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Customer Competition: The Final 5

Over the past year our super savvy cyclists have been busy sending us in their inspiring travel stories, snaps and Skedaddlin’ experiences from across the globe and we wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who got involved.

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We’re now excited to reveal the shortlisted monthly winners of our 2016 Customer Competition. So, here are the final 5…

  1. Entry 1: Mike Heath’s festive adventure tale
    Trip: Volcanes y Playas, Costa Rica
  2. Entry 2: William Steinmetz’s Facebook blogging
    Trip: Chateaux of the Loire, France
  3. Entry 3: Harry and Margaret Watson’s poem
    Trip: Land’s End to John O’Groats, UK
  4. Entry 4: Denise D’Abadie’s blog series
    Trip: The Lake District, Chile and Argentina
  5. Entry 5: Nigel Rees’ super snaps and write up
    Trip: Coastal Explorer, Sardinia

Over to you…
You’ve read their experiences and now we need your help to choose an overall winner who’ll go on to receive a whopping £1000 worth of Skedaddle vouchers. Click here to cast your vote!

Call for entries…
Keep your eyes peeled for our competition re-launch for 2017, we’ll have some exciting new announcements to help inspire more amazing customer entries. More information coming soon.

Why I Cycle: An Interview with an Olympic Gold medalist

The next in our ‘Why I Cycle‘ Series is  Olympic track medalist Steven Burke who won gold both at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Now that the hysteria of the games has calmed a little we found a few moments to find out a little bit more about his love of cycling…

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  1. At what age did you start cycling?
     I started cycling at the age of 13 at the Manchester Velodrome for a club called Eastland Velo. I used to play football before then for the local village and school teams.
  2. What inspired you to start cycling?
    My family have always been into cycling. My Mum represented Great Britain for road cycling a couple of times in the 80s, my Grandad has been a road and track cyclist since he was young and my Dad competed in Time Trial events for a while. Also, I remember watch Jason Queally win Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 for the Kilo Time Trial on the track. That really inspired me to try track cycling.
  3. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
    The racing, especially the Team Pursuit! I enjoy the adrenaline rush just before the racing, and the satifaction after the race when it has gone well, knowing that the hard work has been worth it.
  4. Is there anything you don’t enjoy about cycling?
    The early morning training sessions because I do like a lie in at times!
  5. Who is your favourite person to cycle with?
    Chris Latham, a Bolton lad who is also in the Great Britain Cycling Team and Team Wiggins. We really get on and he always makes me laugh on rides.
  6. If you could cycle with anyone (dead or alive!) who would it be? 
     Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time!
  7.  Have you ever cycled or do you plan to cycle for a particular charity?
    I have never really had the chance before because of training and racing commitments. However, I would love to help raise money for Pendleside Hospice in Burnley. My girlfriend Katie sadly lost her Mother early this year so I’ve seen first hand what wonderful work the hospice does.
  8. Tell us about your number one cycling highlight?
    I have 2 which are joint favourites! Winning gold medals in the Team Pursuit at London 2012 and Rio 2016 breaking World Records in the process.
  9. Tell us about your favourite place to cycle?
    It would be Tuscany, Italy. I used to live there for three road seasons as a Great Britain Under 23 Academy rider. For a cyclist, the place have everything including great food, long climbs, fast decents, scenic views and mainly fantastic weather.
  10.  Finally,  if you could cycle anywhere in the world where would it be?
    I would love to have a cycling holiday some time either in the Alps or the Pyrenees, riding the famous climbs of le Tour de France. I have never trained or raced much in that area of the world being more of a track rider.

For the love of…cycling!

The great Michael Palin claims that the day he learnt to ride a bike was one of the most important in his life and we wouldn’t argue with that! Cycling offers us the opportunity to get out on two wheels and experience the world in the best way possible, but what makes other cyclists tick? Ever curious to hear from like-minded souls, we asked Skedaddlers how they got into cycling and here are a few of our favourite answers:

A life-long passion…

‘I was 10 years old and borrowed a friends bike to roll down the street on until eventually I gained the confidence to start pedalling. Self taught in a day, hooked ever since.’ John Chisholm

‘I never really stopped biking from when I was a child. It’s a great way to commute, exercise & save money all at the same time!’ Mike Knee

‘I got a chopper aged 9 and proceeded to accidently drive into elderly ladies who were promenading in the park, a traumatic yet thrilling ordeal.’ Ella Cade

‘ I grew up on a farm and was an active child who loved nature and adventure. It gave me greater independence and freedom in an otherwise fairly remote life. I yearned to be an adventure tour leader and with my bike I’d pretend to take my imaginary friends on tour. True story. Years later I became an adventure tour leader and I have cycled all over the world along with cycling daily in my everyday life here at a ripe old age of 46!’ Megan Hassett

‘When I was very young, I learnt to ride a bike whilst visiting my grandparents in Folkstone. My dad helped me ride along the promenade and slowly bent my stabilisers upwards to they were used less and less until I didn’t need them. Never stopped riding since.’ Chris Witham

Getting fit the best way…

‘I got into cycling later in life because I was a chubster and needed to shed a few lbs.’ James Bellingham

’20 years ago I stopped smoking and 18 months later bought a bike to keep my weight down. Definitely a healthier addiction.’  Mike Hanson

‘After watching the 2012 Olympics and Sir Chris Hoy i took up cycling, and have not looked back since.’ Mick Parry

For the simple pleasures…

‘I used my bike when a paper girl and cycling to school in the 60’s. You can’t beat the pure enjoyment a bike ride, picnic and scenery can add to your life.’ Alysia Gilda

‘After moving away from London in 2001 to Monmouthshire, the beauty of the area & the considerably lower level of road traffic meant that I could start exploring the area & what better way to do it than on a bike! Best thing I ever did!‘ Kevin Friend

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