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At Always An Athlete®, we have a deep appreciation for the bike because it embodies many of the values and principles that we hold dear:

Cycling is a sport that welcomes athletes of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, there's a place for you on the bike. This inclusivity aligns with our mission of supporting athletes at every stage of their journey.

Versatility: Biking offers a wide range of options, from leisurely rides to intense mountain biking adventures. This versatility allows athletes to tailor their cycling experience to their preferences and goals, making it accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Community: Cycling has a strong sense of community, with cyclists often coming together to ride, share tips, and support each other. This sense of camaraderie and connection mirrors the supportive community we strive to cultivate at Always An Athlete.

Health and Wellness: Cycling promotes physical fitness, cardiovascular health, and mental well-being. It's a great way to stay active, relieve stress, and enjoy the outdoors – values that are central to our mission of promoting holistic athlete wellness.

Sustainability: Biking is an environmentally friendly mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions and promotes sustainability. This commitment to environmental stewardship resonates with our values of promoting a healthy planet for future generations.

Adventure and Exploration: Cycling allows athletes to explore new places, challenge themselves, and experience the thrill of adventure. Whether it's exploring scenic trails or embarking on epic bikepacking journeys, biking encourages athletes to push their limits and embrace new experiences.

Resilience: Cycling requires dedication, perseverance, and resilience – qualities that are essential for success both on and off the bike. By overcoming challenges, pushing through obstacles, and striving for improvement, cyclists embody the spirit of resilience that we celebrate at Always An Athlete.Overall, we love the bike because it embodies the spirit of athleticism, adventure, and community that we hold dear. It's not just a mode of transportation or a form of exercise – it's a symbol of the values and principles that define us as athletes and unite us as a community.Bikes are fantastic for athletes for several reasons:

Low-Impact Cardiovascular Exercise: Cycling provides an excellent cardiovascular workout without putting excessive strain on the joints. This makes it ideal for athletes recovering from injuries or looking to cross-train without risking further impact-related issues.

Cross-Training Benefits: Cycling engages different muscle groups compared to many other sports, making it an effective form of cross-training. It helps to strengthen muscles in the legs, core, and lower back, which can improve overall athletic performance and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

Endurance Building: Cycling is an excellent way to build endurance, as it allows athletes to sustain physical activity for extended periods. This can translate to improved stamina and performance in other sports, particularly those requiring prolonged effort, such as distance running or triathlons.

Recovery and Active Rest: Cycling at a moderate intensity can aid in recovery by promoting blood flow to tired muscles and facilitating the removal of metabolic waste products. It also provides a form of active rest, allowing athletes to continue training while giving certain muscle groups a break from high-impact activities.

Mental Health Benefits: Cycling outdoors can be a great way for athletes to enjoy nature, clear their minds, and reduce stress. The rhythmic motion of pedaling can have a meditative effect, promoting mental relaxation and well-being. LINK TO MENTAL HEALTH

Versatility and Accessibility: Biking can be adapted to suit athletes of all fitness levels and abilities, from casual riders to competitive cyclists. It's also highly versatile, with options for road cycling, mountain biking, indoor cycling (such as spinning classes), and leisurely rides with friends or family.

Environmental and Cost Benefits: Cycling is an eco-friendly mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. It's also relatively affordable compared to some other forms of exercise, requiring minimal equipment and maintenance costs.Overall, bikes offer a multitude of benefits for athletes, including improved cardiovascular health, enhanced endurance, injury prevention, mental well-being, and environmental sustainability. Incorporating cycling into a training regimen can complement other forms of exercise and contribute to overall fitness and performance.

“Above all, cycling is fun. It can be a great way to get outside, spend time with friends or even one’s regular teammates on another sports team”
Mountain Times

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Bill Walton

UCLA and NBA Legend

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Jenné Blackburn perfectly outlines the many positive benefits that riding a bike can have on all of us,

cycling is a most inclusive activity, it’s good for me, it’s good for you, it’s good for everyone, and it’s good for our planet,

I love my bike, and the community it creates. The bike is a wonderful tool for your mental as well as physical health.

It encourages you to get up, get outside and get going—in the game of life—always forward, and further,

like the song, FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, ride for fun, your bike will take you places that you can’t possibly get to by yourself,

your bike will show you things about yourself, and the world in general, that you have no idea even exists,

here we go, enjoy the ride, roll on forever, I thank Jenne Blackburn, and my bike, for my life

“Above all, cycling is fun. It can be a great way to get outside, spend time with friends or even one’s regular teammates on another sports team”
Bill Walton, UCLA and NBA Basketball Legend

“Everybody always does a golf outing, but you can only get so many people involved in that because not everybody plays. And I wanted everybody to be able to participate. And what does everybody know how to do? Ride a bicycle! It’s fun and it’s good exercise. A lot of times when people are riding a bike, they don’t even realize that they’re exercising. So doing that was a no-brainer to me.”

Bo Jackson,
NFL Pro Bowler, MLB Allstar