Staff rewarded for taking on cycling champions!

Staff teams and individuals from Warwickshire County Council who got in the spirit of competitive cycling for last month’s Aviva Women’s Tour have been rewarded for their efforts.


IMG_9166The Tour came to Warwickshire on Thursday 16 June as Warwickshire County Council and partners the University of Warwick hosted Stage 2 of the international women’s cycle race, sponsored in Warwickshire by Aldi.

In conjunction with Freedom Fitness in Warwick, the Council held a Static Bike Race in Warwick’s Market Square which saw more than 20 teams of staff challenging each other to cycle the furthest.

Winners of the challenge were the ‘Spoke and Mirrors’ team, made up of leadership team members from the Council’s Communities Group, with an impressive combined distance of 16.84km in just five minutes. Each team member – Mark Ryder, Monica Fogarty, Andy Dunn, Phil Evans and Alison Insley – received a one week guest pass for Freedom Fitness plus a £20 Merchants voucher, which was kindly donated by the business.

In second place were ‘Resources Revolutions’, a team of staff members from across the Council’s Resources Group – John Betts, Michael Letters, Steve Smith, Sarah Duxbury and Craig Cusack – with an equally impressive distance of 15.96km.

The individual female who clocked up the most kilometres was Sharon Wilkins with an amazing 3.39km in five minutes, while the fastest male was the impressive Mark Ryder with an astounding 3.68km. Both Sharon and Mark each won a £10 Rose & Crown voucher along with an LA Fitness one week pass (pictured receiving their prizes from Aviva Women’s Tour Race Director, Guy Elliott).

The Aviva Women’s Tour saw 96 of the world’s best women cyclists ride the full distance of Warwickshire from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon in the second stage of what is fast becoming one of the most eagerly awaited cycling events on the annual sporting calendar.

The staff challenge event was part of the County Council’s efforts to engage and excite new and established cyclists, and encourage them to see cycling as an alternative way to travel, as well as a leisure activity.

Interested in doing more cycling and want to learn about how to do it safely? Read about free “bikeability” training in your area.