Cy­cling is a great way to get and stay fit. First, choose the right bike.

Cy­cling is one of the fastest grow­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try and Suf­folk is a great place to get on your bike and get fit

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IT’S com­ing again – the OVO En­ergy Tour of Bri­tain will bring hun­dreds of pro­fes­sional cy­clists to Suf­folk on Septem­ber 8 for stage six of Bri­tain’s premier road cy­cling race.

And in a first for the county, the 183-kilo­me­tre stage, spon­sored by Ad­nams, will take place en­tirely within Suf­folk, head­ing east from New­mar­ket to the fin­ish in Alde­burgh, via Milden­hall, Bury St Ed­munds, Eye, Fram­ling­ham and Wood­bridge. Full de­tails will be pub­lished in the build up to the race so check the web­site to find out where you can cheer them on www.tourof­bri­

The Tour and Bri­tain’s road and track suc­cess – es­pe­cially Bradley Wig­gins’ per­for­mance at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics – have done more than any­thing in re­cent years to en­cour­age mil­lions of Brits to get on their bikes. It’s a great way to get some ex­er­cise, some­thing the whole fam­ily can do to­gether, you can en­joy it at any level, and for those who like a chal­lenge there are or­gan­ised rides and com­pe­ti­tions. Mem­ber­ship of lo­cal cy­cling clubs has re­ally taken off in re­cent years, as cy­cling re­places golf as the pre­ferred way of deal­ing with the male midlife cri­sis. For women, cy­cling is an ex­cel­lent way to ex­er­cise – a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the gym – es­pe­cially as man­u­fac­tur­ers now put a lot of ef­fort into de­sign­ing bikes and cy­cling gear for the fe­male body.

So, if you’ve al­ready dusted off your old bike, cov­ered a few miles of Suf­folk’s stun­ning coun­try­side and want to get a bit more se­ri­ous, where do you start? Well, a rep­utable lo­cal bike shop run by peo­ple who are as pas­sion­ate about cy­cling as you are is a good place.

Rob Bate has turned his love of cy­cling into a busi­ness. He started The Pedal House, in Hadleigh, in 2014 with the aim of earning his liv­ing from his hobby, but also to be a re­source to Suf­folk cy­clists, sell­ing top qual­ity bikes and cloth­ing, full work­shop sup­port and train­ing equip­ment. Rob re­ally knows his stuff, and is only too will­ing to pass on his knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to cus­tomers. The shop is the main East Anglian stock­ist of world renowned Pinarello bikes, which pro­duces some of the most cut­ting edge bikes and frames on the mar­ket and has multiple Tour de France ti­tles to its name. Both Team Sky and Team Wig­gins ride them.

Rob swapped a 17-year ca­reer in sales and mar­ket­ing with a ma­jor com­pany to set up The Pedal House. He loves the buzz of the shop, talk­ing to cus­tomers and shar­ing his en­thu­si­asm for the sport. The work­shop is run by fel­low lo­cal cy­clist Adam Cham­ber­lin who han­dles ev­ery­thing from kids’ bikes, shop­pers, moun­tain bikes and road bikes. This year they started up The Pedal House cy­cling team, which is al­ready achiev­ing suc­cess. As well as adult rid­ers, TPH Racing has an un­der-16 ju­nior team of three, men­tored by the se­niors. En­cour­ag­ing young rid­ers is very much part of the TPH phi­los­o­phy. In spring and sum­mer they or­gan­ise social rides, about 30 miles through beau­ti­ful mid and south Suf­folk coun­try­side, and they spon­sor lo­cal events such as the Gay­ford Flyer, a Hadleigh Cy­cling Club sportive in Septem­ber, and the East Bergholt Bomb-along char­ity ride each May.

The Pedal House, Hadleigh

Adam Cham­ber­lin and Rob Bate

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