Pitlochry Cycling information in and around Pitlochry including the towns of Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld, and Kinloch Rannoch.
There area boasts a number of specialist cycle businesses :-
Highland Safaris at Weem offers bikes for hire. An off road circuit for the younger member of the family. A 'drop at the top' service, where you are transported with your bike to the top of the glen. All you do is cycle back, importantly mostly downhill, in the midst of wonderful highland scenery.
Blair Atholl Bike Hire is one of the best areas for off road cycling in Scotland. Atholl Estates has numerous off road routes suitable for all abilities. Blair Castle Caravan Park sells a trail guide which you will find invaluable.
Pitlochry has Escape Route and Dunkeld there is Base Camp Bikes.
The Pitlochry area is best known for the 81 mile closed route event Etape Caledonia which started life back in 2007. Twelve years on and with more events offering closed road cycle events the event is struggling to attract the interest it once did.
Watch a short intro then probably some of the best footage of the cycle leap off the bridge. (2mins 18 secs). Adam Flint of Progression Bikes, jumping off the Garry Bridge at the Pass of Killiecrankie, 2 miles north of Pitlochry. The leap was organised for the 28th February, as 2012 was a leap year – the idea was leaping in to the extra February day 29th.
The known benefits of cycling:-
- Cycling improves mental well-being - cycling releases adrenalin and endorphins, from the outdoor physical exercise.
- Cycling can promote weight loss - cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and ride. If you’re serious about burning fat, you could do a morning ride fasted.
- Cycling builds muscle, particularly around the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves. Muscle is leaner than fat, and people with a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories even when sedentary. You will develop a nice toned derriere.
- Cuts heart disease and cancer risk - researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years. They found that cycling to work reduces the risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.
- Cycling is low impact - when compared to jogging, cycling is not weight bearing. Whilst cycling is less likely to result in an overuse injury, they can still crop up. The lack of weight bearing means it’s a good idea to add a little strength training in to your programme.
- Better sleep - tiring yourself out on the bike will improve your sleep. Researchers found that a drop in fitness of 2 per cent for men and 4 per cent for women resulted in sleep problems.
- Boost your brain power - during exercise, cyclists’ blood flow in the brain rose by 28 per cent, and up to 70 per cent in specific areas. Interestingly some the areas, the blood flow remained up by 40 per cent even after exercise. A study concluded that we should cycle four times a week, for 45-60 minutes, at 75-85 per cent of max ‘heart rate reserve’ (max heart rate minus resting heart rate).
- Strengthen your immune system - a study of 1000 adults up to the age of 85, found that exercise had huge benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system. It reducing instances of the common cold.