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The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Ride Bike Madrid Lisbon

Press Release / 12.11.2020
On the Madrid Lisbon Mountain Bike route
On the Madrid Lisbon Mountain Bike route / © Bike Madrid Lisbon

Bike Madrid Lisbon is a cycling adventure, taking riders from the Spanish to the Portuguese Capital city on an epic 1,200km route.  The mountain bike version included 15 stages and 24,200 m of ascent, while the road ride covers 9 stages and 18,000 m of climbing. 

It's an unforgettable experience and these are the top 10 reasons why should take on this challenge of a lifetime

THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RIDE BIKE MADRID LISBON:

1. CYCLING IS FREEDOM
The most cited reason. Birds and pilots may disagree, but even flying does not come as close to the sensation of flying as cycling does. The sense of freedom and power is just exhilarating. Watching the trees roll by, riding up and down hills, all from the power in your own two legs. Making a journey of a lifetime like Bike Madrid Lisbon will pump up your sense of freedom.

2. IT MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT

Though the scientific evidence remains inconclusive, bikers that finished in previous years were adamant: cycling these mountains makes you feel even better.

3. IT’S AN ADVENTURE

The feeling of setting off on an entirely new trip without having a fully coherent vision of where you are going to end up is one of the joys of cycle touring. A journey like this can make you dream when you are getting ready and then make you dream even more about something so intense again.

4. STOP AND TAKE IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS
On a territory that is still very much undiscovered and explored by just a few, the presence of the modern world is still hardly-sensed. You'll feel like you turned back in time. It’s always worthwhile to stop and absorb what is around you. And maybe have a nice rest while you're having a picnic in the middle of the day in beautiful places.

5. THE NEED FOR SPEED

After climbing a huge hill, nothing will feel better than flying back down and feeling that cool air. It’s a great feeling and one that will easily become addicting! With + 24.200 m ascent on the Mountain Bike version and + 18.000 m ascent on the Road Bike version, you will have a lot of downhill to enjoy the speed.

6. GO GREEN

Keep the smog off by going green on Bike Madrid Lisbon. Choosing a crossing like this with several days in a row biking and never having to use a vehicle will save your health and the environment. Only a few "survivors" can say that they covered more than 1.000 km between the two Iberian capitals. It’s time to start pumping those pedals and start practising for this epic adventure.

7. GET BACK TO NATURE

The vast landscapes of natural and unspoiled peaks. Rivers, mountains, and seashores come to life when you are on a bike. Quicker than walking but slow and gentle enough to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of both the animal and human kingdoms. Ernest Hemingway said, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” We concur.

8. GREAT FOR CHALLENGING YOURSELF

Did you ever look at your life and wonder what are you here for? You need a big challenge to keep you focused, and Bike Madrid Lisbon is what you need! From the moment you decide to enrol, you will have a goal. You will want to get fit quicker, you will need to up the length and intensity of your workouts, and cycling provides the perfect opportunity to do this. Cycling is a very safe way to achieve some high-intensity exercise. You can get some incredible interval workouts and dramatically change your body shape. Another way to challenge yourself? Stop avoiding those hills when you are out for a ride and go for it!

9. SLEEP BETTER

An early morning ride might knacker you out in the short term, but it will help you catch some quality shut-eye when you get back to your pillow. Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day. The result? The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour. “Exercising outside exposes you to daylight,” explains Professor Jim Horne from Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre. “This helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync, and also rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep regenerative sleep.” What better reason to keep you focused on your goal? Go out, train, and sleep better.

10. CYCLING IS A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!

You feel younger and get more years out of your muscles, joints, and organs simply by using your highly capable self to pedal around instead of sitting in front of the computer or television. Cycling might just be the closest thing you can find to a genuine Fountain of Youth. It keeps you fit and young with very little risk of injury. Forget apples. Riding is the way to keep the doctor at bay.

BONUS: CYCLISTS MAKE BETTER LOVERS!

One study from Cornell University also concluded that male athletes have the sexual prowess of men two to five years younger, with physically fit females delaying the menopause by a similar amount of time. Meanwhile, research carried out at Harvard University found that men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30 percent lower risk of impotence than those who do little exercise.

According to a study led by Dr. Romualdo Belardinelli, director of the Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, the results of aerobic exercise are comparable to those of Viagra because both widen blood vessels. Regular exercise like cycling will make you feel better, increase your energy, and even help you look better too. All of which makes you more interesting and interested.

ENTRIES FOR 2021 ARE OPEN AND THE REMAINING PLACES WITH 20% DISCOUNT ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

Don’t miss the crossing from the capital of Spain, Madrid, to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Be part of the list of the 2021 SURVIVORS!

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