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European Cycling Challenge 2017

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 with the Glasgow boundary but recorded over 127,750 km in total.

This year, working in partnership with 7 Local Authorities we are 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!

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ECC 2017 - Glasgow Region Map

Why should I take part?

Infrastructure - By taking part you are helping local councils develop cycle routes in your area. The development of a rational cycle network takes time - time to plan, time to fund and time to build. It’s important to get the right routes in the right place and it’s that part of the planning process that everyone can take part in.

The European Cycling Challenge isn’t your run of the mill cycle promotion. It provides those areas that take part with a snap shot of where people cycle for the month of May. That snap shot can then be used to help plan improvements to existing routes and plan new ones. 

So if you want to play a part in the improvement of cycling for everyone, take part in the challenge. All collected GPS data remains anonymous. 

Health - The health benefits of cycling are well known and contribute to both your physical and mental well-being. For more info visit:

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/pages/cycling.aspx

Prizes - 

Asides from the fun of cycling and providing very real help in cycle route planning, we have gathered over 120 prizes from the leading makers of cycle kit.  Whether cycle locks from Kryptonite, clothing and equipment from Proviz and Endura to name only a few, if you need an incentive we have them. See a full list of goodies to be won here!

We will be doing Prize Draws throughout the challenge, all you need to do is get on your bike and log some rides throughout May to be in with a chance of winning.

How do I take part?

  • Sign up for the challenge at cyclingchallenge.eu or on the Naviki app and choose Glasgow City Region (available on Apple, Android and Windows).
  • You can also choose your sub-team (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, find a handy step-by-step tutorial from Naviki here.

* If you would like to set up a sub-team for your workplace, school or group, please email [email protected] with the name of your team and category. For example, Bridgeton Wheelers, Other.
We can also provide some promotional material to encourage your fellow colleagues and cyclists to sign up, please email the address above with your requirements and where you are based.

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

Register now!

Create your account and find out more information at:

www.cyclingchallenge.eu