Tracey and Megan are our Aviva Women's Tour picture competition winners
Posted: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:05
It seems women and girls across Derbyshire were truly delighted to welcome the Aviva Women's tour – and we have the pictures to prove it!
While Lizzie Armitstead was speeding her way to victory at the five-stage event last month, Derbyshire Sport asked for people to post their pictures on social media, inspired by Stage Three from Ashbourne to Chesterfield and Stage Four that passed through Erewash and South Derbyshire.
And the competition, run in association with Derby-based Samways Cycles, provoked a terrific, countywide response, with dozens of entries via Facebook and Twitter.
From tots on their first bikes through to the older generation still getting out on two wheels for fitness and fun, a great selection of pictures highlighted the popularity of cycling in our county – and the important role it has to play in the future as part of the Derbyshire Cycling Plan.
It also showcased how much enjoyment women and girls glean from getting out and about on their bikes, whether a steady ride around the park or on a trail, or more seriously as part of a road or track club.
Prizes for the best two entries were provided by Samways Cycles – a racing jersey and a voucher worth £30.
The winners – as judged by a panel comprising of Kate Samways and Derbyshire Sport staff – were Tracey Grant and Megan Hipkiss.
Tracey took a selfie with her friends outside the famous Derbyshire landmark Chatsworth House, while Megan, 10, was captured by dad Frazer out riding the Monsal Trail.
"I was delighted to find out I'dwon in the Aviva competition for my selfie at Chatsworth," said Tracey.
"I enjoyed the Aviva women's tour and saw them twice as they cycled through Derbyshire at Parsley Hay and then Matlock Bank Road."
Both Tracey (pictured below, out riding wearing her Samways top) and Megan collected their prizes personally from Kate Samways at her business' shop on Ashbourne Road (pictured above).
Kate said: "There were some fantastic entries from a broad range of cyclists and it was a really tough task to narrow it down to the final two.
"But we felt that they stood out because they have a local connection, and convey that cycling is fun and accessible to all.
"Hopefully it will inspire others to get in the saddle because it is a great hobby to keep you active, no matter what is your level of ability."
You can view all the entries here: http://www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/aviva-womens-tour-2016 under 'Aviva Women's Tour picture competition'.