The competition aims to increase the uptake of cycling by encouraging more new people to cycle to work and spur on people who already cycle to do so more often. Following on from Le Tour de France’s exciting visit to Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire in July, the Challenge is a great way to continue the cycling spirit!
Anyone can take part as long as they live or work in Cambridgeshire by initially registering on the Challenge website: https://cambscyclechallenge.pleasecycle.com
Once registered participants record every journey they make (both to work and for leisure) during the Challenge period, either on the Challenge website, or on a tablet/smartphone by using a free app. The app has GPS functionality so that journeys can be tracked as the user cycles and are then automatically logged to their account.
There are lots of prizes for different categories of riders (e.g. novice, rusty rider, intermediate and advanced), awarded weekly as well as overall winners – so regular cyclists will not ride off with all the prizes!
Although the actual Challenge does not start until 15th September, users can start logging their rides as soon as they register, as there are a number of rewards from national suppliers provided based on the number trips/miles made. However, only journeys made during 15th September to 12th October will count toward the prizes awarded as part of the Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge.
Do sign up to take part and encourage your employer to promote the challenge to all your work colleagues. Promotional material including posters and flyers are available from email@example.com
This year the Challenge is being run by PleaseCycle and Outspoken on behalf of Travel for Cambridgeshire (formerly the Travel for Work Partnership) and Cambridgeshire County Council.