Upstate communities of fitness offer spirit, camaraderie & motivation

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BetterFasterStronger_0115_cyclingFor those of us who enjoy cycling in the Upstate, but don’t want to work uphill in toe-numbing, 40-degree weather (or colder), Greenville is awhirl with indoor group-cycle fitness opportunities.

Take Jeff Beane’s RevUp Indoor Cycling, for one. His gleaming, state-of-the-art space on Laurens Road looks more like an art gallery than a gym, and RevUp claims to be Greenville’s “first dedicated boutique cycling studio.”

The spinning room’s three stadium-style tiers of 10 Spinners each not only provide excellent sightlines to the big-screen monitor that displays real-time workout data, but also give riders breathing room. A licensed Spinner shop, RevUp features machines that each cost north of $1,000; Beane says he has invested “almost six figures” in the studio that runs as much on technology as it does on sweat.

“The group environment is just incredibly motivating,” says Robin Bylenga, owner of Pedal Chic, the 651 S Main Street shop that Momentum magazine calls “the first woman-owned bike store in the U.S. to cater exclusively to women.”

Bylenga spearheads GS Elan— the initials stand for Greenville Spinners, the Upstate bicycle club where Bylenga’s a board member. She’s starting indoor sessions to get—and keep—folks fit before the weather starts inching back above the consistent 40-degree mark.

While Bylenga’s classes involve bringing your own bike and stationary trainer, Jim Cunningham offers something similar at his Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport’s two locations in Greenville and Greer.

There, cyclists bring high-end road bikes that are placed on CompuTrainers, super-wired machines that, like Beane’s RevUp Spinner cycles, are hooked up to computers and hi-def TV screens. At Cunningham’s shop, the monitors show actual rides that cyclists follow up hills, around turns, and into valleys, while the CompuTrainer adjusts the bike’s resistance to match the virtual terrain.

Cunningham says his sessions are geared to serious and hard-core recreational riders. One recent afternoon, five Lycra-encased cycle-studs nearly flooded the small studio with sweat from a workout that verged on Hincapie-fit. —John Jeter

Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport  /  205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville  /  105-A Regency Commons Dr, Greer  /  (864) 430-7871  /

Pedal Chic  /  651 S Main St, Greenville  /  (864) 242-2442  /

RevUp Indoor Cycling  /  2441 Laurens Rd, Greenville  /  (864) 234-8887  /

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