The Benefits of Cycling

Bicycling has several advantages over other exercises:

  1. Cycling exercises the heart better than walking without the pounding of jogging.
  2. One can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and at low cost.
  3. Little or no time has to be lost, as bike travel can be used to get to work, perform errands, or enjoy the outdoors.
  4. Commuting by bike reduces pollution that causes asthma and bronchitis. A commuting cyclist is also less exposed to air pollution than a commuting motorist.

Vitamins reduce benefits of exercise

A recent study indicates that antoixidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E may reduce the effects of exercise on raising metabolism and preventing diabetes.  The study recommends that those who exercise for health reason should not take large amount of antioxidants.  It further says that “antioxidants in general cause certain effects that inhibit otherwise positive effects of exercise, dieting and other interventions”.

However, this does not apply to fruits and vegetatives.  It only applies to taking alot of Vitanmin C and Vitanmin E pills.  And it also only applies to large does.  For example, the study used does of Vitamin C at more tahn 16 times the US RDA (1000mg vs 60 mpg) and Vitamin E at 13 times the recommend level (400 lUs vs 30 LUs).

Bicycle Crash Facts

There were 698 lives loss in bicycle /motor vehicle crashes in 2007.  That is almost two people per day in the United States.  These number represent two percent of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2007.

The good news is that the number of bicycle/motor vehicle deaths and injuries has decreased in recent years.  For example, the number of reported injuries involving bicyclist has dropped from 68,000 in 1993 to 41,000 in 2003.  However, we know from research into hospital records that only a fraction of bicycle crashes causing injuries are ever recorded by police, possibly as low as ten percent.

Tour de France 2013

The organizers of the Tour de France are in the capital ciy of Corsica this week to explore the possibility of starting the race on the Corsica french island in 2013.  There is currently a dozen cities trying to host the start of the 100th edition of the French tour.

The Tour traditionally starts on French territory every other year, interspersed with international settings for opening stages.  For example, the 2010 tour will start in Rotterdam, Holland.

The 2013 Tour is said to likely start in France but Corisca has some chance, since it is the birthplace of the Emperor Napolean, which grants the island greater autonomy than other regional governments.

The Tour officials will spend the next three days inspecting roads and facilities around Corsica.  The Tour is considered the third largerst sporting event in the world, trailing only the Olympics and the World Cup in total viewership.  Of the three, the Tour is the only one help on an annual basis.