Hundreds take on Lewes Cycle Challenge

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More than 300 people took part in The Lewes Cycle Challenge, the fun, free competition to encourage workers to remember the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

It was all about participation – which workplaces could get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more.

The event attracted 54 new cyclists, clocked-up an amazing 22,646 miles from participants and saved 3538KG CO2.

That’s the equivalent of travelling from London to Paris 75 times and burning off more than 6,200 glasses of wine.

Nearly 40 Lewes businesses and organisations competed against each other from May 27 to June 16 to see which could get the most staff on a bike.

The challange was not about who could cycle the most miles, but who could encourage the most people to give cycling a go.

Prizes were presented by Lewes MP Norman Baker at Pelham House on Friday.

Results were as follows. For organisations with 500 or more staff, the winners were Sussex Police, with 4.3 per cent participation. Runners-up were East Sussex County Council, with 3.2 per cent.

In the 200-499 staff category, the honours were won by Lewes District Council (7.5 per cent participation) with South Coast Ambulance Service (6.1 per cent) in second place.

There was double delight for The Guild of Master Craftsmen in the 50-199 staff section. It won with 32 per cent of staff taking part and the ‘South of High Street’ members were runners-up on 20 per cent.

The Public Health department at East Sussex County Council took pride of place in the 20-49 staff class with a magnificent 72 per cent participation, with The Guild of Master Craftsmen’s ‘North of High Street’ members second on 51 per cent.

The Sussex Express was proud to win the 7-19 staff category where 75 per cent of the workforce was urged by highly persuasive reporter Samantha Clark – a self-confessed cycling nut – to take up the challenge. Second on 55 per cent was Surrey and Sussex CSU Business Intelligence.

It doesn’t come any better than 100 per cent participation – a figure achieved by Lewes Cycle Shack in the 3-6 staff section. Runner-up was Pixeldot Creative on 75 per cent.