BTWD was a great success this year, with many miles ridden by almost 100,000 riders across the Bay Area. But before, during and after BTWD, a group of 2,536 cyclists riding on 196 teams for 362 companies committed bike commuters participated in Team Bike Challenge — competing to win in the overall individual, team and company categories.
Whether you think of Team Bike Challenge as a place for hardcore bike commuters to show what they’re made of, an amazing way to lessen the impact of CO2 on the environment or just a month-long competition that’s all about bragging rights come May 31, this year’s competition logged an incredible 295,285 miles — saving over 295,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the air and burning close to 13.3 million calories in the process!
To ride in Team Bike Challenge, five individuals – friends, colleagues, family members, even strangers – join together to become a team. From May 1 through May 31 (the whole of National Bike Month), riders log their round-trip commutes to work or school (or other destinations) either through the Team Bike Challenge app or website (teambikechallenge.com). Riders keep track of their competition, accomplished quests to keep themselves motivated and their mileage by checking the leaderboard each day. After midnight on June 2 (a two-day grace period in which to log any outstanding miles), the winners can be seen on the leaderboard and are announced shortly thereafter. The prize? Enviable bragging rights.
Now that the ride logs are complete, the winners can be crowned. Let the bragging begin!
Team Bike Challenge Winners
In the overall team competition, San Francisco County took back 1st place from last year’s winner Santa Clara County when partycar.com blew away the field. Partycar.com, a team since 2011, won in 2015 as well as this year, and has come in 2nd in other years. The five riders, all friends and current/former colleagues, were Captain Alexandre Passos (Google), Peter Colijn (Waymo, and captained Waymo to a 3rd place finish in the extra-small company Company Bike Challenge category Jeffrey Skokan (Macys.com), Zack Jarvis (who commuted from Pacifica to a coffee shop in Redwood City to work on a novel) and Peter Chang (Google), this year’s 2nd overall individual winner. “My legs still hurt. I feel jet-lagged from early morning commute hours, but taking 1st place made all those long miles worth it,” said Passos.
Contra Costa County’s Tires Half Full came in 2nd place overall , followed by Crank Addicts from Santa Clara County.
The individual competition featured cyclists who gave up many hours each day to commute long distances to and from work. San Francisco County’s Ramesh Baller took 1st place by commuting from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, followed in 2nd place by San Francisco County cyclist Peter Chang (who was also part of the winning partycar.com team and also traveled from San Francisco to Silicon Valley). Third place was taken by Alameda County’s Mark Hopkins.
Company Bike Challenge Winners
Each year, the Company Bike Challenge also plays a key role in getting employees motivated and inspired to commute by bike. Corporate participation is a huge part of what makes the Team Bike Challenge program and Bike to Work Day a success, and the Company Bike Challenge results really show the impact of that role.
This year, company categories were redefined to level the proverbial playing field. Companies saw heated competition across all categories: extra-large (5,001+ local employees), large (1,001-5,000 local employees), medium (501-1,000 local employees), small (51-500 local employees) and extra-small (1-50 local employees).
Starting with the extra-large company category, Apple, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara County, once again dominated the charts. Tesla Motors, based in Alameda County, roared into 2nd place , followed by Genentech in San Mateo County.
In the large company category, companies in Alameda County took both 1st and 2nd places – Caltrans and Workday respectively. Infinera of Santa Clara County took 3rd place.
The medium company category was crowned by Sunpower of Santa Clara County. Ericsson Silicon Valley, also in Santa Clara County, secured 2nd place and 3rd place was captured by Sonoma County’s Viavi Solutions, Inc.
Not to be outdone, winners in the small company category were Lucid Motors of San Mateo County in 1st place, San Francisco County’s Golden Gate National Parks in 2nd and The Presidio in San Francisco County in 3rd.
Last but definitely not least, the extra small company category was led by Alameda County’s kW Engineering followed by Mithun/Solomon of San Francisco County in 2nd place. And in 3rd place, Santa Clara County’s Waymo.
Congrats to all the 2017 winners. Rest up — 2018 will be here soon enough!
TBC was made possible by BTWD sponsors. In addition to premier sponsors MTC (the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (MTC’s regional traveler information system) and Kaiser Permanente, regional sponsors included Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor and Clif Bar.