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Tour de France getting workers back in the saddle for fitness fun

Colleagues Darren Darley and Simon Jenman race each other on roller bikes at the Cycle to Work event held at the White Rose office Park.

Colleagues Darren Darley and Simon Jenman race each other on roller bikes at the Cycle to Work event held at the White Rose office Park.

Cycling to work is one healthy step towards sustainability.

And with the Tour de France less than 100 days away, employers are hoping to set a two-wheeled precedent by getting staff back in the saddle.

A cycle to work event saw staff from the likes of O2 and HSBC enjoy cycling simulators and free Bike Doctor checks through go:cycling at the White Rose Office Park. The office park, which hosts 5,500 staff, boasts a cycle club and monthly travel events. At present, only one in 100 adults cycles to work in Leeds and Sheffield.

Investment in cycling infrastructure through the likes of the £30m Leeds to Bradford supercycleway as well as the regional Tour de France Cycle Yorkshire legacy campaign is hoped to change this however.

Cycling is well known to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Dr Louise Ellis, head of sustainability at the University of Leeds, said: “It helps your immune system and regulates your sleeping pattern and the other thing as far as commuting is concerned is that it is proven to increase your awareness. It also allows people that can’t do certain exercise to get fit because it’s so low impact.”

 

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