Tour de Spin contestants cross the finish line

Whilst Chris Froome brought home British Tour De France glory for Team Sky last month many members of Kent Sport brought home prizes for taking part in the first Tour De Spin promotion at the Sports Centre. In celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary, 12 unique and challenging spinning classes were conceived by the fitness team and added to a three week timetable running alongside the real road race in France. Each class had its own unique challenge and some of the highlights included a cadence race using the new Spinning computers mounted onto all bikes ahead of the promotion, outdoor ‘alfresco’ spinning, spin circuits and even a Sound of Music themed class! Class participants had a chance to win a themed prize at the end of every class whilst every participant over the three weeks was also entered into a larger prize draw. Nikola Backovic (Postgraduate Student) was the runner up receiving a Fitbit activity recorder whilst the winner of the first prize (£100 cycling voucher) from over 90 entries was staff member Kevin White who had this to say…..

“I really enjoyed the Tour de Spin classes, it’s helped compliment my training on the road and encouraged me to go to more spin classes in the future. I found out that I had won the voucher whilst on holiday in France where I enjoyed enduring some good climbs in the Midi-Pyrenees, which all the spin classes had also helped me with”

Kevin is currently continuing to attend spinning classes in preparation for the University’s 50th anniversary Goldstein Ride that brings together staff, students & alumni, cycling from the Paris campus to Canterbury campus on 2 to 5 Sept 2015. You can follow Kevin and the team’s progress on Twitter.

The spinning timetable continues throughout the summer vacation period with the regular endurance, interval and strength format classes. Look out for more themed spinning events in the future whilst the Tour De Spin promises to return next year. For all Kent Sport fitness and dance classes visit the online events calendar or view the downloadable timetable pdf.

Below: Nikola Backovic with fitness team manager and spinning instructor Oli Prior.


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