Cycling is an enjoyable way to get fit and stay that way, and this book offers sound advice on getting started. Graded exercise programs take readers from the "occasional rider" level all the way up to competition levels in speed and endurance cycling. The author presents training schedules designed to help riders maintain general fitness, lose excess weight, and improve their general well being. He also gives expert advice on finding the right equipment, based on each rider's individual profile, and he provides guidelines for avoiding injury and building physical fitness safely and effectively. The book features instructive, easy-to-follow charts plus more than 250 color photos and illustrations.