PRIZES were given for the best cycling efforts after a challenge to get people on their bikes.
The Chichester Cycle Challenge, which began on June 23 and finished on July 13, encouraged organisations to rack up the most miles on their bikes.
Prizes included Indian head massages, chocolate hampers and a brand-new mountain bike.
Sue Ogilvy, who works for the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, won the mountain bike worth £500, after being randomly selected.
She used her daughter’s bike to take part in the cycle challenge, and now she will have one of her own
“It’s amazing,” she said. “I used to cycle a lot when I was younger.”
Competitors gathered at Bills restaurant on Wednesday, July 23, to find out the results and collect prizes.
Categories depended on the size of the business, and John Wiley and Sons took the top spot for the 500-plus staff category.
The company won 25 tickets for Chichester Festival Theatre.
In the group for 200 to 499 staff, the University of Chichester’s professional services team took the top spot, and took home 12 Montezuma’s hampers.
The South Downs National Park Authority took the prize for the 50 to 199 staff category. The staff won ten Indian head massages at Toucan Beauty in Donnington.
For the 20 to 49 category, Southbourne Surgery won, and recieved 50 bars of Montezuma’s chocolate. There were 58 firms in this category.
For the seven to 19 staff category, Bunn Leisure’s accounts team won, and every member of staff took part. In return, they received four tickets for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Companies with three to six staff had 58 entrants, and head office at Bridle Opticians took the top spot.
Staff were given a bicycle themed cake from Marks and Spencer.
Fred Ellis, who ran the challenge, said: “Well done and thank you to the 65 organisations and 652 participants that got involved in this challenge.
“Together you have clocked up an impressive 38,806 miles and saved 12.6 tonnes of CO2, burning off more than one million calories over the three-week challenge.”
There were plenty of spot prizes given out throughout the challenge. For all the results, visit www.lovetoride.net/chichester
The challenge was funded by West Sussex County Council.