Cyclists urged to stay safe ahead of Le Tour

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NHS England is urging cyclists to stay safe whilst out on their bikes ahead of the Tour de France - the world’s biggest free annual sporting event - which comes to Calderdale on July 6.

Regular cycling can reduce the risk of a number of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes.

However, health chiefs are urging cyclists to take precautions before taking to two wheels.

Dr Damian Riley, NHS England Medical Director for the North, said: “It is encouraging to see so many people taking to their bikes to keep fit and healthy, and with Le Tour just around the corner, it is a great time to do so. However, to avoid any injuries, such as strains and sprains, cyclists should be completing a sufficient warm-up, including stretching.

“Cyclists taking to the road should be prepared and wear high-visibility clothing so motorists and pedestrians can clearly identify them. They should also wear a correctly-fitting helmet to help reduce the risk of head injury in case they are involved in an accident or fall.”