The LMB has continued its winning cycling record by taking first place in its category in the Love to Ride Cambridgeshire event – part of the National Cycle Challenge. LMB were winners of the 200-499 staff category with 49,224 points, with 22% of staff competing. The National Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourages work colleagues to experience first hand the benefits of riding a bike – for commuting, to get fit and for leisure.
This year’s challenge took place from 1st – 30th September 2016. During the month-long challenge, 9,969 miles were cycled by LMB staff, 6,970 of which were commuting miles. The LMB’s top rider was Geoff Wilkinson, from the Operations Group, who earned 732 distance points calculated at 1 point per mile cycled. Second place was Wayne Rednall, also from the Operations Group, who earned 608 distance points – one day he rode 118 miles for fun.
As winners of this category the LMB has won a deluxe repair station (without pump) and a free cycle parking audit. The station is an all-in-one repair facility that includes a wheel holder and a repair stand and provides a stable mount for any bike and a range of eight tools to make adjustments and repairs on the spot. It will be installed close to the LMB’s cycle shed and be made available to all LMB cyclists to fix their bikes when necessary.
The LMB has over the past six years taken part in numerous cycle challenges. This year’s challenge was taken on as part of the LMB’s Wellbeing Initiative, to encourage staff to be more active. Alison Turnock, one of the LMB’s Wellbeing Champions, took on the role of Challenge Champion encouraging staff to enter, cycle and log their journeys.