Sex And The Saddle
Bikes Etc|March 2017

How does cycling affect the sex lives of those who get their kicks by doing it? Our investigation looks at the pros and cons of spending long hours in the saddle and reveals how you can improve your, erm, all round performance…

Mark Bailey

There’s no doubt about it, cycling is on the up. Not just in terms of numbers and profile but among the multitude of physical, mental,social and environment benefits it brings according to most major modern studies. And now things are on the rise in the nether regions too. The physiological impact of cycling on the body – and particularly the popularity of endurance rides – has led to a sharper focus on fertility implications for male riders, and the incidence of trauma to female riders’ sexual organs.

But first off, let’s rejoice in the positive benefits a love of cycling can have upon a passion for other activities. Cycling is definitely sexy. If you don’t believe us, then checkout the latest research from the British Heart Foundation – their survey of 600 men and women found that almost one in four would rather date a cyclist than any other athlete. Among those riders already hooked up, the figures are even more appealing. The UK Cycle Scheme survey into the impact of cycling on sex reported 79% of respondents claimed that cycling home puts them in a good mood for their partner, friends and family, while 66% think that their relationships improve as a result of cycling, and 39% say commuting by bike gives them more energy which has improved their sex life.

BOOST YOUR RIDE

The science behind these success stories lies in cycling’s ability to make us more sexual. ‘Cycling is a major contributor to improved cardiovascular health and increased blood flow,’ explains Roger Walker, consultant urologist at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital in Surrey. ‘Both are proven benefits for healthy sexual function. Cycling has been shown to be an ideal low-impact means of addressing the issues linked to sexual dysfunction, especially among men approaching or in middle age.’

Indeed, it’s the aerobic benefits and the boost to blood flow that’s been shown to make cycling a sexual enhancement for many a man. In Italy, where a healthy interest in sex and a long-ride culture make it an ideal place for such studies, Professor Romualdo Belardinelli, director of the Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona revealed how cycling acts as a sex aid. In trials comparing 30 men experiencing sexual dysfunction linked to weak heart muscles, Belardinelli revealed that by cycling three times a week for eight weeks those weak-hearted patients underwent a major transformation.

The men in question not only recorded improved oxygen uptake and blood flow – as reported to the American Heart Association – but in response to questionnaires, their wives and partners said that they exhibited improved sexual performance too.

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