Why would you not do a sport that is cheap, keeps you fit, you can do into your eighties and let's you dream you are Wiggins or Froome for the day?
I cycle to work in London but have no bike in Northumberland. This weekend may have to see that change. The sight of Yorkshire packed out like Ventoux or Alpe D'Huez was a sight to behold. Sadly going to miss the peloton in London today, even though it goes right past parliament, as working, but will catch up on the highlights.
The serious point is that we have cycling that is the match of anything that France, or Gods second county (of Yorkshire) has to offer - so get on your bike.