 2012, almost half a million people took part in this celebration of all things cycling, and it is hoped many more will get back in the saddle this summer, whether for fun, competition or simply as a mode of environmentally-friendly transport. So why not get involved?

Up and down the UK, events will be taking place, ranging from commuter challenges to cycling skills training, and rides for all ages and abilities. And that's by no means all that will be happening. Some of the unusual events include themed rides, cycle speed dating, and bike breakfasts.

Furthermore, if you've been inspired by last year's goings on and have a fabulous idea of your own, you can register your event at the Bike Week website, and take advantage of free support and advice on making your cycling shindig a success. As an organiser, you'll also get public liability insurance, promotional materials, national publicity and website tools, all for free.

The website is also packed with hints and tips, where and what kind of bike to buy, and advice on organising or taking part in an event, or simply practical tips on cycle training or getting out on the road. So join the party and get pumped up for Bike Week - you might just find fitness is fun after all.

For more information on how to get involved and events taking place, visit www.bikeweek.org.uk.

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