Last year, I blogged about the new Expresso bikes that the Rec had purchased for the 3rd floor. (See that post here) Since this bike is hooked up to Internet (what isn’t these days, right?) it has all these amazing features that you just can’t get from a recumbent bike. The company behind these bikes is always setting up monthly challenges to the riders and gyms so that they can motivate patrons to not only ride the bike, but work a little harder when doing it.
When they announced the Spring breakaway Challenge, we knew we had to do our best to try and win. After all.. we’re Marshall, right? We are known for perseverance!
The challenge worked like this: create an account on the Expresso bike and log into the website at www.expresso.net to complete the registration. Then go log miles on the bike. Simple, right? Expresso tallies up all the miles from your school, and you can see which other schools across the country are riding as well and how many miles they have. The list looked like this at the end of the week:
We knew Marshall could do it! A big shout out to Francisco Garcia who rocked out 158 miles that week and was on the top leaderboard for the whole country!
They gave the challenge a rest for a week, and then last Monday we were back in the saddle again!
This time we didn’t do quite as well, but look at the winning team from Houghton! 2,418.3 miles in 5 days is insane. They must have had someone riding every bike from open to close every day. Not a total bummer though since Marshall was able to walk away in 6th place, and this was our first collegiate challenge.
Again, I have to give props to our top riders Todd Bledsoe, Brian Groves and Taylor Sprye. They all logged over 100 miles in 5 days and will walk away with a custom T-shirt. Great job, guys!
Expresso will be doing a bracket type Challenge called the Fall Frenzy toward the end of the year, and we are already looking to see what we can do when we put our minds to it. If you haven’t tried out the Expresso bikes, make sure you get up to the 3rd floor to check them out. There are a ton of challenging rides that you can take. Some of them will make you good and sweaty! It’s set up much like a video game, so you steer clear of other riders and go up and down his. Bottom line, this bike rocks.
Thanks again to all the riders that came out and rode the bikes. For many of you it was your first, but it won’t be your last! GO MARSHALL!