Mulindwa Meddie lives in Kireka and he is a student at Kyambogo University as well as a dedicated sportsman – he rides a bike every day.
Even there being no prize to motivate him. His bike is his passion and riding it, is his way of life. I sat the 23 year old down and he tried to elicit for me what he thinks of his sport.
“It’s like every little boy’s earliest dream; at least to learn to use the bike, to transport oneself and carry somewhat not-so-heavy loads.” He said, “However, I picked up interest in cycling as a sport when I was about twelve, as I watched a bunch of lads racing on TV when I had gone over to the city to live with my uncle who lived in Nakawa.”
Meddie went on to express his disgruntlement that the sport he loves so dearly was not as much [in this country] as cared for as other sports. Cycling is not a national sport as it is an impromptu stunt game that is turned to on events to supplement people’s amusement. But even with all the cons of this sport, Meddie is that enthusiast who won’t stop to love his bike.
“I ride myself to Campus every day,” he revealed to me. It was quite obvious there is more to cycling than met the eye. And he told me;
Cycling undeniably is a good sport, although, “for me,” he continued, “I never expect to compete. It is just a lifestyle now.” Meddie has resigned himself to the fact that he’d never be an Olympic champion because of riding a bicycle. It does not speak less of what an amazing sport cycling is.
I took some time to find out what one might gain from riding a bike if not for the money or the fame which clearly is a longtime coming to Ugandan cyclers.
Cycling is simply one of the most active ways to spend your leisure time. It turns out; keeping to a leisurely speed is a great way to enhance an active lifestyle.
When you jump on to your bike and take it seriously, there’s a good chance you’ll still love it despite the difficulty. For you are rewarded with a quick, exciting ride. It can also energize you for other exercises you plan to do. Instead of driving to the gym to warm up and be in shape, you could just as well be working out on a bike.
And many people take to running in order to work out. However, running has the potential to take its toll on the body – legs, ankles, knees and feet – hence feeling fatigued. Cycling, on the other hand is the sport that engages the muscles in the legs without as much force coming down on the knees. So, as you keep your legs pumping on the pedal, it ends up being a smoother, lower risk form of exercise you’ll appreciate, especially if you’re recovering from an injury.
Therefore, if not for anything else, cycling is admirable as it improves muscle strength. Cycling is a non-weight bearing activity and regular cycling leads to improved muscle strength and improved mobility and coordination.
And by the way, it reduces anxiety, depression and stress.