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    How to Start Commuting to Work by Bike

    How to Start Commuting to Work by Bike

    If one good thing comes out of the coronavirus crisis of 2020, then it's the huge number of people either taking up or reconnecting with cycling. Sport England have reported that the numbers of people cycling during lockdown have doubled, Sigma Sport have seen a 600% increase from last year on entry level bikes, with Halfords even reporting that women's bike sales are outstripping men's. This is all great news, and provides a great opportunity for cycling to again become a popular, normal and in no way marginalised mode of transport.

    However buying a new bike, or digging the old one out of the shed, is the easy bit. There are sadly many barriers to cycling which, when you start riding to work (or even thinking about it), can make you feel very anxious or even put you off completely. 

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    Komoot x Dirty Wknd 'Elevation Game' Challenge

    Komoot x Dirty Wknd 'Elevation Game' Challenge

    In partnership with our route provider and to celebrate the end of May we are challenging you to ride the most amount of elevation you can in one 20 mile ride (32.2km). Komoot are giving away an annual premium subscription for the highest elevation gain, and a couple of 'world packs' for special & interesting efforts.

    This is not a 'who's the best cyclist challenge', it's about route planning and exploration, and about having fun! So plot your route carefully, get out on the road and climb! 

    If you wish to team up on the challenge this can be completed as a pair. If you're not a great route planner, or not comfortable exploring new climbs solo (or just want some company) then head to the Members App to find a climbing partner.

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    Lockdown Update - Find A Training Buddy!

    Lockdown Update - Find A Training Buddy!

    The UK government released its new lockdown guidance last week, which allows UK citizens to exercise outside for as long as they like, and to meet up with one other person outside their household to run, cycle or walk with. You can read the full guidance here.

    Whilst group rides and runs are still not allowed, this does mean that we can now encourage members to meet up as a pair to cycle, run and exercise together. For those that don't have an indoor cycling option, or have been working out solo for the last few months, this should be a very welcome relief!

    So we're advising members to head to the members app and find a training buddy. Whether you're planning to go for a ride at the weekend and want some company, looking for a pre work run pal or just want to join in on someone else's session, then you can find it on the members app.

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    Free Club Membership For NHS Staff

    Free Club Membership For NHS Staff

    The coronavirus outbreak has put a huge strain on everyone, but none more so than NHS staff. We owe so much to the doctors, nurses, care home workers and other NHS staff who have worked so tirelessly during this crisis. It is a debt that society may never be able to fully repay.

    However we are attempting to say thank you to all NHS workers in our own way, with free club membership for a year. As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, more and more people will look at travel alternatives for health reasons. We can help you on this journey, with advice, support and a sense of community.

    Whether you want to start cycling to work but you need help finding good routes through the city, or you have a passion for cycling and want to meet likeminded people to ride with, or you simply want to get fit - we're here to help. From our own experience and the positive changes we have seen in the members of our club - we know that joining a community can lead to so much enjoyment. Activities like cycling, running and even commuting to work, are all the more better when you’re sharing the experience with others and have the support of a great community behind you!

     

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    New Partner Alert - Komoot

    New Partner Alert - Komoot

    Finding a great cycling route is one of the pleasures of cycling. Whether recommended by a friend, unearthed online or plotted by your own fair hand, setting out on a great route is a real treat. This is also true of hiking, running and walking; there's just something special about the excitement of a new route!

    We're very proud of our London cycling routes here at Dirty Wknd. They've been created, tested and finessed over the last 5 years, and we think they're some of the best around. However we're always looking for new routes, new route providers and new tools for our members to be able create, find and use the best routes too. 

    So we're very pleased to announce Komoot as our official route partner. Club Members will now be able to access free 'region bundles' to unlock extra maps, areas and other features. Normally only available to premium Komoot users, Dirty Wknd club members will get access to these tools for free.

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    Yorskhire v Flanders Classic Race Report - Round Two!

    Yorskhire v Flanders Classic Race Report - Round Two!

    Welcome back race fans, to the second Yorkshire v Flanders Classic. After fireworks from the off at round one, cycling fans around the world were salivating at the prospect of a send bite of the virtual apple. Team Flanders dominated the first round, with not only an all yellow and black podium, but fourth place too, just for good measure. Andy Robinson came in a close 5th to save some blushes for the Yorkshire team, but it was clear they had been outclassed. You can read the full race report here.

    However, week two was a new race, and the Yorkshire team would not be caught napping again. Or would they? Stepping down from the team buses before the race started, it was remarkable how many more fans had come along to Harrogate to watch the phenomenal racing and spot their favourite riders. The largest crowd was of course outside the Yorkshire team bus, fans young and old hoping to catch a glimpse of 'Smash Hits'  magazine recently voted 'hottest cyclist in the peloton' Jonny 'The Whisper' Secrett. They would of course be disappointed. Everybody knows that The Whisper always takes a helicopter to the start line.

    Eyes were also on last week's breakaway winner. Jo Pirotte of Team Flanders was truly in a class of his own, capitalising on a perfectly set up move by his Flandrien team mates, to skip away to the line in the best example of social distancing we've seen to date. Thomas De Gendt tweeted later that night that he almost thought he was watching footage of himself. It was a dominant display by the Flemish, and one that Team Yorkshire could only marvel at. 

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