connect-banner-for-euro-cycle-challenge-270-x-612The European Cycling Challenge – ECC2016 is a urban cyclists’ team competition. It takes place from 1 to 31 May 2016. It is a challenge among European cities: the City that “rides” the longest total distance wins!

The challenge is open to all people living in participating cities, or travelling to/from/across those cities for work, study or other reasons.

Breaking news – you can help Team Glasgow become the European Cycling Challenge 2016 champions by signing up to cycle for the We Go Pedal team! Go to the Cycling Challenge website, create an account, select Glasgow and then select We Go Pedal under Others and that’s you joined our team! Then all you need to do is down load the app and get out on your bike!

All journeys made by bicycle instead of other means of transportation (such as car, motorcycle or any engine powered vehicles) are accepted. For instance: journeys to and from workplace, school, to shopping, to go to the cinema, etc… are valid journeys.

Local cyclists and cycling representatives from various organisations including Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council are coming together to show their support for Team Glasgow as the city takes part in its first European Cycle Challenge. Glasgow is the only city in Scotland to have signed up for the challenge.

There are also excellent prizes donated by the leaders in cycling. Details of these will be available on the web page shortly. And during the challenge GCC will have an ongoing promotion via social media and will be using the hashtags #glasgowcycling and #ecc2016eu

Participation is free! To join ECC2016 subscribe to your City Team, download the free Cycling365 app for your smartphone and track your journeys by bicycle. Your km will contribute to the total mileage of your team.

How does it work and which cycle journeys count?

Each individual will be asked to register their cycle journeys, the more distance pedalled, the better the city will do. All cycle journeys will be tracked through the cycling365 app

Commuting, business travel by bike, leisure cycling, even training rides count. Only competitive sporting events and static bike miles aren’t included.

The information is used to create a live European wide ‘heat map’ to show where everyone, throughout Europe is cycling. The app also generates individual heat maps with stats on how far and how often you have cycled.

Your support will help encourage widespread participation. The more people who participate in the launch and event as a whole, the more useful the data provided will be.

At the end of the May, the city with the highest number of registered cycled kilometres will be declared the winner.

Further information on the European Cycle Challenge is available at: