THE CITY’s largest sports and leisure provider is urging people to jump into the saddle to take on a Tour de France style fitness challenge.
Coventry Sports Foundation (CSF), which manages three sports and leisure centres across the city, is taking its fitness programme up a gear and launching a “Tour de Lifestyles” cycle challenge.
The competition will see members attempt to cycle a gruelling 210km journey on a recumbent or upright bike located in fitness suites at Centre AT7 on Bell Green Road, the Alan Higgs Centre on Allard Way and Xcel Leisure Centre on Mitchell Avenue.
Participants will be able to split the journey into 21 stages travelling up to 10km per stage and the rider that travels the furthest distance in the fastest time at each centre will then be crowned ‘Tour de Lifestyles’ champion 2014.
They will be presented with a ‘Tour de Lifestyles’ yellow jersey while runners-up prizes will include medals and water bottles.
The event will co-inside with this year’s Tour De France competition which will see around 200 professional cyclists set off from Leeds on Saturday, July 5 before travelling 3,660km to arrive in Paris on Sunday, July 27.
Emma Harrison, from CSF, said: “We really wanted to host our own cycle challenge to encourage more people to get involved in the sport and spark-up a bit of friendly competition among members as well as being an incentive to get fit at the same time.
“A large map of the Tour de France course will also be on display at each site and will give people the chance to track their location and even see how close they are to cycling stars Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.”
To take part, ask an instructor at any centre for a challenge card and to find out more about membership packages visit covsf.com or enquire in centre for details.