The Lancashire Cycle Challenge is complete, with 1,389 people from across the county once again putting the region on the cycling map.
Collectively clocking up 109,832 miles, the equivalent of cycling more than four times around the world, the cyclists included 179 people who took to a bike for the first time in over a year to help their workplace ride to victory in the Love to Ride Lancashire Cycle Challenge (www.lovetoride.net/lancashire).
The three-week competition between workplaces aimed to introduce as many new people to cycling as possible through existing riders sharing their love of cycling. New riders were encouraged to get on their bikes to experience first-hand the benefits of travel by bike.
In a friendly and supportive team challenge, 1,389 people from 98 organisations competed in workplace teams to clock up the greatest percentage of staff taking part. In total, more than 8,637 journeys were recorded totalling over 100,000 miles cycled.
Participants logged their cycling online and a variety of prizes were on offer for individuals and teams, from spa/activity days, cycle accessories, £50 high street vouchers to two £300-£500 bikes and meals for two. 250 cinema tickets were awarded to those riding for the first time in a year or more and to those who encouraged them to get back on a bike for the challenge.
Anna, from The Reach Centre, Lancaster, cycled for the first time since 1995. She said: “I’m taking part in the challenge as I haven’t ridden a bike for 20 years and my husband bought me one with a basket and tried to tempt me. I love a challenge and have found the past week really exhilarating, and I’m now looking forward to my weekly rides.”
Coun. Sue Prynn of Lancashire County Council added: “I welcome the excellent response to the Challenge from both local businesses and their employees. It all helps to reduce congestion on our roads, besides being good fun and an aid to fitness and good health.”
The winning teams were:
• 500+ size category – Lancaster City Council (LCC), 20% of staff cycled (LCC also came 3rd in the National Cycle Challenge)
• 200 - 499 size category – Capita
• 50 - 199 size category – Garstang Community Academy, 40% of staff cycled
• 20 - 49 size category – Carradice of Nelson (CoN), 100% of staff cycled (CoN also won their category nationally)
• 7 - 19 size category – Lancashire Sport Partnership Ltd, 100% of staff cycled
• 3 - 6 size category – Bowland Bioenergy Ltd, 100% of staff cycled
Members of the winning teams will be awarded their winners’ certificate and team prizes in recognition of their achievements at the awards ceremony on Thursday, July 16th at The Oaks Hotel, Burnley. There are lots of both team and individual winners – all results and prizes winners are published at www.lovetoride.net/lancashire/event_results.