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Cambridge beats old rival in Workplace Cycle Challenge

Workplace Cycle Challenge success for both shades of blue

The latest manifestation of the age-old rivalry between Cambridge and Oxford has been won by the light blues.

Both cities ran Workplace Cycle Challenges between 7 and 27 June but it was Cambridge that managed to persuade more people onto their bikes, with 132 new cyclists compared to Oxford’s 117.

The three-week challenge saw organisations in Cambridge clock up more than 163,500 miles.

Of course Cambridge had the advantage of being an official Cycling Town, and thus has more Government cash to encourage cycling.

The top teams in Cambridge were the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the British Antarctic Survey, the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IUCN, Cambridge Mechatronics, Hinxton Hall finance department, and The Wellcome Trust.

Mike Davies, programme manager for Cycle Cambridge, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many Cambridge businesses and organisations supporting the challenge.”

The news was greeted with a very measured response from the Oxford cycling community.

Richard Mann, vice-chair of Cyclox, the Oxford cycling campaign group, said, “We congratulate Cambridge on their success. The Workplace Challenge has proved to be a good way to get more people cycling. In Oxford's case we concentrated on some out-of-town business parks, and are quietly pleased with the result. Cycling is particularly effective for people who don't have access to Oxford's excellent bus services.”

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine ( 

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