Well Done, Team Loving the Bike


Another #30daysofbiking has just wrapped up and it’s totally safe to say that this has been the best one yet.  I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in this event and committed to riding bikes every single day in April.  I heard a whole bunch of great stories and experienced once again how much magic can be created just by having people ride their bicycles.

Thanks to everyone who took part in #30daysofbiking by being a part of Team #LovingtheBike.  It really has been great seeing all the pictures posted to Facebook, the tweets with the #LovingtheBike hashtag, and all the support offered between team members.  Feel free to keep this up and continue to share your great rides and adventures through these same channels all year-long.

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes

Thank you to Clif Bar, The Sufferfest, and Far End Gear for providing out team with some great prizes.  We appreciate your support on this event and look forward to our continued partnership over here at Loving the Bike.

Official First Place Finisher:

It was a close battle, but the teammate who came out on top with the most points was Julie Starling.  Julie not only took part in #30daysofbiking….she’s on track for #365daysofbiking.  Way to go, Julie….below is your pile of winnings:

Runner Up:

Our Team Loving the Bike runner-up is Bob Avery.  Bob is another cycling commuter….and I’m beginning to think that these commuters have the upper hand in our #30daysofbiking challenge.  Nicely done, Bob and congratulations on your performance.  Here’s what you win:

Special Recognition:

Honorable mention goes out to Riaan Coatzee over in South Africa.  He did amazing and I love the way he branded all of the photos he put up on our Facebook page.  It’s been great having you on the team, Riaan.  Riaan, we’re sending you a copy of the Hell Hath No Fury DVD from The Sufferfest.

As the youngest member of Team Loving the Bike, I wanted to give an honorable mention to Kayla Beaconsfield from Australia.  She had an incredible month of riding with her Dad, Mark….and I want to thank her for being a part of our time and sending us that cute little video she put up on Facebook.  I’m not sure what it is yet, but we’re definitely going to send something out to you soon.  For now, get your Dad to give you a huge hug from the team.

Bonus Prize: I mentioned part way through the 30 days that we’d also give out a prize pack to someone who did something that really stood out.  At the time, I wasn’t sure what that was going to be but now I know.  The bonus prize goes out to Laura Faulkner and her Grandson, Sean.  Laura had the goal of beating her 601 miles that she put on last year and with one day to go she was 65 short.  Below is her story of how the final day unfolded and how she battled through:

“After morning thunderstorms rolled through the skies cleared and I was off. At the 45 mile mark I met up with my husband and those ominous clouds were gathering again. We did the next 5 miles in a full sprint but to no avail. The last 2 miles was a downpour. We ate at a deli while trying to dry out. I climbed back on my bike and started cranking towards home and of course all hell broke loose. With torrents of rain falling and lightning flashing, I rode with my husband following in the Jeep with the flashers on. Drivers that passed joyfully beeped their horns and called out cheers of encouragement like I was someone training for the olympics.

The storm started to get much worse and I really wanted to keep going but it was getting downright dangerous and I had to stop just short of my goal. Today’s remaining hours look like more of the same.  If the clouds part again before midnight I will try to reach my goal.  But if they don’t, I am just as happy because I know I could.”

Sean was an un-official member of Team Loving the Bike and joined Laura Faulkner on several of her rides in Florida.  It was great having him as a part of all the fun and we’re awarding him with a Clif Beanie and Clif Silver Eco Lunch Box.  3 boxes of Clif Product will be sent out to Laura…..she could probably use it after all the calories she burnt up on that final day epic ride.

Okay, Team Loving the Bike…..once again, you’ve made me so proud.  On behalf of my team co-captains, Ian and Stevie, we’d like to thank you for sharing in one fantastic month with us.

Enjoy Your Ride

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13 Responses to “ Well Done, Team Loving the Bike ”

  1. Kyle and Lindsay Aronson on May 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Congrats Julie!

  2. Glenn on May 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Congrats Julie !!!

  3. Bob A on May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Summary blog post of the last two weeks on my blog over here: http://bobaroderagbrai.blogspot.com/2012/05/30daysofbiking-final.html.  Comments/feedback welcome!

  4. Bob A on May 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I just realized the significance of my point total: 108. #WW (See http://www.stomachofanger.com/search?q=108 on why this number now means so much.)

    • Mark Beaconsfield on May 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I know that feeling Bob. When I signed up for #30DaysofBiking I was number 108. A number that will be remembered by many cycling fans for a long time. #WW 108 R.I.P.

  5. Heather H. on May 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    very cool!!! Congrats to all the winners!!

  6. Riaan Coetzee on May 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Wow, first of all thank you very much for the honorable mention – I really did not expect that! Thanks for ‘making’ me do 30 days of straight biking – I normally commute to work and back 5 days a week, but in April I ended up biking for FUN over the weekends as well. Make no mistake, I absolutely LOVE commuting by bike and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but the weekend trips in April was something special – ice cream trips, shopping trips, trail rides … too much fun! Some stats: I rode 740 km in 55 trips, a total of 39h30m on the bike in April. 

    Congratulations to all who pledged and completed 30 days of biking – see you all next year!

  7. Mark Beaconsfield on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Congrats Julie. I loved your pics of your doggie rides.
    Well done to Bob, Riann and Laura.
    The photos of all the beautiful places that everyone posted were amazing. Im sure that many of them are easily missed if passing in a car.
    On behalf of Kayla, I will say thank you and yes, the hug has been passed on.
    The amount of support that has been shared by all was amazing, and although #30daysofbiking is over, my goal to ride everyday in 2012 will continue.

  8. Julie Starling on May 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

     Wow!!!  Thanks all!  I’m still astonished! Congrats to Bob, Riaan,  Kayla, Laura, and Shaun!  Way to go to all the Team Loving the Bike members!  It’s been an honor riding with you all!!!

  9. Bike2Power on May 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations, Julie and Bob! Well done!

  10. Bethel on May 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    A Very BIG CONGRATS!!! to the Top 3 well deserved winners. Everyone who committed to riding in the #30DaysofBiking is a winner just for actually fulfilling their committment to Our Wonderful Team Leader Darryl @@Lovingthebike:disqus Now that is’s over keep up the riding for fun and exercise. Make time to ride everyday. I will!! I also appreciate the sponsors for the great prizes. If any of you ever get the opportunity to meet Darryl, you will see just how Great of a Father, Husband and Cyclist he really is. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him and meet his family. I must say that Darryl made a difference in my life of cycling.
    Thanks Darryl, please keep all your cycling info coming. See Ya Buddy!
    Bethel Strong

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      What a beautiful comment, Bethel.  Your words mean so much more than you can imagine.  I definitely do all I can, and to be recognized for it is so fantastic.  Thanks for making my day better, Bethel.

  11. Bob A on May 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations, Julie!  Chapeau!

    And Riann, Kayla and Laura, well done!  #BOMBSAUCE day 30, Laura! 


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