It’s well-established that commuting by bike is a Good Thing™. It saves you money and time, trims your waistline, and gets you to work fresh and invigorated. Cycle to Work Scheme provider CycleScheme is looking for 12 Super Commuters - dedicated bike commuters to be role models for the benefits of riding to work.
Announcing the competition to find Britain's Super Commuters, CycleScheme said: “Over the years we’ve managed to get quite a few people on bikes. We hear stories from people who have lost weight, become fitter, made new friends and spent time on their bikes outside of their commute. Cycling can quickly permeate many facets of your life and become something that you are very passionate about.
“That’s what we’re looking for — passion. We are on the hunt for the nation’s Super Commuters!”
These are people who ride to work every day, no matter the conditions, and can wax lyrical about the benefits. Enthusiasts. Evangelists.
CycleScheme is looking for 12 Super Commuters, one for each region of the UK. Throughout the year they will be set a series of tasks such as writing a blog post on their commutes, reviewing the latest commuter gear, talking about cycle commuting on their Facebook pages or convincing a friend to cycle to work.
CycleScheme added: “There will of course be rewards along the way. Freebies and kit from some big name brands as well as a starring role in our Cycle to Work Day campaign later in the year. To kick things off, our 12 Super Commuters will each receive an Endura Luminite jacket, trousers, gloves and overshoes plus a RoadHawk helmet camera”
Entries close on February 16 and more details are on the competition’s Facebook page.
Sounds like fun, but we’re really not too sure about that cape. What would Edna Mode say?
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.