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TAG Farnborough Airport cycle team takes on an Olympic challenge

6th August 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

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Five TAG Farnborough Airport employees successfully completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a 100-mile cycle race through London and Surrey celebrating the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on Sunday 4 August 2013. The team’s efforts were in support of the airport’s Sustainable Travel Plan, which encourages staff to cycle to work as part of a wider commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Peter Cuthbert, Safety Co-ordinator (far left); Eddie Knighton, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Manager (centre left); Mike Kettley, Customer Service Agent (centre right); and Tim Mason, Customer Service Agent (far right) each cycled 25 miles to complete the business relay in five hours and 25 minutes. Miles Thomas, Environment Manager (centre), completed the full 100-mile course in six hours and four minutes.

“It was a privilege to take part in the first RideLondon-Surrey 100 and cycle the Olympic route,” said Thomas. “Each team member used their daily commute to train for the event, supporting our commitment to sustainable staff travel and reducing emissions.”

Since 2008, the airport has supported the Government’s cycle to work initiative, Cyclescheme, with over 30% of the workforce using the scheme to purchase a bike to date.

The airport is also an active member of the Farnborough Travel Plan Network, which is run in partnership with Hampshire Country Council and WSP consultants and brings together local businesses to share best practice and develop opportunities for sustainable travel.

Fleet-based bike shop Pedal Heaven supported the team by providing shirt sponsorship as well as energy products and spare inner tubes for the race.