Earlier this month, we hit our goal of 10 million miles in the National Bike Challenge… but the online competition isn’t over just yet. There’s one week remaining and there are some tight races in plenty of categories, as individuals, communities and workplaces pedal for pride and prizes.
It sure looks like Michael Lemuel has locked the first place title among individuals, but there’s plenty of action in the top five. Will Challenge star Leonard Wright, from Sebring, Fla., pick it up to pass Eric Nordgren, who’s pedaling for one of the leading teams in Topeka, Kansas? Will Jamie from Cedar Rapids challenge Mike from Columbus for the #4 slot? No matter who finishes on top, one thing is for sure: With more than 11 million miles traveled, every single participant has contributed to an incredible national feat!
There’s intrigue on the community, level, too. Burlington continues its reign at #1, but it’s a razor-close race in Wisconsin, with Appleton, Madison and Oshkosh-Neenah all within a few points of each other. But, watch out Badgers; Lincoln is aiming for the top, too!
There’s also a clash of corporate titans in the Colossal Business (100,000+ employees) category, with IBM, UPS, Hewlett Packard and AT&T trying to ring out the competition by delivering a win…
… and some serious competition at the other end of the spectrum, with the dedicated staff members at the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and nature-education group Explayration vie for the top slot among micro-businesses (<5 employees)!
How will it all shake out? Register for the National Bike Challenge today and pedal for yourself, your community or your company in the final week!
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.