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14 May 2013

University technician selected for world’s only professional cycle commuting team

Robert Hunter

A Loughborough Technician has become a member of the world’s only professional cycle commuting team.

Set up by Trek and Cyclismas, the Pro Commute Team is made up of six riders handpicked from thousands of cyclists from across the UK.  Its aim is to champion the health and environmental benefits of cycling to work and to inspire more people to take up the sport.

Robert Hunter from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering commutes to the University by bike from his home in Mickleover around three times a week – a round trip of 45 miles.

Speaking about his role on the Pro Commute Team, Rob said: “None of us on the team claim to be the new Bradley Wiggins, we are just a group of ordinary people who are passionate about cycling and commute to work on our bikes.

“It is great to be part of this new team and to share my experiences of cycling to work – hopefully it will encourage more people to pick up their bikes and give it a try.”

The University is committed to encouraging staff to adopt green travel plans, and for those that choose to cycle to work there are secure bike sheds and shower/changing facilities across the campus.

For further information about the Pro Commute Team and Rob’s cycling experiences visit www.procommuter.cc/site/

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Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 13/82

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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