Less than a week to go until Winter Wheelers

People across West Yorkshire invited to take part in fun, friendly advent calendar cycle challenge

26 November 2019

People across the region are being given some extra motivation to keep pedalling throughout December by taking part in Winter Wheelers – a fun, friendly advent calendar cycle challenge run through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bike and on foot.

The Combined Authority has joined forces with Winter Wheelers organiser Love to Ride for the UK-wide event aimed at celebrating winter cycling with an advent calendar for grown-ups.

Registering on the Love to Ride website allows participants to log miles, set goals and earn badges for cycling to work for a week, riding 100 miles or encouraging a friend or colleague to take part, with friendly competitions taking place between individuals and workplaces.

A spokesperson for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “We want as many people as possible to get involved in Winter Wheelers – whether you cycle every day or whether you haven’t been on a bike in years, if you’re cycling for transport or for fun, whatever time and wherever you’re going, our online cycle challenges help provide that extra bit of motivation, especially at this time of year.”

Love to Ride can be easily connected to many popular cycling apps, such as Strava, which will then automatically record rides on Love to Ride and enter riders into daily prize draws for winter riding gear.

Winter cycling

Shorter days and a change in the weather can seem like an easy excuse to put your bike away until spring, but following just a few simple tips will make staying in the saddle this winter as easy as riding a bike.