Pedal power helps Premier Training rack up the miles

Richard Sharp (left) and Love to Ride's Jane Martin

Premier Training staff got on their bikes as part of an annual cycling challenge.

Led by tutor Richard Sharp, the team racked up more than 400 miles in the saddle as part of Love to Ride’s Cycle September initiative.

That saw Richard and co finish as runners-up in their category – for companies based in the North East Lincolnshire region with 7-19 members of staff.

Richard Sharp (left) and Love to Ride's Jane Martin

Richard Sharp (left) and Love to Ride’s Jane Martin

Love to Ride aims to get more people cycling using its online platform, local promotion and human interaction.

Local Project Manager for Love to Ride North East Lincolnshire, Jane Martin, said: “We’re an organisation that tries to get as many people cycling as possible – it’s all about changing their long-term habits.

“We run a series of events through the year. We have Ride to Work Week in March and Bike Week in June, while Cycle September is our biggest event. Then we have Winter Wheelers in December too.

“Richard and Premier Training have received this award for September because they gained points for cycling frequently.

Super cycling success

“It’s great to have a cycling enthusiast like Richard in an organisation because he can encourage other people to ride regularly, and spread the word. Well done to everyone involved!”

Richard added: “I initially started cycling to work as a way to improve my fitness and make a contribution, albeit a miniscule one, to reducing emissions from cars.

“I heard about the Love to Ride initiative from our son and joined the group in March 2017. It has certainly helped motivate me to ride more frequently than I otherwise would, especially the commute to and from work.

“My fitness level has improved significantly, from my first 17-mile ride to work where I struggled at times, to being able to ride from Blackpool Tower to Cleethorpes Pier in a day, a total of 163 miles.”

  • Find out more about Love to Ride here.


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