The fifth annual TransOptions Bike To Work Challenge is in the books, as the nonprofit highlights it’s most resolute riders. May 31st marked the end of competition in the Challenge, which encourages participants to swap out their routine car commute with one on two wheels. Riders did not have to ride their entire commute or ride daily to be eligible, and many chose to pair their partial bike commute with a brief car, train or bus ride.
This year, as in years prior, the Bike To Work Challenge saw its competitors pushing each other to ride throughout the entire month of May, which is National Bike Month.
TransOptions congratulated Rika Alper of Montclair, who biked 38 miles over 17 trips and won the top prize raffle, eligible to those who rode over 9 trips in the month. For her efforts, she won a $500 gift card to Cycle Craft, a bicycle store with locations in Parsippany, Long Valley, Jefferson and Andover. Brian Slyman of Montague took second place, biking 66.7 miles over 10 trips and winning a $250 gift card to Cycle Craft. The final grand prize, a $150 gift card to Cycle Craft was awarded to Debbie Weinstein of Livingston who biked 70 miles in 12 trips.
For those more dedicated cyclists, there was a distance component to the Bike To Work Challenge. After logging 366 miles over 24 trips, Peter Kalawur
of Denville won a CycleOps Trainer bike from Marty’s Reliable Cycle, a bike shop with stores in Morristown, Randolph and Hackettstown, and a one year membership to AAA Northeast. AAA recently began offering roadside assistance for cyclists as a benefit of membership. AAA will transport members and their bicycles anywhere within 10 miles at no cost, and minor roadside repairs may be available. For more information on AAA Bicycle Service, visit AAA.com/Bicycle.
Thorlabs Rolling Thunder, the winning bike team, had just 9 trips separating them from Midtown Direct in second place. Eduard Poinescu, Ralf Hoffmann, Tyler Frisch, Jack Stafford and Sean Turner, all of Newton, biked a total of 192 miles over 170 trips. As members of the winning team, each of them received a $50 gift card.
TransOptions also rewarded 10 “Resolute Rider” trophies to Challengers who displayed great resiliency in riding throughout the month, but did not win any other prizes. Four weekly winners were highlighted throughout the month for total miles traveled in the given week and were awarded a variety of prizes from gift cards to bicycle tools and accessories. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit TransOptions.org/biketoworkchallenge.
In addition to celebrating the winners, TransOptions celebrated support from Bike To Work Challenge Titanium Frame Sponsors AAA Northeast, Cycle Craft, Marty’s Reliable Cycle and REI, as well as Carbon Fiber Frame Sponsor Thorlabs and Aluminum Frame Sponsor The Bicycle Store of Florham Park.
For more information on the 2015 Bike to Work Challenge, visit http://GoForGood.TransOptions.org or call (973) 267-7600.