Cycling Challenge – part of the Worforce Workfit initiative
This cycling challenge had to be an indoor event. It was the middle of winter and bad weather was forecast. Despite the UK’s worst fall of snow in years, it managed to be a great success.
Everyone mucked in to make up teams of indoor cycling champions. Over forty North East companies took part in the static bike time trial challenge in local indoor shopping centres.
Eldon Square was the venue on Saturday and Gateshead’s Metro Centre on Sunday. Teams had pre booked their time trails at different tine slots throughout the day but the snow put paid to that. Quite a few teams couldn’t make it or were late combating the snow bound traffic.
And the winners are…
We had some fantastic teams and where there were spaces on the schedule, impromptu teams from the shopping centre shops came out and joined in too!
Durham University Triathlon Team just pipped the Marines at the post to clinch the top spot, but the ambulance paramedics team weren’t far behind. The winning team did a distance of 7.68 kilometres in 15 minutes over pretty hilly terrain cycling around our virtual ‘Villagio’ Turbo Trainer route.
The ladies from Durham County Council just edged ahead of our NHS Tees team to take the girl’s title. Everyone was awarded the same fabulous prize. A guided cycle ride out in the gorgeous Northumberland countryside, when the snow has melted, together with a chance to sample the specially created ‘cyclists pie’ at the Allendale Forge cafe.
Cycling more than just a competition
Trevor owns Storck cycles and is an absolute star. His company provided the static bikes for us. He encouraged all our teams to exert themselves to their maximum effort. He dealt calmly with a number of cases of ‘jelly legs.’ Jelly legs happen when people got off the bike and go all wobbly. Some were even in danger of collapse!
‘Spin your legs out’ was the official advice. That’s cycling lingo by the way. We also decided to give a few extra ‘virtual’ prizes for some other stand out participants.
Best dressed team award went to JLS (Jaclyn, Lucy and Sandra) who wore matching names T shirts to encourage team bonding. The tallest competitor award went to Andrew Brown from the Apple store. He measures up at six feet six inches!
The smallest competitor was Jill from Metro Centre Customer Services who was only four foot eleven.Jill was alsothe only competitor to do the challenge in a skirt while wearing platform shoes so she could reach the pedals!
We also gave a prize for the best team name which went to ‘Spoketoosoon’ from Newcastle College.
There was also an award for the best cycling face when hitting the toughest hill of the route. You will have to make your own mind up about this one…