Staff at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have signed up to a national cycling competition and logged hundreds of miles of pedal power around the Aberdeen area.
The National Cycle Challenge, which aims to highlight how healthy and enjoyable cycling is, started on Monday, June 8 and runs until Sunday, June 28.
More than 15,000 people from over 1,750 businesses and organisations across the UK are taking part in the challenge this year. Participants are required to cycle for a minimum of ten minutes each day.
Over 70 RGU employees have signed up to the challenge so far and hundreds of miles have already been registered for the University on the challenge’s official website - www.lovetoride.net/uk
The team will work together to compete against other organisations and clock up as many miles as possible. The top prizes from winning the challenge include a trip to New Zealand, a trip to Amsterdam and vouchers for outdoor sports and activities.
Principal of RGU, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: “The National Cycle Challenge is a fun way to introduce exercise in to your daily routine. It also fits very well with the University’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy to encourage healthy lifestyles across the campus and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”
Judith Logan, Transport Manager at RGU helped organise the University’s participation in the competition.
She said: “We are delighted that RGU is taking part in the National Cycle Challenge this year for the first time. More than 70 staff have signed up to the challenge, and hopefully many more will follow. The challenge gives experienced and new cyclists the chance to enjoy, and share, the benefits of cycling.”
Participants can start at any time within the three week competition period, so it’s not too late to register on the challenge’s website.
RGU’s participation in the National Cycle Challenge is the latest of a number of health and wellbeing based programmes at the university following the launch of the University’s ‘Fit for the Future’ initiative which takes a whole systems approach to health and wellbeing for staff and students.
Fit for the Future’s monthly e-magazine, New You, is published on RGU’s website and provides advice information on healthy eating and exercise from experts at the University.
For more information about the National Cycle Challenge, and to register, please visit: www.lovetoride.net/uk