CYCLISTS across the region rode to victory in a national initiative.

Nearly 600 people from Keighley district and throughout West Yorkshire took part in last month’s Ride to Work Week.

Together they clocked-up more than 20,000 miles and saved an estimated 15,600lbs-plus of CO2, topping the UK leaderboard.

The cycling challenge was staged through West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, which aims to encourage more people to travel by bike or on foot.

The authority joined forces with Love to Ride for the UK-wide event.

A spokesman said: “Well done to everyone who took part in Ride to Work Week.

“The fact West Yorkshire headed the leaderboard is testament to our region’s appetite for cycling.”

CityConnect runs online challenges throughout the year in partnership with Love to Ride.

People can log their miles, set goals and earn badges for cycling to work for a week, riding 100 miles or encouraging a friend or colleague to take part – with fun competitions taking place between individuals and workplaces.

Love to Ride can be connected to many cycling apps, such as Strava and Ride Report, which will then automatically record rides and enter participants into daily prize draws.

For more details and to register, visit