Ride like the wind with the Area I Cycling Club

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Staff Sgt. Alberto Villanueva has been part of the Area I Cycling Club for more than a year and tries to ride more than 15 miles per day, as a means to keep his weight down and for love of the sport.
Staff Sgt. Alberto Villanueva has been part of the Area I Cycling Club for more than a year and tries to ride more than 15 miles per day, as a means to keep his weight down and for love of the sport.

Ride like the wind with the Area I Cycling Club

by: Sergeant Juan Jimenez | .
2nd Infantry Division | .
published: September 07, 2012

Imagine yourself on a perfectly paved road with a clear blue sky and temperatures in the mid-70s. Imagine having the wind at your back, and the only sound you can hear is the spin of your wheels on the pavement. Imagine your body cutting through the wind and as you happily take in the sights. All of this, and more, can be experienced while riding a bicycle with the Area I Cycling Club.

The external conditions may not always be optimal but a bicycle ride will always increase the experience of the rider and enhance his/her enjoyment.

“I looked into cycling after my knee surgery as means to keep my weight down,” said Staff Sgt. Alberto Villanueva, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, who has been part of the Area I Cycling Club here for more than a year.

People join the cycling group for many different reasons. Some join to get or stay in shape. Others join to meet new people and network. Others join simply for the love of riding. Still others join out of a personal sense of responsibility toward the environment. Regardless of the individual’s reasons, a group of people come together and, for a few times each month, riding becomes a collective priority.

The Area I Cycling Club is sponsored by the Community Activity Center on Camp Casey, and meets the first Monday of every month. It is open to riders of all ages and levels of riding experience.

“We are trying to start a club where people can get together and ride as a group regardless of how much riding experience they may have,” said Jeffrey Rivers, the cycling club’s leader. Additionally, there is no fee for joining.

“The only requirements for the riders are a reflective vest, a helmet and a bike,” said Rivers.

“Whether you want to boost your fitness level, maintain your health, or make an environmentally conscious choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions ever made,” said Rivers.

Riding in a group is encouraging, said Rivers, especially for those people who are riding for exercise, or trying to lose weight and keep weight off.

“Many of our riders would tell you that, while riding with a group, 15 miles doesn’t seem like 15 miles,” said Rivers.

As group leader for the cycling club, Rivers has mapped and plotted different routes for different riders according to their experience and goals.

“We are here to challenge and encourage every rider,” said Rivers.

For those who are new to Korea, the Area I Cycling Club can offer a unique sightseeing experience according to some of its members.

“I had never seen some of the areas that I have while riding with the club,” said Villanueva. “It’s an amazing way to see Korea.”

“Even if you are a beginner don’t be afraid to come out,” said Rivers. “We have a ‘no drop policy’ which means ‘no rider left behind.”

We will stay with you and encourage you until you’re fit to ride.”

For more information on the Area I Cycling Club, call Rivers at 010-2710-7627 or email jeff@yobophoto. com.

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