Photo courtesy of Lucas Boyle
After five months of daily commuting and weekend riding, 33 members of our Medical School community have taken the top spot on the leaderboard for the 2014 National Bike Challenge in the colleges and universities category. The riders—a combination of first, second, and third year medical students as well as a few faculty members—logged a total of 19,347 miles biked between May 1 and September 30. The Medical School’s team led the pack each month of the Challenge, maintaining its spot at the top throughout the summer and fall.
The National Bike Challenge is an annual cycling competition that is open and free to all individuals, teams, businesses, and schools across the country. The Challenge officially runs between May 1 and September 30, but the Challenge website allows people to join at any time and record their riding outside of these dates as well. Balvindar Singh, a third year Medical School student, began logging his riding at the beginning of the Challenge in May. Singh was the Medical School’s highest scoring rider, with over 4,300 miles recorded during the Challenge.
“I commute year-round via bike and also use cycling as my primary means of exercise,” Singh said. “I decided it would be a good way to participate in an activity with classmates beyond academics, as well as a motivator to ride.”