Dawson Creek’s cycling club, the Greasy Chains, are beating the winter blues away by moving theirs wheels indoors.
“As northern riders our indoor season often seems longer than our outdoor one,” said Greasy Chains cycling guru James Maxwell.
The club uses bicycle trainers, allowing them to cycle stationary. The group spins for an hour every Tuesday and Thursday at the Coyote Rock Café, located at the Central Middle School campus.
The Chains began the spinning season in early November, and at their last session had 11 participants.
“Quite a few of our winter spinning crowd are runners who want to stay in shape for the winter and some we never really see on a bike on the road,” pointed out Maxwell.
He said that cycling is and incredible cardio-vascular training tool that has very little shock or impact on the bodies joints. People who have never done spinning before can ease their way into the activity increasing the workload as time goes on and they become more fit, according to Maxwell.
“They are mostly steady peddling with a bit of variety, no high heart rate stuff, and limited standing for now,” explained Maxwell regarding the club’s sessions.
He said the Greasy Chains is always open to newcomers who want to try cycling for the first time, and the pace of the group allows first-timers to ease into the spinning programs. All that is needed is a bike, bicycle trainer, and strong will power. However, Maxwell says that he does have trainers on loan for those interested in trying out spinning.
Maxwell said that spinning with the Greasy Chains is free, friendly and non-competitive.
“People are catching up with what is going on in each others lives, shifting gears, and before you know it an hour has gone by.”
The Greasy Chains Cycling Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the group visit them on Facebook at Greasy Chains Cycling Club.