Theme Ride Thursday: Calling All Cycling Superheroes—Songs for National Superheroes Day

As we gear up to celebrate International Superhero Day on April 28, let’s channel our inner heroes and hit the pedals with courage and determination! Superheroes exemplify noble qualities and inspire us to reach greater heights (much like indoor cycling instructors do every day in their classes, amiright?). In a world often filled with challenges, they remind us that even the smallest acts of goodness can make a difference.

Create an epic theme ride featuring our “Heroes and Superheroes” bucket playlist, packed with over 270 tracks that embody the spirit of heroism and triumph. From songs celebrating legends to those inspired by iconic Marvel and DC movies, our playlist has something for every superhero enthusiast.

There’s another way to craft your perfect superhero theme ride. For those Guardians of the Galaxy fans out there, we’ve got a special treat. Dive into the groovy vibes of the 1970s with iconic tracks from the Marvel series that are sure to get you and your riders moving and grooving. Thanks to these movies, some long-forgotten gems have been given new life—it’s not unusual these days to see 14-year-olds bopping their heads to “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. 

What sets this theme apart is the realization that within each of us lies a superhero waiting to emerge. Whether it’s conquering challenges at work, spreading kindness at home, or pushing your limits on the bike, it’s time to don your metaphorical cape and unleash your inner strength.

Let the powerful words of superheroes guide and motivate you throughout your ride:

  • “You are so much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.” ~Superman
  • “The future is worth it. All the pain. All the tears. The future is worth the fight.”  ~Martian Manhunter
  • “You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter all the same.” ~Commissioner James Gordon
  • “In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” ~Queen Hippolyta (Wonder Woman’s mom)
  • “If you cage the beast, the beast will get angry.” ~Wolverine 
  • “With great power, comes great responsibility.” ~Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
  • “No man can win every battle, but no man should fall without a struggle.” ~Peter Parker
  • “Someone must have ripped the ‘Q’ section out of my dictionary, ’cause I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit.'” ~Mr. Furious
  • “It’s not dying that you need to be afraid of, it’s never having lived in the first place.” ~The Green Hornet
  • “If you’re nothing without this suit, you shouldn’t have it.” ~Iron Man
  • “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” ~Iron Man
  • Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up. ~Alfred Pennyworth 

And of course, the king of all superhero quotes:

Avengers assemble!

Click here for even more quotes from superheroes.

Below are some tracks to consider for your superhero theme ride:

Heroes Tonight, Janji, Johnning, 3:28, 128 bpm
This song has that wonderful emotional component to it, almost as if you’re watching a superhero movie! Climb seated, getting ready to power out of the saddle as the music builds up to the chorus.

Captain America, Jimmy Buffett, 3:20, 95 bpm
The silly song is good for a warm-up or a pre- or post-class song. You could also use it as a serious fast flat mid-ride!

Heroes of Today, Once Monsters, 3:20, 160 bpm
Use this as an easy or moderate flat.
“We’re never giving in, we’re always gonna win!” 

Heroes, Danny Elfman
This track has no lyrics, but it’s from The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. It’s the perfect track to use as a recovery song; you can picture the Avengers gathering (assembling?!) to meet their adversary!

Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down, 3:53, 99 bpm
This song shines as a consistent hard interval at 99 rpm. You could also ride a little easier for the verses and add R and/or cadence on the chorus.


Don’t be afraid as instructors to put on your “superhero cape” when needed. We are all entitled to deference and respect, but in the absence of a superhero cape that sometimes goes missing. Instructors, do you get the respect you should? If not, consider wearing your own “don’t-mess-with-me” cape, and learn how to call upon these seven special “superhero” powers.

Your Superhero Cape and its Seven Special Powers

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