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Cycling should be encouraged by companies, because it is incredible for your health. Studies have shown that people that cycle to work daily, are 45% less likely to develop cancer, and 46% less likely to suffer from heart disease, than those that don’t. In fact there is a lower risk of death from all causes, because you are fitter and healthier. This is based on a study of over a quarter of a million people. By cycling, keeping physically fit has become part of your daily routine – a good habit to have under any circumstances. Corporate cycling challenges are a fantastic way of encouraging this even further and your workplace will reap the benefits.

Working together to achieve a goal

Teams that work together are the ones that are the most productive. There is a better sense of camaraderie. Bearing in mind many people spend up to 40 hours a week with their work colleagues – this is often more than we see our families and friends, so it is essential for people to get on and support one another. Taking part in a cycling challenge is about achieving a shared goal through a unique experience. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment, just a bike in good repair and willingness to take part. These challenges have been labeled “the new golf”, as they are growing in popularity as a way to bring employees together in order to bond and build upon working relationships.

Supporting a good cause

Tens of millions of dollars have been raised through corporate cycling challenges, including essential funds for heart disease, multiple sclerosis, the fight against cancer, diabetes and a huge number of other extremely important causes. For instance, the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has to date raised almost $400 million. This ride sees both amateur and professional cyclists cover 200 km in two days. The money raised has provided valuable support to families and patients affected by cancer, as well as contributing to research, doctors and hospitals. The Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart, taking part in June this year, is another cycling challenge event that raises essential funds, and you can choose between 25, 50 or 75 km routes.

Getting fitter, getting healthy

Through cycling, you are investing in the fitness of your employees. 61% of Canadians say that they feel burned out at work. However, 91% of people say that exercise helps them to deal with stress. By having company members that exercise regularly, they are less likely have to take time off work due to illness, or stress-related conditions. Stress-related absences costs Canadian employers over $3 billion a year (Workplace Safety and Prevention Services). This has a big knock-on effect on businesses and their profits, as well as the national economy.

A corporate cycling challenge is not only a great way for employees to get fit, but you can also raise money for a good cause. You will bring workplace colleagues together to achieve an amazing shared goal, as well as helping others.

So are you ready for a challenge?

SHRED for success!

Written by: Tommy Europe