Image caption Will Smale( second from the liberty) and cycling acquaintances

As many of us draw get fit one of our New Year’s resolutions, the BBC’s Will Smale – who is motorcycle haunted – takes a look at the reasons why an ever growing number of beings, both men and women, are taking up the play.

To adapt a quote from the sect film Withnail and I, I had gone on a cycling festivity by mistake.

An overweight, middle-aged humankind on a street bike in the mountainous wilds of mid Wales, looming above me was a strain of tarmac called the Devil’s Staircase.

The demonic specify is apt, as it is a vertiginous wall of a superhighway. It was squeaky Lycra time.

Putting my bicycle into its lowest paraphernalium, I nervously started the clamber. Within seconds my legs is now in affliction and my lungs rasped for air.