It’s not just exercise

Do you have what it takes to be a PEARL IZUMI athlete?

Cycling is more than just high-intensity cardio.
It’s a lifestyle commitment that holds several benefits. Some of which are:

Physical health

Obviously, the main benefit is the improvement of your health.

Cycling improves heart health, stamina and endurance. If you doubt the physical benefits of cycling, ask yourself this: when was the last time you saw an out-of- shape cyclist?

Mental vitality

Real full-body workouts should include the mind too.

Thankfully, cycling is a fully immersive and active experience. While gyms only simulate physical activity, cycling forces you to interact with the real world as part of your exercise. This tests your sense of balance, dept perception and spatial reasoning.

Better Sleep

Regular exercise is proven to promote optimal circadian rhythms.

In English: you have enough energy and alertness to see you through the day, and at night you never struggle to fall asleep. You also get better, deeper and more restful sleep – exactly the thing you need after a ride.


Simply put, cycling is not for the weak-willed.

Everything tells you to quit, skip a day or try again next year. But the real reward comes with sticking it out. You teach yourself to commit, to work towards goals and always see the bigger picture. All skills that not only make you a formidable athlete but an exceptional person too.


Sport and exercise have long been prescribed to children as a confidence-booster, but it works with adults too. Completing a race, conquering a trail or exceeding your fitness goals all tend to inflate your self-esteem. And nothing is as intoxicating as the smell of accomplishment and fearlessness.
Of course, knowing why cycling is such a great choice is only half the story. The hard part is figuring out how you’ll get your cycling career off the ground. Luckily for you, we’ve mapped it all out below where we discuss the various types of cycling races and where to find them in South Africa. You’re welcome.

Eyes on the prize

Exercise doesn’t feel like a chore when there’s a goal ahead.

And what better goal to have than a finish line? Push yourself by signing up for any of these South African races.

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