The Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge is a fun, free, trip-based team event for people of all cycling abilities that will coincide with National Bike Week 2021 (Sun 12th– Sat 18th Sept 2021). It is open to staff and students from workplaces and third level campuses who are partners of the Smarter Travel Programme. Participants have the chance to win some great prizes while connecting with their colleagues and organisation, being part of a team, and being active!

The Cycle Challenge aims to celebrate cycling as a form of transport and as a pastime, encouraging people to integrate cycling into their lifestyles and see cycling as a viable option on their commute.

You can check if your Workplace or Campus is participating in the list below. Once your organisation has registered to participate in the Cycle Challenge, staff and students can get together to form teams of 2-6 people.

Choose your Team Name and nominate a Team Captain. Each participant needs to have a working email address and have a registered and verified Active Travel Logger account. If you don’t yet have an account on the Active Travel Logger you can register here. Your Team Captain will be the main point of contact for your team and will set up your team on the Active Travel Logger website.

For more information on how to get started, creating a team, logging your cycling journeys and more, refer to our Cycle Challenge Participant Guide and our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on the header at the top of this page.

Participating Organisations

If your organisation is a partner of the Smarter Travel Programme and would like to register to take part, please ask your Smarter Travel Coordinator to email cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie

Accenture Henry J Lyons Roughan & O’Donovan
Analog Devices Institute of Art, Design and Technology Special Olympics Ireland
An Bord Pleanála IBM St. Columcille’s Hospital
Children’s Health Ireland Institute of Technology Carlow St. John’s Hospital, Limerick
Cork City Council Limerick Institute of Technology St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Cork University Hospital Mayo County Council Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland
DBFL Consulting Engineers Meath County Council Tallaght University Hospital
Department of Transport The National Maternity Hospital Transdev Dublin Light Rail
Dublin City Council National Transport Authority Trinity College Dublin
Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway University College Dublin
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Nikon Precision Europe University of Limerick
eBay Ireland Oberstown Children Detention Centre Verizon Services Ireland Limited
Fingal County Council Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
Galway University Hospital

Cycle Challenge Resources

The following Cycle Challenge resources can be used to help you plan and promote the Cycle Challenge in your organisation. Please click on the preferred link to download the Cycle Challenge resource. If you require an alternative format of these resources please contact cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie.

Resources on this page will be uploaded on a continuous basis. Be sure to revisit this section for updated Cycle Challenge resources.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions that are not addressed here, please email cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie.

The Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge is a fun, free team event. The aim is to clock up as many trips on your bike as you can during the challenge and to encourage your teammates, especially those who haven’t been on a bike for a while, to do the same. There are some fantastic prizes to be won. The Challenge is part of the Smarter Travel Workplaces & Campus programme for large employers and third level campuses promoting more sustainable travel. The Challenge is open to all staff and students from workplaces and campuses that are partners of the programme. For further information email info@smartertravelworkplaces.ie

  • Check on cyclechallenge.ie that your organisation is registered.
  • Get a team of 2-6 people together.
  • There is no minimum number of trips new cyclists must make for this challenge, so don’t worry if you’re taking your time building up trips.
  • The main thing is taking part, supporting your colleagues and having fun on your bike!
  • Once your team has a name and a Captain, participants can register for the challenge on the Active Travel Logger.
  • Every participant must register individually and log their trips. Click here for more information »

Distances aren’t logged as we want to make the competition open to as many new, returning and occasional cyclists as possible. If the competition was based solely on distance, club cyclists doing one long cycle at the weekend would leave everyone else in the dust!

By making 1 trip = 1 point, the efforts of someone who hasn’t cycled for years are appreciated as much as someone who cycles many miles every weekend for leisure.

You can see how you and your team are doing when you log into your Active Travel Logger and go to ‘Team Progress’. On this page, you will see your team average figures to date along with information on Calories burned. Your team’s progress will also be shown on the Leaderboards.

 

Winners of the Cycle Challenge Competitions will be published on www.cyclechallenge.ie.

You could use a Dublin bike, a Coke Zero bike in Cork, Limerick or Galway, a company fleet bike or borrow one from a friend to clock up a few trips.

Yes, spot checks are carried out throughout the challenge and the final Leaderboard will be published a few days after the end of the event to allow for a Quality Assurance on the accuracy of the top teams’ entries.

The Cycle Challenge is currently only open to staff and students in organisations that are Smarter Travel Partners.

Using a static bicycle does not count towards cycle trips. The purpose of Cycle Challenge is to encourage participants to cycle on the commute, on shopping trips, and for leisure and pleasure.

The Cycle Challenge is open to people of all cycling abilities whether using a pedal bike, an e-bike, an adapted bike, trike, hand bike, or tandems that offer more support.  All participants need to use a bike during the event.

Terms and Conditions

Use of this site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. The National Transport Authority reserves the right to make changes to this site and these terms and conditions at any time.

Details of prizes for Smarter Travel Campus and Smarter Travel Workplaces Challenges will be announced on the relevant prizes pages.

Prize winners names/ organisation will be published on our website, reports, social media and other events/ publications associated with the Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus programmes, and the National Transport Authority.

Winners may also be asked to participate in a publicity shoot. By participating in any photo shoots associated with Authority challenges or events, you consent to the use/ publication by the Authority of these images.

To be eligible for Prizes, winners must be resident in the Republic of Ireland, and be employees of an active Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Partner organisation.

In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Competitions or Challenges, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

The Authority reserves the right to award all, some or none of the prizes associated with any event or challenge.

Cycle Challenge Competition Winners

Welcome to The Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge 2021 Competition Winners Page.

Well done to all who participated in the Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge. It has been a fantastic and fun Challenge, with enthusiastic and motivated participants getting out on their bicycle, replacing car journeys with cycling trips, motivating teammates, and submitting some brilliant photos too.

The winners for various competitions are listed below and your prizes will be with you all shortly.

Final Leaderboard Winners

Rank Team Name Organisation
1st The Wheeled Warriors Special Olympics Ireland
2nd ORB Cork City Council
3rd Gym Crash Heroes St. Columcille’s Hospital

 

Winner of the Distance Competition: Ciaran Carolan, ‘DLR Bay Cyclists’, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council

Weekly Photo Competition

There was some tough competition here! Thank you to everyone who entered. It was fantastic seeing people out on their bicycles. These are the photo competition winners:

Daily theme Name Organisation Link to winning entry
Sunday ‘Cycle Together; Pamela Kavanagh Special Olympics Ireland N/A
Monday ‘Nature Near Me’ Margo Brady Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan Winning Photo
Tuesday ‘Cycle To Work/Campus’ Alan Owens Meath County Council Winning Photo
Wednesday ‘Most Colourful Team’ Hot Wheels Our Lady’s Hospital Navan Winning Photo
Wednesday ‘Most Colourful Team’ The Cyclomaniacs Special Olympics Ireland Winning Photo
Thursday ‘Cycle Happy’ Emma Aherne Limerick Institute of Technology Winning Photo
Friday ‘Me Time’ Ailsa Lyons St Vincent’s University Hospital Winning Photo
Saturday ‘Off To The Shops’ Saorlaith Ní Shuibhne DBFL Consulting Engineers Winning Photo
Bonus competition: ‘Wheeling In The Years’ Lara Fagan Meath County Council N/A

 

Congratulations to the winners of our Prize Draws:

Draw for participant in the Top 10 teams: Frank Fitzgerald, ‘The Spokes’, Cork City Council.

Draw for Team in 4th-20th place: ‘DCC Sport and Recked’, Dublin City Council.

Draw for ‘new’ Cyclist registered: Mugove Makura, ‘The Killer Wheels, Meath County Council.