For the third time in the past five years, Lincoln has won the National Bike Challenge, sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists and 3M. The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event in which tens of thousands of cyclists compete to ride the most miles May 1 through September 30 every year. Challenge participants are invited to a victory celebration at 5 p.m. today at Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, #1. Festivities include a raffle and sale of the commemorative t-shirt.
Lincoln is the defending national champion in the Challenge and also won the event in 2013. This year, 899 Lincoln riders logged 704,502 miles, defeating riders in friendly rival Madison, Wisconsin, who completed 359,253 miles.
"With this third National Bike Challenge victory, Lincoln cyclists cement themselves as a perennial championship contender for years to come," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "Whether you enjoy Bike to Work Week, Trail Trek or a local group ride, our 132 miles of trails make it easy to be a pedaling powerhouse. I'm proud of all of the Challenge riders and look forward to more victories in the future."
"We hope that Lincolnites will see bikes not just as a fantastic tool for health and wellness, but also as a practical means of transportation," said Sarah Knight, BicycLincoln board member.
Other notable local groups that placed within the National Bike Challenge include the following:
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information, or to support the League, visit bikeleague.org.
For more information on cycling in Lincoln, visit bike.lincoln.ne.gov or contact Mike Heyl, Public Health Educator, Lincoln- Lancaster County Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-441-3889.