Cycling to Success – with the Workforce Workfit Challenge

I’m the one on the bike

The Workforce Workfit Cycling Challenge was a great success this weekend. Despite the UKs worst fall of snow this year, over forty north east companies took part in the static bike time trial challenge in Eldon Square on Saturday and Metro Centre on Sunday. 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 girls title. Everyone gets the same prize – a fabulous guided cycle ride out in the gorgeous Northumberland countryside(when the snow has gone of course) together with a chance to sample the specially created ‘cyclists pie’ at the Allendale Forge cafe.

Jaclyn, Lucy and Sandra – JLS!
Is this the best face?

Trevor from Storck cycles was an absolute star and encouraged all our teams to exert their maximum effort. He dealt calmly with a number of cases of ‘jelly legs’ when people got off the bike and were 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 was JLS (Jaclyn, Lucy and Sandra) who got some matching names T shirts made to encourage team bonding. The tallest competitor was Andrew Brown from the Apple store who measured up at six feet six inches and the smallest competitor was Jill from Metro Centre Customer Services who was only four foot eleven. Plus she was the 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 and then there was the 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…The winners claim their prize
Cycling Challenge Success

Or is it this one?
Jill goes for the burn!

This one is good.