Cycling is a great sport for those people entering reitrement. Although the number of people taking up cycling in retirement is growing, we in the United Kingdom are far behind the rest of Europe in this regard. This is a shame.
According to a report on 'Sell Pensions' website:
“In the Netherlands cycling accounts for 23 per cent of journeys made by people over the age of 65, while in Denmark it’s 15 per cent and 9 per cent in Germany, compared to just 1 per cent here in the UK.”
Why is this so? Well, it seems that many older people in the UK are afraid of travelling on our often hostile and busy roads, as well as fearing injuries. Some older people also believe they just don't have the energy.
By slowly building up your time in the saddle you can soon build up your strength. A short daily ride around a quiet block can help, or if you are in a city where you can hire public bikes choose one near your local park and take a pleasant ride for a few minutes. Many local councils also offer bike training or refresher courses, so check out yours.
And whilst it is true that the roads can be hostile to cyclists, there are many beautiful, peaceful riding opportunities in the British countryside and these can be opened up to you if you join a cycling club!