6/7/2016 | Posted at 9:58 am

Bike Month Remembrance 2016

What’s more fun than racking up miles riding your bike in Seattle’s beautiful weather? Getting some sweet awards for doing it in GGLO’s annual Bike Month Competition of course!

Today we formally celebrated the winning team of the Bike Month Competition, team Will Bike 4 Food. These rugged riders clocked in a total of 1,630 miles on 365 trips, over the course of the full 30-day competition. Their accomplishments will go down in the annals of GGLO history beside teams such as the Berserk Hurtin’ Hustlers and Team Braking Away. Congratulations to Harmony, John, Sam, Michael, Marit and Justin for knocking it out of the park. The team is riding away with a breezy $100 happy hour voucher.

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Prizes were also given to the individual riders who most stood out from the pack. At the elite level, GGLO bike legends Michael S Wishkoski and David Bramer clocked in some staggering numbers. David made 82 trips for a total of 400 miles and Michael rode a combined 81 trips totaling 616 miles. We’re still looking into the history books, but this may be a new GGLO record! For miles rode, we’d also like to recognize David Marshall for riding 387 miles. For total trips, Kaitlyn Goglin got in 75 recorded rides. Both received brand new Sealine bags.  All of our Bike Month winners were gracious enough to impart some cycling wisdom on us, so be sure to get some of their insight below!

David Bramer –

DB_BikeMonthWhat type of bike do you ride?
I ride a 2009 Kestrel Talon. I bought it used a couple of years ago as a present to myself for getting licensed. I picked it out so I wouldn’t have to ride my mountain bike (1998 Voodoo Hoodoo) in my first triathlon after a 12 year hiatus from the sport. I love that bike. My wife calls it “the fancy bike.” It recently had a crack in the frame, but there is a great group of folks down in Portland at Ruckus Composites that do amazing work on carbon frames. I got the bike back in a relatively short amount of time, saved a load of money by not having to buy a new frame, and saved my frame from the landfill!

How many miles is your daily commute?
It varies from 13 to 22 miles round trip depending on the route. When the weather starts to warm up, I like to roll the long way home by going along the waterfront. The mountains with the water and the sunset, unbeatable!

How many trips have you made on your bike this month and the distance?
82 trips for 400 miles.

 

Did you ride your bike before Bike Month this year, and will you keep it up?
Most definitely! I’m a year-round bike commuter. Also, on my days off I like to put my 18 month old son in the bike trailer, and ride to local playgrounds to let him burn off some steam. It’s gotten to the point where on my days off he grabs his helmet and puts it on and hands me my helmet!

What is the most interesting thing that you’ve seen riding your bike in Seattle?
I think the cargo bike that is shaped like a sperm cell for a local sperm bank is pretty high up on the list.

Have you learned anything from biking to work?
There’s not a whole lot of stress of the day that can’t be relieved from my bike ride home.

Have any handy tips for other riders?
Find a great local bike shop (LBS) and go to them for everything and brag about them to everyone who is looking for a good shop. I have saved money in the long run by having the folks at the shop know the in’s and out’s of my bike.

Michael S Wishkoski –

MSW_BikeMonthI am so pleased with and impressed by the participation and office spirit around biking as a personal  responsibility to be a part of the solution to traffic congestion, take charge of our health and well-being, and enjoy and activate the bicycle/pedestrian realm of our city!   Cheers to all and keep on ridin’ safe and as a great example of how GGLO connects with and contributes to our community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Marshall – 

DM_BikeMonthWhat type of bike do you ride?
A 63cm Trek 1500 road bike. It’s a tad small.

How many miles is your daily commute?
It is 14 miles each way. Most of that is on the Burke Gilman Trail, which makes for a very pleasurable, if bumpy, ride.

How many trips have you made on your bike this month and the distance?
I made 29 trips for 387.6 miles.

Did you ride your bike before Bike Month this year, and will you keep it up?
I didn’t start riding until Bike Month, but it is a great way to jump start a fitness kick, so I will keep riding a few days a week.

What is the most interesting thing that you’ve seen riding your bike in Seattle?
The slower pace gives you a new perspective on your surroundings. I’ve been enjoying having time to look at everyday things in a new light.

 

Have you learned anything from biking to work?
Apparently biking with music speakers is a thing now? Good thing everyone has the exact same taste in music…

Have any handy tips for other riders?
Try smiling at drivers or other cyclists whose attention you are trying to get for safety. I think that really catches people’s attention, more than just eye contact.

Kaitlyn Goglin –

KG_BikeMonthWhat type of bike do you ride?
Specialized Dolce. I got it 2 years ago when I did the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride for the first time. I figured a road bike would be a nice upgrade from my hybrid.

How many miles is your daily commute?
I live on Capitol Hill so my commute to work is 2 miles downhill. However, I opt for the scenic route home to avoid the congestion of Pike/Pine. I take the waterfront trail to the Burke-Gilman and then up Interlaken Boulevard. It’s 13 miles, but a good way to fit in a work-out.

How many trips have you made on your bike this month and the distance?
For the month of May I did a total of 75 trips and 250 miles.

Did you ride your bike before Bike Month this year, and will you keep it up?
Yes, I’ve done GGLO Bike Month for the past 3 years and have participated in various Cascade organized bike rides. My biggest biking endeavor was a few years ago when my dad and I spent 2 weeks bike touring 700 miles around Lake Erie. As far as commuting goes, I’ve become much more comfortable with it this year. I think I’ll continue as a fair-weather commuter.

What is the most interesting thing that you’ve seen riding your bike in Seattle?
One morning along Westlake, I saw a golden retriever being towed in a trailer behind a bicycle… probably more adorable than interesting; I’m a sucker for dogs.

Have you learned anything from biking to work?
To avoid hunger pains on the way home, it’s helpful to pack an extra snack to eat before leaving work. Something that’s not necessary when I take the bus.

Have any handy tips for other riders?
When I first moved to Seattle, the SDOT Bike Map was very useful. I had the paper copy hanging in my previous apartment and referenced it frequently. It also made for a great art piece!

Though Bike Month officially ended after Memorial Day, it still lives on strong in the GGLO offices. Our bike racks continue to fill up every morning even in the face of the summer heat. We’d like to thank everyone at GGLO who participated, making this one of our most successful Bike Month Competitions yet. Now on to training for next year!