It was no contest really. For the 6th year in a row the bike beat the car and the bus in the National Bike Month Commuter Contest. The race from Starbucks on Pearl Street to Eastern Mountain Sports in Stuyvesant Plaza ran a little bit slower than last year, but the wind and rain could account for some of that. Here's how it all shook out:
1. First Bike - 16:25 (18.27 mph)
2. Car - 35:00 (8.57 mph)
3. Bus - 42:00 (7.14 mph)
This years winner was Feliks Kizhner, a senior at UAlbany. The history major graduates in December and says he's looking forward to "getting a job where I can commute to work by bike and get a tax write off." Feliks doesn't own a car -- he bikes his way around Albany or takes the bus.
Did he do anything special to prepare for today's race? "Well, this morning I got up at 5:30 to study for final exams." Yeah.
Here are a few of the other participants:
"Pink bike guy" Andrew Franciosa was the 5th biker to come in. No, he wasn't racing on the big pink bike.
J. Wozniak made the trip in less than 17 minutes, coming in 4th. But cut him some slack--he was dragging the trailer full of prizes behind him.
Justin (2nd place), Feliks (1st place) & Dakota (3rd place)
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