If you want to make a positive change to your lifestyle in 2014 and get healthy then perhaps cycling is the perfect form of exercise. Luckily, we might have just the cycling event for you.

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and since the London 2012 Olympics, it is the fastest growing participation sport in the country, largely thanks to Team GB‘s cycling success and a wider awareness of the health benefits of regular cycling.[1]

To celebrate the emergence of cycling (and frankly to promote our cycling events like the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100) we have some bicycle factoids that will shock and surprise you. Possibly.

Did you know...?

  1. If a person weighing 11st 6lb (72.5kg) exercised for one hour, they would burn 292 calories on a leisurely bike ride under 10 mph.[2]

  2. Dr Simon Kemp, from the Faculty for Sport and Exercise Medicine says: “There's very strong evidence for people with very low initial physical fitness that cycling can result in significant reductions in cardiovascular-disease mortality.”[3]

  3. The word bicycle was first used in English print in London by the The Daily News in 1868, from the French term bicyclette which had been used as an adjective since in 1847.[4]

  4. The first practical bicycle was designed by the German Baron Karl von Drais, a civil servant to the Grand Duke of Baden in Germany. Drais invented his Laufmaschine (German for "running machine") in 1817, called Draisine by the press. It was the first commercially successful two-wheeled, steerable, human-propelled machine, nicknamed a dandy horse.

  5. As of 2009, 130 million bicycles were sold every year globally and 66% of them were made in China 

  6. The most popular bicycle model—and most popular vehicle of any kind in the world—is the Chinese Flying Pigeon, with some 500 million in service.

Mark Schueler, fundraising officer

United Response has places in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.