More than 1,000 people from across Lancashire have once again put the region on the cycling map over the past three weeks, collectively cycling 109,832 miles in the Loveto Ride Lancashire Cycle Challenge.
The 1,389 people rode the equivalent of four times around the world, and they included 179 people who took to a bike for the first time in over a year to help their workplace ride to victory.
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. 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 and activity days and cycle accessories, to high street vouchers, bikes, meals and cinema tickets. They 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.”
The winning teams were:
500+ staff size – Lancaster City Council; 200 - 499 size – Capita; 50 - 199 category – Garstang Community Academy; 20 - 49 category – Carradice of Nelson ; Seven - 19 category – Lancashire Sport Partnership Ltd, three-six category – Bowland Bioenergy Ltd.