The LMB has once again participated in the annual Love to Ride Cycle September challenge, and has cycled to a resounding success, coming first in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in the 500-1999 staff members category, and second in the same category at the national level. The annual challenge is a fun, free competition that encourages work colleagues to experience first-hand the benefits of riding a bike – for commuting, for leisure, to get fit, and as a greener way to travel.
The challenge rewards cyclists with one point for every mile cycled and ten points for each day of cycling logged. Encouraging people to join the challenge is also rewarded, with 50 points for encouraging an existing cyclist and 100 points for signing up a new rider. By the end of the month, LMB cyclists had racked up an incredible 18,959 points.
In total, LMB cyclists logged an impressive 8539 miles, across 1437 trips. Per Love to Ride’s calculations, this represents a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 3389 pounds.
The LMB received most points from the efforts of a handful of dedicated cyclists, who each contributed hundreds of miles; David Paul (565 miles), Donna Mallery (552 miles), Poppy Marriott (437 miles), and Adam Mayes (403 miles).
LMB’s position at the top of the leaderboard was solidified by the contributions of the Lab’s most frequent riders; Joana Milão (80 trips), Amber Wu (75 trips), Miguel Mestre (58 trips), and Sam Roberts (53 trips).
The LMB has taken part in numerous cycle challenges over the years. This year, Laura Evans took on the role of Challenge Champion, encouraging staff to enter, cycle and log their journeys.