Chichester Cycle Challenge winners announced

HUNDREDS of workers combined to cycle the equivalent of 23 Tour de France races during the a three-week competition.

The Chichester Cycle Challenge saw workplaces in the city and beyond competing to introduce as many people to cycling as possible.

More than 700 people from 54 different organisations took part – with almost a third describing themselves as ‘non-cyclists’.

Prizes have now been handed out to the workplaces who managed to get the highest proportion of employees to ride a bike for ten minutes.

The University of Chichester was champion in the largest category – employers with more than 500 staff – after encouraging one in seven workers to take part.

Other winners included: The Faculty Department, University of Chichester (200-499 category); South Downs National Park Authority (50-199 category); Express Printing Ltd, Bognor Regis (20-49 category); Human Resources Department, Chichester College (7-19 category); and Insight Team, West Sussex County Council (3-6 category).

Roy Clifton, of Express Printing Ltd, Bognor Regis, said: “It was a fun initiative, everyone got involved and it brought a great atmosphere into the workplace.”

West Sussex County Council member for highways and transport Pieter Montyn, said: “Almost 5,000 journeys were recorded during the Chichester Cycle Challenge, so by our calculations the calorie equivalent of 17,000 glasses of wine was burned off.

“We hope all those who took part can appreciate the benefits of cycling and keep on riding.

The full list of results is available by visiting www.lovetoride.net/chichester.