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Five Bike Rides in Five National Parks

Your national parks are some of the most scenic places in the world. Why not explore them by bike and go on that adventure you crave, away from your office and the daily grind? Your parks look even better from the saddle of a bicycle, at a slower pace, and with fresh air and the sun warming your face instead of the glare of your computer screen.

Even better, you can do one of the following rides on Bike Your Park Day and National Public Lands Day, always the last weekend in September, which means national parks offer free admission that day — even for those entering the park by bike. To spark your wanderlust, we’ve got five great bike rides through U.S. national parks, as well as opportunities to join a group and ride these parks on Bike Your Park Day.

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Grand Canyon National Park Ride along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon car-free for seven miles one-way. This inclusive ride offers jaw-dropping views of the canyon with nine designated viewpoints. Ride out and back for 14 miles or turn around sooner. Either way, stop at Verkamp’s Visitor Center to view exhibits about one of the seven natural wonders of the world followed by a break at Bright Angel Bicycles & Mather Point Café for a postride espresso.

If you’re joining Bike Your Park Day, you can register your own Grand Canyon National Park ride or join the Grand Canyon National Park Greenways Trail Ride.

Natchez Trace Parkway

With 444 miles of scenic drive winding through three states, the opportunities on the Natchez Trace Parkway are endless. Ride along the parkway for a week and stay at bicycle-only campgrounds along the way. Or just hop on the Ridgeland Multi-Use Path that parallels the parkway for five miles for a traffic-free experience. It’s worth a stop at the Reservoir Overlook 3.5 miles from Ridgeland, Mississippi. Grab a picnic lunch or refreshing drink in town and ride to the overlook to rest and enjoy the view.

Register your own Natchez Trace Parkway ride or join Visit Ridgeland’s ride with Mayor John McGee.

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Acadia National Park

Ride all or part of the 45 miles of carriage roads in Acadia National Park car-free. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., financed the carriage roads for horses, hikers, cyclists, and cross-country skiers between 1913 and 1940. Local granite was used for the road material and wild blueberries and native ferns elegantly line the roads. Ride around Eagle Lake and take a respite from your bikes to hike Conners Nubble, a 3.5-mile out-and-back jaunt.

Register your own Acadia National Park ride or join Bicycle Tour de Force of Maine.

National Mall

Urban parks count, too! Get around the mall at a quicker pace to allow yourself more time to stop and see the sights, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Borrow one from the Capitol Bike Share and extend your ride to the Mount Vernon Trail or C&O Canal Towpath. Be sure to treat yourself to one of the many restaurants in the Washington D.C. area postride.

Register your own National Mall ride as part of Bike Your Park Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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This northern California park is abundant with hydrothermal sites, scenic views, and high-elevation riding. Ride 28 miles one-way through this volcanic wonderland to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at 6,700 feet elevation. The road through Lassen Volcanic National Park isn’t as busy as other national parks and the road is in good condition. The climb is moderate, but you should still treat yourself to a panini at Lassen Café & Gift. Take it to go and soak in the view before gliding down the hill.

Register your own Lassen Volcanic National Park ride or join the Anywhere, Anytime ride from Old Station (north of Lassen NP) to the peak and back.

If none of these rides through national parks works for you, register your own ride in any public lands or join one of the hundreds of rides already planned for Bike Your Park Day on the last weekend in September.

How Many Calories Do You Burn Cycling?

Riding a bike is intense exercise, and you burn a lot of calories doing it. But how many calories do you burn cycling? This post shows you how to calculate how many calories you burn while cycling.

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The short answer to the  question of how many calories you burn cycling is: really a lot of calories! You burn calories all the time, of course, even while you are sleeping. These are the calories that are required to keep your body functioning. But once you start cycling as well as just existing, you need extra calories.

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If you weigh 150 pounds and you bike at an average easy pace, you will burn up 400 calories in an hour. That’s a lot of calories burned cycling – enough that if you bike an hour or two a day, which happens naturally if you’re commuting, it becomes pretty hard to put on weight – and relatively easy to lose weight.

Work out How Many Calories are Burned Cycling in an Hour

To work out how many calories you burn in an hour, while cycling at an easy, average pace of between 15 and 20 kilometers per hour (10 to 12 miles per hour), do this:

  1. Start with your weight in pounds, e.g. 180 pounds
  2. Divide this by 2.2 to give you your weight in kg, in this case, 81.8
  3. Multiply 81.8 by 6, to give you 490 calories per hour – pretty cool!

Of course, if you go faster, you burn even more calories – so get on your bike and get going! And the more weight you lose, the faster you will go, the more calories you will burn, the more weight you will lose, the faster you will go … it’s great to be stuck in a GOOD cycle! With so many calories burned cycling, it’s no wonder so many cyclists end up in such GOOD SHAPE!

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How Much Weight can you Lose by Cycling?

If the average person cycles for three hours a week, he or she will burn off an extra 1,470 calories a week. In a year, this will amount to 76,440 calories burned cycling. pound of body fat equates to approximately 3,500 calories. So 76,440 calories burned could see you losing 22 pounds a year – without cutting down on food.

You Can Lose Weight Cycling INDOORS!

If you are on the large size, it may be intimidating to go outside and ride a bike. Well, first of all, do NOT be intimidated! Our permanently popular post, a Guide for Fat Cyclists, will give you a LOT of encouragement about going out and cycling, even if you don’t look like a greyhound.

But if you are still feeling a little shy, remember that you can get all the great benefits of cycling within the privacy of your own home. You can simply buy a gadget that converts your regular bike into an indoor trainer. Check out our in-depth comparison of the features and prices of 5 of the best indoor bike trainers right here.