SHASTA COUNTY- Participation in this year’s Shasta Bike Challenge exceeded all expectations with 460 local riders bicycling enough miles to loop around the world nearly 2.5 times (equivalent to 60,463 miles) in only 3 weeks! On average, 171 cyclists a day took to the streets and trails in our community and logged a trip in the local challenge. Shasta County made its presence well known in the nation as it ranked top 5 on the National Bike Challenge during the 21 day local challenge. The average rider mileage per day was 16.8 miles between May 1st-21st.
“I had not ridden my bike in over 20 years and after hearing about the Shasta Bike Challenge, I was motivated to start riding again. I started the challenge off by commuting to and from work a few times a week, along with some recreational rides on the weekends with my daughter. Since riding, I have lost over 12 pounds and I have started eating healthier,” said Ron Col Jr., a first time participant in the Shasta Bike Challenge.
Top performing teams in the 2016 Shasta Bike Challenge included:
- Top overall workplaces- Cal Fire Smoke Chasers, City of Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center
- Top schools- Shasta High School, Anderson New Tech, and Redding School of Arts
- Outstanding Performance- City of Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center, & Caltrans
- Top team (non-workplace, non-school) – Shasta Wheelmen
It’s not too late to give it a try. The National Bike Challenge continues through September 30th. For Shasta County residents, a local prize will be randomly selected out to participants who log a trip during June, July, August, or September. Participants will be entered into the drawing for the month they rode. Additional results and details about the Challenge, tips for bicycling, and a link to the National Challenge can be found at www.shastabikechallenge.org
Shasta Bike Challenge is organized by variety of agencies, clubs, and businesses to encourage more people to bicycle more often and to encourage people who have not bicycled in sometime to give it a try.
Shasta Bike Month & Challenge is supported by: Healthy Shasta, Shasta Wheelmen, Shasta Safe Routes to School, Redding Electric Utility (REU), Owens Healthcare, Shasta Living Streets, Caltrans District 2, Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA), City of Redding, Chain Gang, Enjoy Magazine, First 5 Shasta, Sports LTD, The Bike Shop, Trails & Bikeways Council of Greater Redding, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Village Cycle, Shasta County HHSA-Public Health, Shasta Rock Club, The Harvest Company, Rare Air Trampoline