Cycling in Egypt

Cycling is one of the most accessible endurance sports today, and yet it’s also one of the best sports that can offer the most benefits in terms of personal, societal, and environmental benefits. Cycling is an endurance sport that may offer you the transformation you need.

Try the adventure and challenge cycling offers with this beginner’s guide from Sports Events Egypt. 

Is Cycling Safe in Egypt?

Cycling is a safe activity, however, it still depends on the location you plan to cycle. If you’re constantly training in your local neighborhood or usual cycling area, then you should already be consistent in following the same rules, regulations, and safe cycling tips. But if you’re riding on a completely new road or location, know the road and plan your route.

In Egypt, biking on the road and near cars can be risky. In some areas there are, however, safe bike lanes, which were introduced in 2015. The best thing to fully experience the beauty and safety of cycling in Egypt is to join cycling clubs and organizations that organize group events. In a nutshell, cycling is safe health-wise; it’s the external factors that may pose risks and dangers. 

Cycling and Body Form

Cycling offers a lot of physical benefits to your body, if your aim is physical transformation. Cycling is a full-body workout that can improve your cardiovascular health and muscle growth. The focal points of cycling in the lower body are the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. On the middle and upper body, the focal points are the biceps, triceps, and deltoids. 

Cycling and Weight Loss

One of the most popular benefits of cycling is weight loss. Whether you cycle professionally or casually, you can surely achieve your body goals and reap other benefits. 

“According to standard criteria used primarily for the assessment of clinical studies, the strength of this evidence was strong for fitness benefits, moderate for benefits in cardiovascular risk factors, and inconclusive for all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality, cancer risk, and overweight and obesity,” said a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 

Cycling and Mental Health

According to scientists, cycling and walking can help release ‘feel-good’ hormones or endorphins and other factors that reduce anxiety and depression. A study published in the National Library of Medicine. 

“Aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, and dancing, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. These improvements in mood are proposed to be caused by exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain and by an influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and, thus, on the physiologic reactivity to stress. This physiologic influence is probably mediated by the communication of the HPA axis with several regions of the brain, including the limbic system, which controls motivation and mood; the amygdala, which generates fear in response to stress; and the hippocampus, which plays an important part in memory formation as well as in mood and motivation,” explained the study.

What to Wear to Cycling

What you wear to cycling may depend on various external factors, such as the weather, level of difficulty, and duration of your cycling, as well as internal factors like your size and shape. Regardless of your needs and preference, you have a lot of options to choose from since there’s a huge range of cycling clothing out there. 

Cycling Shorts

Cycling shorts will offer you the most comfort during your ride. They’re supposed to be flexible, so you can maximize your movement, and padded, to eliminate friction and moisture. As a rule of thumb, a snugger pair of cycling shorts is better. Don’t give yourself uncomfortable restrictions but also ensure that they stay exactly where you want them to be when riding.

Cycling Jersey

Matching your cycling shorts is the cycling jersey. Jerseys should also be close-fitting but breathable. You can opt for a short or long-sleeved jersey, depending on the weather. 

The best cycling jerseys are usually made of Lycra, but some products have added Merino wool. 

Aside from the fit, also consider additional features like zipper and pockets. Jerseys may come with a half or full zipper on the front and pockets built-in at the lower back. You may need pockets to store essential items like cellphones, wallets, and snacks.

Socks

Socks should be able to give you the ultimate comfort, so be careful of the type of fabrics you’re going to choose. Natural fabrics from Merino wool are best for cold and wet rides. They can also potentially reduce sweating during hot days. For protection against skin problems like blisters, choose socks made with polyester or nylon.

Gloves

Gloves are optional, depending on the weather. But they can offer extra protection and covering. A good pair of gloves can give you a better grip, especially when it’s cold or wet. So, it’s best to invest in one.

Jacket

Jacket is optional and depends on the weather. A good waterproof jacket can save you from the rain or the cold, offering enough protection to help you continue your ride without so much discomfort.

Helmet

Helmet offers head protection and ventilation, so you must choose one with strong yet comfortable features. When choosing a helmet, consider the fitting, the outer shell, the inner liner. For the inner protection, aim for a helmet with high-grade styrofoam, preferably, expanded polystyrene foam. The outer shell should be made of strong material that is puncture resistant. 

Visor or Cycling Glasses

Regular bicycle caps or sunglasses may offer protection on a normal day, but if you want to really protect your eyes and experience maximum comfort in terms of vision, you may add a visor or cycling glasses to your gear. These can keep the sun out of your eyes and offer facial protection.

Where to Cycle in Egypt

The growing culture of cycling in Egypt offers many opportunities for cyclers to explore the country through safe cycling locations. Here are some of the best cycling locations in Egypt:

Alexandria 

Alexandria is one of the safest towns to cycle in Egypt. You can bring your bike on the road here and enjoy a short cycling route from one point to another. The safest designated bike lanes in Alexandria are on the Corniche and Stanley Bridge, but you can also explore other parts of the city.

Sinai Peninsula

Although challenging, the Sinai Peninsula is one of the best cycling locations for intermediate and advanced cyclists. The peninsula is a wide land bridge between Africa and Asia, and it offers many opportunities for hiking, camping, and cycling. 

Nile Valley

If you want an unforgettable and challenging cycling experience with a beautiful backdrop, then visit the Nile Valley and its Nile River. The biking route is small, perfect for beginners and intermediate cyclists, but it offers an opportunity to see all of Egypt around you.

Wadi Degla Protectorate

Wadi Degla Protectorate is a 12-km long canyon and desert land that serves as a protective area for the wildlife it houses. Wadi Degla Protectorate is only minutes away from Maadi, the suburban district in Cairo, so participants can reach the venue through various public or private transportation modes. The area is best for hiking and mountain biking.

Western Desert Oasis

Egypt’s Western Desert has five main oases: Siwa, Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga and the Faiyum. Each of these oasis has safe cycling routes perfect for beginners, intermediate, and advanced cyclists. 

Cycling Clubs in Egypt

Egypt has cycling clubs and organizations that collectively work together to help individuals and communities recognize the value of cycling—whether it’s for personal development or competitive purposes. Here are some of the most accessible cycling clubs in Egypt that can help you start your journey:

CairoCrit 

CairoCrit is Egypt’s first-ever sports community dedicated to road-bike training. They organize weekly semi-professional and professional training for cyclists, usually on Fridays. CairoCrit has no physical location, but they host activities all over Cairo. 

Cycling Elite

As one of Egypt’s emerging amateur sports teams, Cycling Elite aims to provide the best cycling, running, and triathlon training programs and competitions in Egypt. They offer weekly programs held in the morning and at night. 

GBI

Global Biking Initiative or GBI is a global cycling community and a non-profit organization that conducts missions and cycling events in over thirty countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Their main headquarters is in Germany. 

MTB Egypt

MTB is a mountain biking community in Egypt—the first and largest of its kind. The members of MTB offer training programs and resources for bikers in Egypt, such as trail guides, scheduled group rides, forums, equipment recommendations and reviews, maintenance tips, and more. 

One Shot Cycling Team

With 21-60-year old members, the Once Shot Cycling Team is considered one of Egypt’s biggest and most inclusive cycling teams. They conduct marathons, cycling events, and forums in Alexandria and Cairo. 

Power Ride Sports

Power Ride Sports provide indoor cycling training and programs to prepare individuals and athletes for outdoor cycling events. They have an advanced facility filled with modern cycling equipment in the heart of Maadi and in Swan Lake, Katameya.

Rehab Cycling Team

The leading members of the Rehab Cycling Team are the active residents of Al Rehab City. They offer cycling training, programs, and events for all ages in Cairo, with regular meetings in Rehab Mall 1.

TriMachine

The Trimachine stands as an endurance academy for beginners and world-class athletes. The organization supports individuals and athletes tied to endurance sports, such as running and cycling. The Trimachine operates at Platinum Club, Palm Hills Club, and New Giza Sports Club. 

Cycling For Personal And Societal Improvement

Cycling, without a doubt, is an incredibly sociable sport that anyone can participate in. It can offer personal, societal, and even environmental benefits. That’s why more than a sport, cycling is also known for its club culture. Joining a cycling club in Egypt is one of the best ways to enjoy cycling and grow your social circle. There, you can find all the advice, experience, and opportunities you need. It’s always better to cycle with a group.