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European Cycling Challenge 2017

Published Wednesday, 10 May 2017

European Cycling Challenge

The ECC is the biggest cycling event across Europe.

The idea is to encourage people to use their bikes as much as possible. It’s about everyday cycling for everyone. ALL cycling is permitted with the exception of sporting and training events.

Whether you are cycling all the way to work, to the station, going to the shops or just enjoying being out on your bike, we want you to take part and record your routes to help improve cycling across the Clyde Valley.

Last year, 52 cities, including Glasgow, joined the Challenge. Over 46,000 people cycled four million kilometres (4,000,000 km) during the month of May. Glasgow finished a respectable 18th with 72,000km recorded within the Glasgow boundary but recorded over 127,750 km in total.

This year, working in partnership with neighbouring authorities we are all participating as the “Glasgow City Region”. This means that whether you are cycling from East Kilbride to Glasgow, along to Croy station to get the train, along Byres Road, or on the Bears Way, all your journeys will count!

How do I take part?

  • Sign up for the challenge at cyclingchallenge.eu and choose Glasgow City Region.
  • Download the official app, Naviki - available on Apple, Android and Windows. On the app (or webpage), go to Leaderboards (cup icon) and choose any other group information (e.g. individual College or Workplace)
  • Record your journeys throughout the month of May on the app. You can also use data from Strava or other route trackers or, trips can also be manually logged.

For more info, there is a step-by-step tutorial from Naviki.

During May a newsletter will be sent out on a weekly basis to keep you aware of what’s going on! This will include cycling events in the area including led rides, cycling gala days etc.

Events

Throughout the month of May there will be a number of events and led rides held to celebrate the ECC. A full list of events will be posted here - ECC Events

Prizes

There are over 120 prizes up for grabs throughout the month! These are awarded by distance and through prize draws. All you need to do is get on your bike and log some rides throughout May to be in with a chance of winning.

Benefits

Health - The health benefits of cycling are well known and contribute to both your physical and mental wellbeing. For more info visit: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/pages/cycling.aspx

Cycling Infrastructure - All collected GPS data remains anonymous but is used to help improve cycle routes and guide network development.

Register now!

Create your account and find out more information at: www.cyclingchallenge.eu

Information on local events, prizes and troubleshooting can be found at www.nhsggc.org.uk/ECC