National Cycle Challenge – The Results!

You’ll remember that we told you back in June that RGU would be taking part in the National Cycle challenge (see blog post here). The aim was to log as many miles as possible as part of a national competition, which ran from 8 until 28 June.


L to R: Amar Nayak, Dr Barbara Mackenzie, and Colin Jones

75 RGU employees took part, logging an incredible 5481 miles, helping RGU to finish third in the main Scotland category.

Dr Barbara Mackenzie from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences was awarded top rider overall in Scotland, out of 678 participants. During the 3 week challenge she cycled an impressive 56 times, covering 207 miles and climbing 9643 feet.

Amar Nayak and Colin Jones, from ABS and the IT service respectively, were also in the top 5 rider. Amar travelled 96 miles over his 44 rides, and Colin 257 miles in 41 rides.

Dr Mackenzie said ” I absolutely love cycling, the sense of freedom it gives is unmatched. I also love tinkering with my bike, and have built my own from scratch. I try to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and explore.

I am a mountain biker first and foremost, although I do have a road bike too. I often ride to work or on tarmace but my main enjoyment comes from cycing across forests and mountains.

Scotland was recently voted the best country in the world for mountain bkiking access and its easy to see why. Cycling is an activity which can be as easy or as challenging as you make it, and at the end of the day if you enjoy it, it doesn’t matter how fast you go or how many miles you cover. I cycle because I love it”

Judith Logan, Transport Manager, helped organise the university’s participation in the competition. She was delighted that so many staff took part, and that the university did so well.

Some staff took up cycling for the first time, some started again after a break, and those that already cycled have encouraged others to do the same whilst pushing themselves further.

It is hoped that this will become an annual event, and that next year’s result will be even better!



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