Rooks lend their support to Lewes Cycle Challenge

The Rooks show their support for the Lewes Cycle Challenge before kick-off at the Dripping Pan, Lewes on Saturday April 13. 'Pictured: Back row from left:  Goalkeeper Tom Betts, First Team Coach Nick Brown, Forward Tyrone Madhani; kneeling from left Midfielders Bradley Lewis and Layton Schaaf. Photo courtesy of Lewes FC/James Boyes.
The Rooks show their support for the Lewes Cycle Challenge before kick-off at the Dripping Pan, Lewes on Saturday April 13. 'Pictured: Back row from left: Goalkeeper Tom Betts, First Team Coach Nick Brown, Forward Tyrone Madhani; kneeling from left Midfielders Bradley Lewis and Layton Schaaf. Photo courtesy of Lewes FC/James Boyes.
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The Rooks were this week showing their support for this year’s Lewes Cycle Challenge by getting ready to cycle.

Lewes FC is one of 12 businesses already signed up for the challenge, which is a fun, free competition where workplaces will compete to see who can get the most people riding a bike.

Organisers Lewes District Council are urging other workplaces and individuals to sign up.

Tickets to see Mumford and Sons play in Lewes are just some of the prizes up for grabs if you take part.

The Lewes Cycle Challenge will run from Monday May 27 to Sunday June 16.

Registration is now open at www.lewescyclechallenge.org.uk where you can also log your rides and set yourself targets.

Anyone who lives or works in Lewes can take part.

Challenge manager Louise Skipton-Carter said: “It doesn’t matter if they haven’t been on a bike for years and they only need to ride for ten minutes to be eligible to win prizes.

“Participants can cycle anywhere they like, anytime they like, over the three week challenge period.

“More than 30 businesses and 400 people are expected to take to the streets over the 3 weeks from 27 May to 16 June.

“Unlike most cycling events, the Lewes Cycle Challenge is all about encouraging people to simply hop on a bike so that they can experience the benefits of riding first hand.”

A live league table on the challenge website will show which organisations are in the lead.

There will be a whole host of prizes that people can win just by participating, including a fantastic new bike worth more than £500 sponsored by Lewes Cycle Shack.

The Lewes Cycle Challenge was run in Lewes in 2011 with much success - three months after the event, 42 per cent of the non-cyclists who took part were still cycling.