Twenty-Fifth Annual Bike Commuter Challenge Begins June 11


The annual Bike Commuter Challenge is celebrating its 25th year, and registration is officially open according to a Tuesday press release. The week-long biking celebration, will take place June 11-17.

“Since 1991, Active Trans has encouraged new and experienced riders to get out and bike while creating friendly workplace competition among Chicagoland companies and organizations,” the BCC website states.

In order to participate, riders must register, and join or create a team by 5 p.m. June 1. Those registered will be entered to win a New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Cruiser Bike.

During this week, riders are encouraged go online to log their trips to keep track of the competition. Participants can also view individual and team statistics, and challenge other riders online.

Several events will take place all week long; there will be eight official Pit Stops, where members will receive four days of freebie “pick me ups,” a photo challenge, a Bike Week Rally, and a Wrap Party celebrating the end of the week. The Wrap Party location is still yet to be determined.

New this year is a faster registration process, the press release says. The BCC has also released an app recently, where participants can track and log trips on the go.

The challenges are open to all Chicagoland residents over the age of 18. More information on BCC can be found on its website.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.