2014 National Bike Challenge: June Results

National Bike Challenge 2014After two months of the 2014 National Bike Challenge, here’s where Kansas stands:

For the month of June, Kansas ranked #10 in the nation, adding 77 riders, and covering 76,705 miles. For the entire challenge period to date, Kansas also ranks #10, with 505 riders covering 155,379 miles.

For June, the top individual male riders in the state were:

  1. Eric Nordgren, Topeka: 4,069 points
  2. Roger Frans, Marion: 2,631 points
  3. Paul White, Hoyt: 2,154 points

For June, the top individual female riders in the state were:

  1. Shelli Shipps, Topeka: 1,606 points
  2. Erin Chamberlain, Topeka: 1,589 points
  3. J Hornung, Council Grove: 1,417 points

The top communities in the state, thru June, are:

  1. Dorrance: #16 in the nation, 4 riders (301 citizens), 564 miles, 8052.24 points/1000 residents
  2. Claflin: #34 in the nation, 4 riders (1119 citizens), 2807 miles, 4492.73 points/1000 residents
  3. Holyrood: #65 in the nation, 5 riders (555 citizens), 181 miles, 2453.01 points/1000 residents
  4. Hoyt: #75 in the nation, 1 rider (2063 citizens), 3579 miles, 2316.76 points/1000 residents
  5. Iola: #79 in the nation, 47 riders (7974 citizens), 8163 miles, 2247.63 points/1000 residents

The top local challenges in the state, thru June, are:

  1. Thrive Allen County (Allen County): #4 in the nation, 61 riders (13,295 citizens), 11743 miles, 1794.85 points/1000 residents
  2. Kaw Valley Bicycle Club (Shawnee County): #16 in the nation, 74 riders (191,842 citizens), 48932 miles, 421.03 points/1000 residents
  3. Bike Walk Wichita (Sedgewick County): #26 in the nation, 159 riders (601,992 citizens), 43849 miles, 149.29 points/1000 residents

The top teams in the state were:

  1. Kansas Krank Addicts
  2. Kansas Cyclists
  3. City of Topeka

(There is a glitch in the NBC state team rankings, where national teams are listed in the state rankings, so I’ve listed only teams that are predominantly from Kansas.)

Here’s how our neighbors are doing so far:

  • Arkansas: #24 in the nation, 338 riders, 66659 miles
  • Colorado: #6 in the nation, 1895 riders, 366937 miles
  • Iowa: #5 in the nation, 822 riders, 211502 miles
  • Missouri: #46 in the nation, 224 riders, 48961 miles
  • Nebraska: #3 in the nation, 2103 riders, 524865 miles
  • Oklahoma: #32 in the nation, 223 riders, 81114 miles

As a region, we’re doing pretty well. Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, and Kansas are all in the top 10. But Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri are well off the pace.

Nationally, Kansas has 3 of the top ten riders in the entire USA: Eric Nordgren at #1, Roger Frans at #8, and Paul White at #13. The Kansas Krank Addicts were the #1 team in the nation (up to 10 riders). And Allen County is the #4 “local challenge” in the nation.

If you’ve not yet signed up for the National Bike Challenge, it’s not too late. The Challenge runs through the end of September, so there’s still plenty of time to participate. Just go to NationalBikeChallenge.org, create an account, and start logging your miles. Learn more here.

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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