Get on your bike and win some prizes
Londoners are being encouraged to inspire their friends, family and colleagues onto two wheels by signing up for the London Cycle Challenge.
Thousands are expected to take part in this year’s event, which is run by Transport for London (TfL) and takes place between 18 June and 15 July.
The challenge is free to enter and online team registration is now open to everyone who lives, works or studies in London. And because of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme – you don’t even need to own your own bike to get involved!
Groups of friends, families, work colleagues or schools can create teams to challenge each other - and other teams - to see who can cycle the most miles. Miles mean points and Londoners who rack up the most points could win some great prizes.
All cycle journeys count – for work or for fun – even out of London. There are prizes of cycling goodies for small, medium and large teams. Schools can also set up teams and go head-to-head with other London schools.
Entrants simply need to visit the website www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclechallenge where they can join or register a team, and then log their miles throughout the Challenge. Progress can be checked on a real-time leader board and friendly rivalry is encouraged by joining the London Challenge 2011 Facebook group.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Bragging rights are at stake for teams of cyclists all over the capital but the Cycle Challenge is also a great way for new cyclists to join forces and give it a go. Summer is the perfect time of year for people to step up the amount of time they spend on two wheels and the Cycle Challenge is an ideal motivation to do so.”
Ben Plowden, Director of Better Routes and Places at TfL, added: “Last year more than 10,000 Londoners cycled more than 17,000,000 miles during the Challenge. If you want to get involved, but are not a regular cyclist, there is plenty of support available including TfL supported cycle training and a series of cycle guides which will help get you started and find your way around London.”
15th June 2011