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The number of Brits cycling regularly has sky-rocketed in recent years with now more than two million people heading out on their bikes at least once a week.
The exploits of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Laura Trott among others have probably played a leading role in inspiring us to take to two wheels.
But for some, a traditional cycle ride isn’t for them and something different is needed to fuel their adventurous side.
Luckily, there are still many choices for those individuals.
We’ve picked out just three of the slightly more alternative ways to test your pedal power.
Why use two wheels when you can get by with just one?
Just like ‘standard’ cycling the options are wide-ranging. Freestyle unicycles are more suited to those wishing to show off with tricks on the flat.
If you have a head for heights (and good balance) then downhill unicycling could be for you. As riders hurtle down hills at speed in the most rugged of landscapes it provides the sternest cycling test.
We’d advise you put a bit of practice in before trying this though, as not only will a tumble ultimately hurt, you could look a little silly!
Enjoy the thought of speeding around an oval circuit on a bike with no brakes, but don’t fancy hopping on a motorised speedway bike? Now you are in luck.
Cycle Speedway has been available to bike enthusiasts since the 1920s. However, with 40 dedicated clubs around the UK, there’s no better time to get into the sport.
With little room for manoeuvre, it can get a bit close for comfort around the tight bends of the track. It does, however, make for some exiting action.
Early power can put competitors in pole position at the start of a race, so getting away quickly is vital.
For those that love the thought of cycling through dramatic mountainous landscapes, but don’t want the arduous climb to the highest of peaks, then heli-cycling is for you.
Take your bike for a scenic chopper flight before exploring some incredible sights from the comfort of your saddle.
Organised tours are the best way to go about taking part for the simple reason that many of us don’t have access to a private helicopter, but those who shell out for the experience won’t regret it.
Destinations like New Zealand, Canada and indeed Nepal are the pick of the bunch for locations to enjoy this slightly different tour, so make sure you check it out next time you travel.
If you do opt to head overseas to try any of these new sports ensure you have ample cover with our Sports Travel Insurance policy covering both you and your bike for those rides in foreign lands.
Staying at home to try something different? No problem, just head to our Sports Accident Insurance page and protect yourself from any little mishaps.