Cycle 4 All

Cycle 4 All; Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park; Closed for Christmas and New Year, reopens from Tuesday 6th January 2015

Every Tuesday: 

Family inclusive Cycling, 11am – 7pm, includes free fun with cones coaching from 4 to 6pm.

Exercise Referral 11:00 – 12:30

Every Wednesday:

Cycle 4 All in collaboration with Vandome Cycles free learn to ride and fun with cones coaching, 4pm – 7pm.

Cycle 4 All is the newest and most innovative Inclusive and Active cycling club in London and the South East. Affiliated to British Cycling this club caters for all riders, and is especially proud of its fleet of adapted bikes, trikes, tandems and recumbents that are available to members to come and try; giving them the opportunity to experience various different forms of mainstream and adapted machines and cycling disciplines.

Cycle 4 All is based in the Olympic Host Borough of Barking and Dagenham at Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Ave. RM8 2JR,

Under 18 / OAP’s; £15, Over 18; £20, Family: £30, Life Member; £100.

Special Summer of Cycling offer sponsored by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham: Only £1 per person membership to end of 2014 and free cycling sessions Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Weekly sessions; Members £3 per session, Non-Members £5 per session. Use of club’s machines £1 per session (sorry, members only!). Download membership application here; C4Amembership2014

Activities; Coached sessions based on the British Cycling coaches manual and Go-Ride set of coaching exercises. Creative exercises designed by our qualified coaches. Led rides, mini-races and competitions.

National Standards Instructor training to give you confidence to ride on the roads. Free to adults living or working (or volunteering) in LBBD. £30 per hour to everyone else, so come along and make the most of it. (By appointment only.)

Karts and Banner at Barking Park

Karts and Banner at Barking Park

Call 07817 750800 to find out more.

Or email

Red Semi-recumbent trike

A semi-recumbent trike for riders that prefer a comfortable seat instead of a saddle

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Rest and Recovery

I sometimes get asked the reason professional cyclists don’t seem to need to follow the same rules for rest and recovery as us mere mortals.

As always several factors come into play when discussing training and racing routines. One of the first considerations has to be the difference between the trained and untrained athlete.

On the transition from untrained state to trained state the body will be undergoing physiological changes at the metabolic level. Increased hormonal and endocrine activity will stimulate many of the changes and the body needs time to react to these changes and establish new levels of strength and fitness accordingly. Some of the most important considerations are building up of new muscle fibres, which requires protein from the diet, and strengthening bones, tendons and cartilage, also requiring sufficient dietary nutrients.

Once training has produced the stimulus for change the body has to rest to allow the actual change to occur.

However, the trained athlete will be more concerned with maintenance of previous training benefits as opposed to continually expecting to increase strength and endurance. The phenomena of peaking is about maximising performance at specific times and if rest and recovery afterwards is not allowed the athlete will suffer from overtraining symptoms and potential burnout.

So; professionals that are riding every day will have already passed through the majority of the development stages and be more concerned with fine-tuning techniques and tactics. Team leaders will be tweaking their fitness to peak at planned times. All of them will be paying attention to their workloads to avoid burnout. Remember, what would nearly kill us mortals could be a recovery ride for Sir Brad and his mates. Even in the Tour De France, they ride every day, but they are not all racing to their limits every day!

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