An ever growing body of research showcases the amazing health benefits of regular riding.
Meet Bob Powers. Age 92, going on 32. Bob rides, swims, walks and yes, still competes in triathlons.
He’s long living proof that cycling can enhance your health and even increase your life expectancy.
At Rally Cycling, we ride to spread the message that bikes have the power to transform the health of people around the world.
Prevent disease.
Cure road rage.
A 2017 University of Glasgow study observed the commuting habits of more than 250,000 people for five years. Cycling, walking and mixed commutes were compared to completely non-active ones, which functioned as the control for the experiment. New cases of cardiovascular disease (CvD), cancer, and mortality associated mortality rates were recorded for each group of commuters.
MORTALITY RATES:
CYCLING VERSUS
NON-ACTIVE COMMUTE
“Those who cycled the full length of their commute had an over 40% lower risk of heart disease, cancer and overall mortality over the 5 years.”
Jason Gill, PhD
University of Glasgow
Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Data from UK Biobank was used to examine the relationship between an active commute and obesity in mid-life. Data was collected from over 150,000 people, age 40-69 years, comparing their preferred mode of commute to BMI and body fat percentage.
Active commuting was significantly associated with lower body fat for both men and women.Those who cycled saw the greatest decrease.
Pedal forwards.
Age backwards.
A study in Spain measured the lifespans of 834 cyclists from France, Italy, and Belgium who raced in the Tour de France from 1930-1964. Their longevity was compared to that of average citizens in these three countries.
longevity of tour de france participants vs. mean longevity
The Tour de France cyclists averaged eight years more life – a 17% increase over the mean longevity in France, Italy and Belgium.
A two-wheel carbon fiber  fountain of youth.
This is your brain on biking.
A German study measured the effect of aerobic fitness on hippocampal volume in both patients with schizophrenia and a healthy control group.

The patients were recruited and and randomized into exercise and nonexercise groups, with demographic “matches” established between the groups. MRI was used to measure change in the hippocampus.
People in the exercise groups literally biked their brains bigger.

The sedentary group, on average, lost hippocampal volume.
We're all mortal. Cyclists just take longer to show it.
48 sedentary adults with osteoarthritis were recruited for a 12-week exercise routine to study the effect of cycling and swimming on people with arthritic joints. The exercise routines were split 50/50 between the two activities. After 12 weeks, tests were performed to gauge joint pain, mobility and quality of life in both groups.
CHANGES IN PHYSICAL FUNCTION, PAIN AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE*
Cycling led to greater endurance and significant reductions in joint pain and stiffness.

Participants also reported an increased quality of life.
Full circle fitness.
Dr. Clare Safran-Norton, a physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, walks us through the unique physical benefits of riding your bike.
Originally published in “The Top 5 Benefits of Cycling” by Harvard Health Publications.