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?
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.