(Or at least out of bed).
We all know cycling is good for us in lots of ways: it keeps us fit, saves us money on petrol/Tube journeys, gives us the mental headspace we need and makes our calves look like Chris Froome’s (well, kinda).
It’s also a super sociable activity, that you can enjoy with friends and family – just look at those Tour de France sprint teams racing over the Pyrenees.
Now, every cyclist knows you need a few key accessories to get you going: a decent bike, protective helmet and safety bike light.
And, of course, you need some useful cycling apps to get you motivated. Here are some of our faves…
Widely considered the definitive app for cyclists, Strava does more than traditional tracking, adding a competitive edge to each bike ride and ensuring that every time you mount your cycle, you’re hoping to be better – and faster – than others who have pounded that same pavement (we also have a list of the best running apps for the avid sportsman among you). Strava syncs to most GPS devices like your iPhone, Apple Watch or other wearable.
Calling all urban cyclists. Bike Citizens is designed with the city-dweller in mind, helping you discover the most cycle-friendly routes through your city. Bike Citizens also works to promote cycling infrastructure in cities, to help get more people off their bums and onto their bikes.
If you subscribe to the notion that working out is a social occasion as much as an opportunity to break a sweat, then WellSquad – also known as the Tinder for finding a workout buddy – helps you match with your ideal fitness partner to boost your next cycle ride. Science backs this up: a 2012 study published in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine found that when we work out with someone we feel is ‘better’ than us, it leads to 200 percent increases in intensity and time spent exercising. Now where’s Laura Trott when we need her?
One to motivate and inspire, this is one of the great cycling apps that links to Strava and shows you all the soaring mountains and rolling hills to cycle along across the UK. Perfect for your summer hols in Cornwall, Scotland and the like.
Free, iTunes (from £9.49/month to go unlimited)
This indoor cycling app is gorgeous, gamified and social, allowing you to connect with riders from around the world. Cool graphics take you from an Italian villa to a volcano to London’s busy streets, and it syncs to Apple Health so you can track your data.
Main pic: Unsplash via Troy Oldham