Alicia Mele receives her new bike from Brendan McIntosh of Flowt Bikes. Mele won the Specialized bike as part of Bike to Work Week.

Nearly 400 cyclists take part in Bike to Work Week

Revelstoke Bike to Work Week 2011 was a runaway success, with more kilometres biked than ever before.

Revelstoke Bike to Work Week 2011 was a runaway success, with more kilometres biked than ever before.

390 Revelstokians cycled to work during the week of May 30–June 5, including 90 new cyclists. Together they cycled a total of 12,377 kilometres – almost 5,000 kilometres more than in 2010.

The spike in numbers was undoubtedly helped by the warm, sunny weather Revelstoke enjoyed during Bike to Work Week. There was 80 more cyclists than in 2010, far more new riders and more teams took part.

The BC Hydro Megawatts ran away with the ‘Total Distance’ title, cycling a whopping 2,627 kilometres between 33 employees – including one 70-year-old and a cancer survivor. Jerry Livesey was tops on the team, cycling a total of 255 kilometres – 51 each day. He received a bike fit session from Helios for his effort. Hopefully it will make his ride more comfortable in the future.

In addition, 71 people turned up the celebration stations in Grizzly Plaza and at Queen Victoria Hospital on the kick off day.

Four teams had perfect participation, with all employees biking to work every day – Flowt/Woolsey Creek, Revelstoke Old Times (Revelstoke Recreation Department), TD Canada Trust, Holy Rollers (Fellowship Baptist Church) and Mountain Darlings (Mountain Goodness)  57 per cent of all employees at participating workplaces cycled to work that week.

Heather Jay and Ann-Marie Gill won the iBike testimonial awards and Alicia Meles won the grand prize draw for a new bike from Specialized.