157 people took to a bike for the first time in over a year to help their workplace aim for gold.
The Sales Team at British Gas fielded five new cyclists in the competition. They were encouraged by Chris Law, the team’s Challenge Champion.
“We all found it really enjoyable. It was an adrenalin rush feeling the fresh air, instead of being stuck in the car. Now some people who live nearby are looking to cycle in.”
British Gas Sales Team
The three week long competition between workplaces in Leicester and Leicestershire aimed to introduce as many new people to cycling as possible. A total of 1,169 people from 74 local businesses and organisations competed to get the greatest percentage of staff taking part.
The challenge set may not have been the Tour de France, but riders made more than 8,000 journeys by bike clocking up 74,000 miles
The 'Leicester Shire Cycle Challenge' encouraged hundreds of people to take to their bikes and discover the joys and benefits of cycling, while doing their bit to help with easing congestion and pollution within the county.
Participants logged their cycling online and a variety of prizes were on offer for individuals and teams, from a hot air balloon ride across Leicestershire to three Raleigh Road bikes from City Cycles and Summer Sundae Festival tickets.
The winning teams are:
500+ (employees) – GE Energy (DRUCK), 9.1% of staff cycled
200 - 499 – Pick Everard, 11.8% of staff cycled
50 - 199 – Loughborough BCU, 65% of staff cycled
20 - 49 – Tactical Support Group, Leicestershire Police, 56.5% of staff cycled
7 - 19 – Force TIC Team at Beaumont Leys, 100% of staff cycled
3 - 6 – History department, Guthlaxton College, 100% of staff cycled
Members of the winning teams will be attending an awards presentation. Winners will also be rewarded with a team prize for their efforts – prizes include cupcakes for the entire office, a day at the races, and a tour of Belvoir Brewery.