Lincoln businesses take to the saddle for the September cycle challenge

The Lincolnshire Cycle Challenge launched on 1 September - and riders have already clocked up over 8,000 miles.

The Lincolnshire Cycle Challenge launched on 1 September – and riders have already clocked up over 8,000 miles.

Businesses from across the county are encouraged to take part in the month long cycle challenge – with staff cycling to work, going out on social rides and adding their mileage. There are team and individual prizes on offer for those who take part and climb the local and national leaderboard.

In the first week of the challenge being launched, 62 organisations and 278 participants have already signed up from Lincolnshire.

Cycling to and from work is a great way to save money on fuel and parking, and making exercise a part of the daily routine. And there is no better time to try it than September. With the success of the GB Cycling team at the Rio 2016 Olympic games more people than ever are taking to two wheels.

And here in Lincolnshire, cycling just gets easier. With a new cycle hub opening at Lincoln Railway Station this month there will be secure cycle storage in the city centre. And if you don’t have your own bike but fancy giving it a try – there are 19 Hirebike stations across the city. Adult Cycle Training is also available – for new cyclists, ‘rusty’ and advanced riders to help you on your way.

National Cycle to Work Day is the 14th September – so why not consider leaving your car at home and getting out on your bike. There are park and bike sites at Skellingthorpe and Burton Waters – making driving part way then completing your journey by bike an easy option.

Richard Hallsworth from Nicholson’s Chartered Accountants said:

We love taking part in the Lincolnshire Cycle Challenge. It really does make the team get out on our bikes – both to commute and also socially. We’ve got a number of people who ride regularly for different reasons and this challenge brings everybody together. It’s great seeing the number of miles tot up.

Sarah Hubery, Sustainable Travel Office for Lincolnshire County Council said, ‘Around 50,000 people work in the city of Lincoln. We hope that the September Cycle Challenge and National Cycle to work day will really inspire people to think differently about the way they travel. Even cycling just once a week can save money, bring health benefits and reduce carbon emissions. Getting together with colleagues and friends just makes it that much easier and more fun!’.

Why not get together with colleagues and sign up for the Lincolnshire Cycle Challenge.

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