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Sitka cyclists are encouraged to join with thousands of others from around the country as they ride in the seventh annual National Bike Challenge, a free event that runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

This year’s prizes include a trip to New Zealand, a trip to the Grand Canyon, a $1,000 voucher from your local bike store, a $250 voucher from your local bike store, a set of monkey lights, a set of lane lights, and a variety of other bike gear.

Cyclists can ride as individuals, for their workplaces or on other teams, and the mileage they log also will help their cities and states in the rankings. This event launched in 2012, but some changes the last few years make it easier for people to participate. The challenge was extended a month a couple of years ago, so it now is five months long and covers the entire summer. During the 2016 National Bike Challenge, 45,982 cyclists rode 24,749,196 miles.

Participants can record the miles of their commute to work, as well as logging their various errands around town and pleasure rides, just so long as they ride an actual bike outdoors. It doesn’t count if people use machines or trainers.

It’s easy to participate. Just go to the website, create a profile and log in your miles. You also can join teams from the website. For those of you with smartphones, you can create a profile on Strava and the app’s global-positioning system tracking will record your workouts directly into your National Bike Challenge profile. If you don’t use Strava, you can use one of a variety of apps, such as Ride Report or Map My Ride, to automatically record your ride. For each day you ride, you receive 20 points plus one point for each mile ridden.

There already are several teams in Alaska, including one called Sitka Cyclists that Sitka residents can join. In previous years we also had a couple of workplace teams, including teams from the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Due to some recent changes to the program and website, the old workplace team pages aren’t available so someone will have to create new ones. We encourage Sitka teams to participate so we can get a little friendly competition going.

For those who miss the May 1 start date, if you’ve been riding you can back-record your workouts so long as you create a profile before the end of May. There are monthly prizes (awarded by random draw to cyclists nationwide who score at least 100 points in the month), and additional prizes at the end of the contest.

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Have you seen a SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) provider in Sitka since October 2017? If so, SEARHC wants to give you $100 toward a new bike from Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop during the month of May, which is National Bike Month. In partnership, Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop also is offering an additional credit for safety accessories when you purchase a bike with this promotion.

SEARHC will give away 50 gift certificates for $100 off the purchase of a new bicycle for patients who saw SEARHC medical providers from Oct. 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018. New patients can take advantage of this offer, too. Just schedule an appointment with a Sitka SEARHC provider before the end of May, or before the certificates are gone.

SEARHC’s Sitka Campus is one of seven current (down from 11) Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Alaska, and the only one outside Anchorage. This promotion demonstrates SEARHC’s continued passion for bikes.

Learn more by contacting Holly Marban at 966.8938 or hmarban@searhc.org.

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(This photo and caption appeared in the Friday, April 20, 2018, edition of the Daily Sitka Sentinel. It is reprinted here with permission.)

BIKE PRESENTED — Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School third-grader Stella Callistini stands with her dad, David, after being presented with a new bike from the Mount Verstovia Masonic Lodge. The Sitka Mount Verstovia Masonic Lodge is once again donating a bicycle to one student from each third-grade class, who are selected by their teachers based on the students’ behavior in class and display of good citizenship. Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop donates a helmet and lock as part of the prize. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson).

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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at the North Sister Juice and Crepe Company (located on Seward Street next to Subway).

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include planning upcoming events for National Bike Month in May, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.

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(This photo and caption appeared in the Friday, April 13, 2018, edition of the Daily Sitka Sentinel. It is reprinted here with permission.)

BIKE PRESENTED —Mount Verstovia Masonic Lodge member Darrell Windsor, left, presents a new bicycle to third-grader Jade Terrill, 8, center, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School class recently. Jade’s mother, Melanie Terrill, is with her. The Sitka Mount Verstovia Masonic Lodge is once again donating a bicycle to one student from each third-grade class, who are selected by their teachers based on the students’ behavior in class and display of good citizenship. Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop donates a helmet and lock as part of the prize. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson).

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The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at the North Sister Crepes and Juice Company (located on Seward Street next to Subway).

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include planning upcoming events for National Bike Month in May, and other topics.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.

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