After months of planning and seven busy days overseeing the actual event, organizers of this year’s Bike to Work Week finally got to do something fun and easy: announce the winners of the commuter challenge.
Matt Davis was the big winner. He rode from downtown Kamloops to his job at New Gold Mine during the weeklong challenge — for a total of 160 kilometres.
His efforts won him first prize for longest distance and most elevation (2,225 metres).
Davis shared the award for best story with Lana Tomlye, a bicycle commuter who works at the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Four teams also won awards for their commitment to Bike to Work Week. The RIH Riders won the large-team prize with 148 rider days, City of Kamloops-RCMP won the medium-team award with 35 rider days, the City’s Parks and Recreation department won the small-team award for 30 rider days and the Highway Rollers from the Ministry of Transportation won the mini-team award for 43 rider days.
Bike to Work Week ran May 28 to June 3 and was a success by all measures, said co-organizer James Gordon.
“We were delighted. You look and the numbers side of things and, for a lack of a better word, the spirit side of things and they were both phenomenal,” he said.
Bike to Work Week attracted 108 teams and 527 cyclists who logged a total of 20,493 kilometres.