Celebrating Cycle Challenge Jersey Winners08|07|2013
Over a thousand workers in Jersey have cycled nearly 73,000 miles in support of Cycle Challenge Jersey 2013 – the equivalent of travelling from St Helier to Cape Town 8 times and burning off more than 14,500 Jersey ice-creams.
The three week competition, which took place last month (10-30 June), aimed to introduce as many people to cycling as possible. Over 56 organisations competed to get the most people to take part relative to the size of their company. 175 people took to a bike for the first time in over a year to help their workplace ride to victory and to do their bit to help with easing congestion and pollution. In total over14,000 kilograms of CO2 was saved and nearly 2 million calories burned off.
Participants logged their cycling online and a variety of prizes were on offer for individuals and teams, from two specialised commuter bikes to day trips, health and beauty treatments, and restaurant vouchers. 200 cinema tickets were also awarded to those cycling for the first time in a year or more and to those who encouraged them to get back on a bike for the Challenge.
The Cycle Challenge had tremendous support from a number of local businesses. Many thanks to the companies who donated prizes and sponsored events including: Mark Pickford’s cycle shop, Big Maggy’s, Puffin Bike Hire, itravel, Sandra Jasmins, Chateau Vermont Gym, Jersey Kayak Adventures, The Cycle Centre Jersey, Katharine Falle Health & Beauty, Jersey Walk Adventures, The Royal Yacht, Aquasplash, Waitrose St Saviour, the Merchant House Brasserie, and Splashbox Entertainment.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Transport and Technical Services said: ”This is the first year the States of Jersey has done a Cycle Challenge event, so we could only estimate the response we would get by looking at the results from other areas in Britain that had held the same event. I am really delighted to say we truly surpassed our expectations and that is very much to the credit of those who were part of the organising team, those who have supported the event and above all to the enthusiasm of the Jersey public who got on their bikes. I was also very pleased to hear that TTS won the award for the largest size category, which demonstrates the Department’s commitment to greener, more sustainable travel. Thank you to everyone who took part.”
The winning teams are:
- 500+ Size Category – Transport and Technical Services, 13% of staff cycled
- 200 - 499 Size Category – Economic Development, 19% of staff cycled
- 50 - 199 Size Category – Physiotherapy team of Health & Social Services, 71% of staff cycled
- 20 - 49 Size Category – Treasury & Investor Solutions team of RBS International & NatWest, 91% of staff cycled
- 7 - 19 Size Category – Waddington Architects, 100% of staff cycled
- 3 - 6 Size Category – Executive team of Prosperity 24.7, 100% of staff cycled
There are plenty of other winners including the two top bike winners and the participant who encouraged the most new cyclists to get back in the saddle – all results and prizes winners are published at www.cyclechallengejersey.co.uk
Members of the top winning teams were rewarded for their efforts at a prize-giving presentation on Friday 5 July. They will also be rewarded with a team prize – a cycle-themed cake delivery to the office from The Cake Factory.