Ride the Challenge

It was Chicago Bike to Work Week this week. A few people in our office teamed up to compete against other offices for the Bike Commuter Challenge, logging about 75 miles in all. Personally, I balked at the idea of what Google Maps showed as a 5-hour trip from my home to the office. Although it would have been a scenic ride up Lake Michigan before heading due west to Itasca, I thought I would stick with my standard 50-mile car ride instead.

No matter, since I was in Phoenix all week anyway, attending the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) conference. But I just got word yesterday that about 15 people from Phoenix Contact would’ve put my 5-hour dismissal to shame anyway, as they set out on a 6-day, 600-mile bike trip from Phoenix Contact’s facility in Middletown, Pa., to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Phoenix Contact is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility next week.

If you want to see how their bike ride is going, head to www.phoenixcontact.com/ride to check the team’s progress.

I’ll be heading to the event in Ann Arbor first thing Wednesday morning with fellow editor Jim Montague, but we’ll be driving. I know. Wimps. But at least we’ll be taking a Prius.

Did you bike to work this week? How far did you go?

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  • <p>Did I bike to work last week? I have biked 28 straight days, the minumum round trip is 17 miles and I usually do 20 + miles a day, just because I enjoy it. Been commuting since I was 30 and recommend everyone to do it, great for your health both physically , mentally, and is a great stress reliever. If 50 miles is too long of a daily commute, find a place to "Park and Ride", starting at a short distance and work your way up. You will not be alone if you do this, there is currently a National Bike Challenge, see <a href="http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/">http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/</a> </p> <p>Just short of 1000 commuting miles so far this year, my goal is currently 3000 for the year, it should be pretty cold when I make this goal in Wisconsin.</p>

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  • <p>That's great! Thanks for the info, and good luck with your riding goal. I'm going to get signed up for the national challenge, and will spread the word to folks in the office. There are a few people around here who have started to bike to work while the weather is nice.</p> <p>My wife and kids got me a bike carrier for the car for Father's Day, so my first step is to bring my bike to work so I can ride on lunch hours. We've got some great forest preserves for biking in the Chicago area.</p> <p>In Ann Arbor this week, Phoenix Contact told us all about their successful ride from Pennsylvania, through the Appalachians, to Michigan. Not all 15 of them made it the whole way, but it sounds like they had a good time and it was a great team-building exercise. Check out their final video, telling about their ride.</p>

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