And they're off... the Cardiff Cycle Challenge begins!
What promises to be the biggest ever city-wide cycling challenge got under way in Cardiff this week.
From Monday 2 until Sunday 22 July, teams are competing in the Cardiff Cycle Challenge.
The idea is that individuals taking part can cycle at a time to suit them, even if it’s only for ten minutes. To make sure their journeys by bike contribute towards their team’s success, they must record their rides on the dedicated website - www.cardiffcyclechallenge.org.uk
Those who register and record their rides stand a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, from a hot air balloon ride across South Wales, to a luxury spa day and a £500 bicycle.
All those riding for the first time in a year or more will automatically win a Cineworld cinema ticket.
There are a host of events to make it fun and easy to take part. Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Tony Jewell, will launch a Sustainable Travel event for Welsh Government staff in Cathays Park on Friday 13 July.
Cycling is an easy, enjoyable way to get active and the Cardiff Cycle Challenge is a great way to get started.
Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Dr Jewell said: “I want Wales to be a place where people consider walking, cycling or public transport before getting in their cars.
He added: "Walking and cycling are great ways to incorporate exercise into your life. Regular exercise is key in maintaining a healthy weight, staying fit and reducing stress levels.”
The Cardiff Cycle Challenge is being organised in partnership by Cardiff Council, CTC, Challenge for Change, Environment Wales, Sustrans and Public Health Wales.
The Cardiff Cycle Challenge 2012 is funded by the Welsh Government in partnership with Environment Wales and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales through a Supporting Sustainable Living Phase 3 Grant. It is delivered through a cross sector partnership with Cardiff Council, CTC, Challenge for Change, Environment Wales, Sustrans and Public Health Wales and is supported by Cardiff Cycling Campaign, Pedal Power, South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Severn Wye Energy Agency and its Community Action for Climate Change Pathfinder Programme.
The Supporting Sustainable Living Grant aims to bring about long-term changes in behaviour and lifestyle that will help reduce Wales' greenhouse gas emissions and make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Over the last three years, CTC Challenge for Change have run Workplace Cycle Challenges that have engaged more than 60,000 people from 2,500 organisations. For more information, see www.challengeforchange.com.
Cardiff Cycle Challenge’s website is live and open for registrations. Businesses and individuals can register for free at www.cardiffcyclechallenge.org.uk.