A COUNCIL worker has won the opportunity of a lifetime â€“ to cycle with Great Britain’s most successful Olympian.
Bob Summers, Public Buildings Manager at Plymouth City Council, has been picked to meet and cycle with Sir Chris Hoy next month after registering for the Sky Ride Plymouth event held earlier in the summer.
Just by registering to take part in the ride Bob was automatically entered into the prize draw â€“ and won.
His amazing cycling experience with Sir Chris, who won his sixth Olympic gold medal at the London Games earlier this month, will take place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester this September.
Mr Summers said: “I have always been interested in cycling and when I saw the Sky Ride advertised thought it would be an excellent opportunity to be able to ride on roads with no cars. My wife and I had a really good time and got to ride in all sorts of different places.
“I was really surprised and pleased when I got the phone call from Sky saying I had won a prize, and even more surprised to find out I would be spending some time with Sir Chris Hoy and cycling in the Manchester velodrome.
“It didn’t cost anything to register and I would encourage everyone to take part if you get the opportunity.”
Around 7,000 people took to their bikes and enjoyed a fun day out at Sky Ride Plymouth. The free event hosted by Plymouth City Council, British Cycling and Sky allowed riders to take in the picturesque route at their own pace whilst enjoying some of Plymouth’s most well-known landmarks including the Barbican, Royal William Yard and The Hoe.
Prizes were also won by other participants. Cameron Piper, from Lipson, won a signed Team Sky replica jersey, while Simon Cook, a student at Plymouth University, won a brand new bike, and George Haggerty, from Goosewell ,won a Sky+HD package.
Sky Ride Local rides are being held every weekend in and around Plymouth and are tailored for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The rides will run throughout August and September and range from two and a half miles through to 23 miles. Details can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/skyridelocal