Winter Warrior Challenge 2014
Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 challenge! We hope you enjoyed it and took advantage of a warmer December with little snow. This challenge shows that you can make a healthy, environmental choice and bike through the winter.
Overall, there were 117 participants who logged 9230 miles and 3199 trips. Though there were less cyclists in this year's challenge the total number of miles was up from 8,294 in December 2013 and trips were up slightly from 3,167. Great job everyone!
Even though the challenge was only for a short time, you can still bike after the challenge ends! We heard from many participants who bike year-round. See these tips for finding the right protective clothing and gear, selection of equipment and safe biking in varied weather conditions.
- "Challenge sparks winter biking," Daily Iowan, Dec. 10
- "On two wheels: Tips for biking through the winter," Little Village, Dec. 18
- "Weather won't stop UI bicyclists," Press Citizen, Dec. 22
Most miles biked
First place: Brandt Uitermarkt, 567.9 miles, will receive a Fat Bike rental for one weekend from World of Bikes
Second place: Mark Wilson, 511.99 miles, will receive a set of studded tires and a tail light from 30th Century Bikes.
Third place: Ben Anderson, 425 miles, will receive a $10 gift card to Geoff's Bike and Ski. Ben deferred his prize to Matt Harmston in fourth place with 278 miles.
First place: Michael Kegel, 118 trips, will get a gift certificate for a spring bike tune-up from the Broken Spoke.
Second place: Brandt Uitermarkt, 108 trips, will receive a set of studded tires and a tail light from 30th Century Bikes.
Third place: Andrew Lidral, 76 trips, will receive a $10 gift card to Geoff's Bike and Ski.
See the complete final leaderboard here.
T-shirts and accessories courtesy the Iowa Bicycle Coalition were awarded to the top miles and trips after week 1 and week 2.
Week 1 leaderboard here, with a total of 2916 miles and 1160 trips.
Week 2 leaderboard here, with a total of 3371 miles and 1237 trips.
Prizes provided by: