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Cycle September 2020 

Love to Ride’s annual autumn cycle challenge has been another successful event for the team from SYPTE. A total of 13 colleagues took part, clocking up nearly 2,500 miles between them, which resulted in an improved placing of second in the 200-499 staff category – two places higher than in 2019 and a tremendous effort from all who took part!

Cycle September is one of Love to Ride’s flagship global cycling challenges, and across South Yorkshire 121 organisations took part cycling a total of 228,806 miles during the challenge. Laura Fish is a Sustainable Travel Business Advisor, she took part for the first time this year and placed in the top 10 New Female Riders category.

“A few weeks into lockdown I realised how little physical activity I was doing. My parents gave us a static bike and I quickly built up to doing 8-10km a day, I felt much more energetic and positive after each ride. Recording the figures via an app, it made me feel proud that I was achieving something.

When we found out static bike mileage could be included in the Cycle September promotion – I felt even better. I was now supporting a campaign that we actively promote to businesses – as well as helping our organisation to climb the leader board.”

Laura has also been inspired to get her daughter’s bike back on the road using a voucher from the recent Fix Your Bike Scheme, which contributed towards a check and essential repairs.

Becca Mews is the current SYPTE ‘Cycle Champion’ so naturally took part, and was proud of her efforts eventually placing 12th in the Top Female Riders in the county. She also helped to promote the scheme and encourage colleagues at SYPTE to take part.

“This year’s Cycle September has been an opportunity to reflect how cycling has changed for me over the last year. This year has been slightly different to previous years but even more rewarding and challenging! After getting into road cycling back in March’s lockdown, this year Cycle September has been less about commuting to the office and cycling as a mode of transport, but more as a means of getting in my daily exercise, challenging my fitness, improving my mental and physical health and achieving all of this whilst following social distancing rules.  

If you asked me back in September 2019 if I’d be cycling over 620km and 33 hours for Cycle September, I would have seriously doubted it.”

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