Today saw our first cycling roadshow of the year take place in Reading and we were joined by some friends in uniform. The team from Reading Neighbourhood Policing were on hand to give out advice about bike security including free postcode marking stickers to deter thieves, and aid the safe return of stolen goods.
Reading Borough Council officers were also available to give out the new maps showing local cycle routes as well as those further afield, plus information about the benefit of cycling for a healthy lifestyle. The CTC’s Javed was also able to inform members of the public about cycle training schemes and the new ‘Bike Kitchen’ where people can pop along and learn more about cycle maintenance.
As this was our first event of the year it was also the first opportunity to run our successful Golden Minute Challenge where people are invited to see how far they can pedal a bike using our stationary trainer in one minute. The Urban Limits Team of Andy and Rich put down solid times as benchmarks but it didn’t take long for them to be beaten!
Tim took an early lead and was at the top for a few hours with 0.42 miles until a brace of Jamies! Jamie E matched the distance before Jamie X beat the mark by 0.01. It looked like the winning distance right up until the end when a very modest Ed turned up (apparently he doesn’t ride a bike and doesn’t keep fit) and then set an all-time-top-10 distance of 0.44 miles. Our record is 0.47 set in 2012 by Stephen & Ray (also from Reading) and we hope to find someone who can beat that this year.
And the winner…Ed!
Keep an eye out on our twitter and facebook feeds for details of the next chance to take part. Anyone who takes up the challenge will stand a chance of winning a set of Monkey Lights worth £50 as tested by ourselves in November.
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