VIDEO: Cycle challenge launch in Chichester

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Take advantage of the summer sunshine and saddle up for a cycle challenge aimed at getting people to lead more active lifestyles.

The Chichester Workplace Challenge was launched today (Friday, April 8) outside the Assembly Rooms in North Street Chichester. The idea is to encourage businesses across the district to get more than 1,000 employees cycling for ten minutes or more during the three week scheme as well as get 150 new cyclists taking part.

The challenge will officially start on Sunday, May 8 and run until Sunday, May 29 and there will be prizes for workplaces which can get the most new cyclists involved and for the top biking commuter.

The event has been organised by Chichester District Council, the Department of Health South East, NHS West Sussex, West Sussex County Council, Active Susses and CTC Challenge for Change.

Last year more than 900 people took part, cycling 47,000 miles - the equivalent of almost twice around the world.

Challeneg coordinator Alister Linton-Crook said: “It is free to take part andyou don’t need to be Sir Chris Hoy or wear Lycra to take part.”

All riders need to do is register their business or leisure cycle ride online at www.chichestercyclechallenge.co.uk.

Other cycling events taking place this summer include the Salterns Way Bike Ride in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. and Macmillan Cancer Support and the Dive100 Women Only charity ride on Sunday, May 8 at Cowdray Park Golf Club, Midhurst.