This #mycyclingweekend we introduced you to our new partnership with Cycle Surgery that'll bring a new twist to the weekend riding fun; specifically prizes!
That's right, not only will the bunch of bike-mad cycle surgeons be contributing to each #mycyclingweekend by posting their own riding shots, they'll be offering the best photo of the weekend a fantastic prize.
This week's prize is a Cycle Surgery voucher, so you can get your hands on some kit of your choice. To win, all you had to do was tell us why you ride.
There were loads of reasons, from the reflective to the inclusive, from the glutinous to the hilarious. We loved them all, but below you can find a few of our favourites.
For loads of us heading out for a bike ride gives us a chance to meditate or reflect on the things that are going on in our lives. This little window of time away from computers and responsibilities can be invaluable.
We think Instagram user @yuktem sums it up particularly well in his #mycyclingweekend contribution below, and as a result, he's this week's Cycle Surgery prize winner!
Reply to our comment on your photo, @yuktem, and we'll get your prize to you.
While we're riding, deep in our own thoughts, beautiful scenery can play an equally relaxing roll in our peace of mind as the exercise or chance to reflect does.
Especially when the scenery looks like the shots @chrishardwick44 and @mikefortgens took this #mycyclingweekend.
Even just the ride itself can offer us a chance to let go of all of the things in our lives that are stressing us out and making us unhappy.
Just ask Ann Jordan. She bought her bike from Cycle Surgery, and as a result, she feels far less stressed. Keep it up Ann!
The beauty of cycling is that it can also be a social exercise. Not just with your friends, but with your family, and those you care most about in the world.
Most of us can remember our earliest bicycle-oriented memories. Heading out to the park with our parents, learning to ride, speeding through quiet residential streets with our brothers and sisters; memories like these are treasures.
This #mycyclingweekend Toby Hillman made some of these memories with his daughter, and Twitter user Jaunce gave a bunch of kids the skills they need to make some of these memories with their own families.
— Toby Hillman (@tobyhillman) March 5, 2016
— Jaunce (@SSkillzAcademy) March 5, 2016
Of course, there are other, more immediate gratifying rewards to cycling than making memories.
The more you ride, the more you can eat; for one. Also, coffee tastes so much better half way through a ride, and that caffeine kick can make all the difference towards the end of a cold winter ride.
Twitter user @young_phoagy knows all about that. It also looks like Toby Cummins on Instagram needed a bit of warming up this #mycyclingweekend without the caffeine boost.
— Young Phoagy (@young_phoagy) March 5, 2016
The bikes we ride are also often a big factor in our motivation for a #mycyclingweekend ride.
Usually its our sense of pride and techy lust that sends us into a frenzy over a knew bit of kit and the chance to try it out at the weekend.
Not necessarily in Twitter user @12Lexo's case. He appears to be far more interested in the extraordinary.
— Lexo (@12Lexo) March 5, 2016
No matter what the weather, we think it's beneficial to your head and your legs to get out for a weekend ride.
Instagram user @performancebywassberg clearly agrees. He didn't let the freezing conditions in Sweden get the better of him!
Fluffy sticky white stuff in the air! #intotheelements #gorebikewear #btt #mtb #powerwsjacket #giro_helmet #varberg #sverige #sweden #bikesweden #rideshimano #cyclelikeaboy #fat_fvcks #naturephotography #snowman #snow #snö #rudyproject #whereisspring #windstopper #goretexwouldhavebeenbettertoday #mycyclingweekend #whyiride
As we've mentioned already, cycling is a fantastic opportunity to go out and socialise, just as much as it's a fantastic opportunity to think and reflect.
Instagram user @peted76's morning wouldn't be the same without his riding buddies in Leamington Spa.
Our prize-givers today, Cycle Surgery, also spent their weekend riding.
They took to the trails on bikes with somewhat pudgier tyres than we prefer, but appear to have had a great time at it!
To be in with a chance of winning next week's fantastic prize, you've gotta fire a #mycyclingweekend photo our way.
To do that, all you've gotta do is head over to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook page, and upload a photo. Make sure to include the #mycyclingweekend hashtag, and also make sure that your contribution is in line with that week's theme.
Alternatively, just take a photo and ping it our way! We love seeing you guys riding and having fun!