Ladies Evening Cycle Rides in Harpenden have been running on Thursdays - 7:00pm- 9:00pm and will continue until Thursday 18th August. If you haven’t spotted the evening rides in Harpenden throughout the summer now is your chance to catch the last couple and maybe find out more about the weekend rides that happen all year round.
Regular rides for ladies in Harpenden, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead are led by qualified leaders, and insured by British Cycling, with rides for all levels. Greens are for beginners, Blues - pushing the pace and the distance, and Reds for club training and event preparation. Join their Facebook group for details- Facebook groups.
There are so many benefits to cycling they are impossible to list, but if you suffer from insomnia it can really help. Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day and found the time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour. “Exercising outside exposes you to daylight,” explains Professor Jim Horne from Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre. “This helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync, and also rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.” They also found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Harley Street dermatologist Dr Christopher Rowland Payne explains: “Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while ﬂushing harmful toxins out.” But make sure you have put on the factor 30 before you head out.