2014 National Bike Challenge: July Results

National Bike Challenge 2014We’re three months into the five-month 2014 National Bike Challenge, and here’s where Kansas stands:

For the month of July, Kansas ranked #9 in the nation, adding 47 riders, and covering 82,979 miles. For the entire challenge period to date, Kansas ranks #10, with 552 riders covering 238,358 miles.

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

  1. Eric Nordgren, Topeka: 4,333 points
  2. Roger Frans, Marion: 2,871 points
  3. Paul White, Hoyt: 2,389 points

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

  1. Shelli Shipps, Topeka: 1,649 points
  2. Lori Handley, Garden Plain: 1,421 points
  3. Karen Winterhalter, Lenexa: 1,334 points

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

  1. Dorrance: #23 in the nation, 4 riders (301 citizens), 671 miles, 9140.42 points/1000 residents
  2. Claflin: #41 in the nation, 4 riders (1119 citizens), 3220 miles, 5504.94 points/1000 residents
  3. Iola: #72 in the nation, 52 riders (7974 citizens), 13417 miles, 3651.48 points/1000 residents
  4. Hoyt: #80 in the nation, 1 rider (2063 citizens), 5349 miles, 3474.99 points/1000 residents
  5. Holyrood: #93 in the nation, 5 riders (555 citizens), 230 miles, 2900.96 points/1000 residents

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

  1. Thrive Allen County (Allen County): #3 in the nation, 69 riders (13,295 citizens), 18698 miles, 2880.62 points/1000 residents
  2. Kaw Valley Bicycle Club (Shawnee County): #16 in the nation, 79 riders (191,842 citizens), 71843 miles, 626.26 points/1000 residents
  3. Bike Walk Wichita (Sedgewick County): #27 in the nation, 166 riders (601,992 citizens), 64361 miles, 216.65 points/1000 residents

The top teams in the state were:

  1. Kansas Krank Addicts
  2. Kansas Cyclists
  3. Kaw Valley Bicycle Club

(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: #23 in the nation, 352 riders, 100122 miles
  • Colorado: #5 in the nation, 2046 riders, 574314 miles
  • Iowa: #6 in the nation, 846 riders, 348094 miles
  • Missouri: #46 in the nation, 239 riders, 75634 miles
  • Nebraska: #3 in the nation, 2234 riders, 823803 miles
  • Oklahoma: #33 in the nation, 238 riders, 114305 miles

As a region, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, and Kansas are all in the top 10, but Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri are well off the pace.

Nationally, Topeka’s Eric Nordgren remains the #1 individual rider in the nation, and Marion’s Roger Frans is at #5, and Topeka’s Paul White at #13. The Kansas Krank Addicts are still the #1 team in the nation (up to 10 riders). And Allen County is the #3 “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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