Get on your bike for the Cycle Challenge

More than 350 cyclists from 21 local employers have signed up to the Cheshire East Cycle Challenge – a fun competition aimed at getting more people on their bikes during September.

Riders from across the Borough are hoping to win prizes including holidays, bikes and shopping vouchers, as part of the nationwide Cycle Challenge, which is coordinated by Love to Ride.

Competitors log each of their cycle journeys throughout September, while employers compete with each other to see who can get the most colleagues using pedal power.

A local leaderboard on the Love to Ride website allows competitors to see how they are performing.

Local employers who have signed up include Bentley, Leighton Hospital, Sainsbury’s in Nantwich and Cheshire East Council.

Going the distance

Cheshire East Council staff Mark Bayley, from Holmes Chapel, Mike Harris, from Pickmere and Andrew Arditti from Guilden Sutton (pictured) expect to be clocking up more miles than most during the month of the challenge.

The trio have completed a long-distance ride together every year since 2012 and will be cycling nearly 200 miles from Cork to Dublin in the Republic of Ireland over three days later this month. Every mile will be logged for the Cycle Challenge, including training runs in Cheshire. The team are raising funds for the Christie cancer charity in the process.

This year, riders can record their progress using a free app called Moves. Cheshire East hopes to use information provided by the App to better plan local cycling infrastructure and make riding a bike safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Cycle to Work day

Cheshire East cyclists are also being urged to get on their bikes on Wednesday (September 14) for national Cycle to Work Day.

Riders are encouraged to take to two wheels for at least one day – and join the estimated 741,000 people who cycle to work daily.

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