Why cycling is more than a hobby – it protects my family’s health

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Why cycling is more than a hobby – it protects my family’s health

Why cycling is more than a hobby - it protects my family's health

Content creator Chanel Harris opens up about charity Little Bleeders and training for its first Ironman

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For Chanel, cycling is more than a hobby, it is actually a lifestyle. “Fitness for our family is what we live and breathe in,” she actually tells us after getting into the seven-seater Skoda Kodiaq.

And the channel means. Raising your child with a career and charity work is no trivial feat. Yet, when you’re humbly determined like her, the most important tasks seem achievable. “I don’t want the fear of failure to be something that holds me back,” she says.

To many, regular cycling in this mix would seem like a mile too far. But for Chanel and her family, it has become a necessity.

Chanel’s partner, Alex Dowsett, is the only professional cyclist to suffer from hemophilia. For people with this blood condition, especially children, staying active is important—but not every family is in the financial position to do extracurricular activities to help.

In 2016, Alex founded the charity little bleeders To raise awareness and really make a difference. Chanel has become heavily involved in her work, inspired by her young daughter’s own diagnosis.

Practicing what they preach, cycling has become a health-critical hobby for his family: “For hemophilias, it’s really important to physically maintain that lifestyle,” explains Chanel. “We know for a condition that this is one of the best things we can do.”

Skoda - Chanel

Photo: Rupert Fowler

And with encouragement from friends and family, Chanel is well on her way to smashing its first Ironman. For someone who was cycling until she was 32 weeks pregnant, this would definitely be a ride in the park.

Spending time outdoors – in London, Europe or her native New Zealand – gives Chanel the “unbridled pleasure” of being on a bike. And having the right car is paramount. The Skoda Kodiaq has a variety of driving modes to go off-road, sporty hill climbs or simply go into eco mode. All to make life easy and fun.

With the generous interior, with room for all of the family’s bikes, long-distance road trips are playable with Apple CarPlay and thanks to technology like adaptive cruise control and lane assist.

Chanel says it’s not hard to balance her love of cycling with family time. Just load the bike and choose the speed that is right for you.

This article was brought to you in partnership Skoda,

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