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I have to confess, I’ve not done a great job of commuting on the bike over the last 12 months. A successful stint last summer was curtailed by the unavailability of showers at the office, and with us moving into new offices earlier in the year (after six pretty tough weeks working from home) it’s finally time to start building that routine up. So far, it’s going well - it’s hard not to love cycling in along the seafront doused in glorious sunshine.

One of the things I love about being new to the sport is how substantial your gains can be with a little determination. Strava PRs on the commute? Check. One day turning into the headwind to find yourself grinning, not grimacing? Check. Finding (and perhaps channelling) the motivation and satisfaction to cycle to work can be tough at times, but I swear that starting to build the routine in the Summer is key.

At the end of the day, making the commute fun (and self-competitive) is a big part of why cycling to work has proved gratifying for me so far. But I know there’ll be many more days where it’s not as easy - going from two days a week to five days a week, for example. Perhaps I shouldn’t have powered up the hill to the house on the Monday commute home…