Gannon University Seeded Third In Worldwide Fall Frenzy Bike Challenge
Posted: October 8, 2015
Last year Gannon University finished second in the nationwide
Fall Frenzy Fitness Bike Challenge, but even after knocking off
teams from big schools such as Vanderbilt University, the Knight
riders have set their sights on the top spot.
As the 2015 renewal of the event begins, the Gannon University
team broke the 1,000-mile plateau to be seeded third in the
head-to-head, NCAA-basketball-type bracket challenge to take home
the Golden Spokes in the final round on Nov. 3-4.
The bikes, interactive exercise bikes made by Expresso, the
event's sponsor, are located on the mezzanine level of the
Recreation and Wellness Center, are equipped with screens that
portray a virtual course. Riders accumulate their miles by
logging-in to an Expresso account that tracks their pace over the
virtual courses they have ridden.
Teams have 48 hours to ride as many miles as they can with
rounds beginning and ending at 12 a.m. Eastern Time.
"Next week we will compete against SUNY Oswego and we're looking
forward to that next challenge as one of the final 16 teams
competing," said Ryan McCallum, director of the Recreation and
Wellness Center. "We're keeping the Center open for 48 straight
hours on Oct. 13 and 14, and we're hoping for another great showing
as we move into the Electric Eight."
Last fall, the Gannon University team advanced to the finals of
the event to face Schoolcraft College of Michigan. Even though
Schoolcraft reportedly has many more Expresso bikes than the
Recreation and Wellness Center does, the Gannon riders fell just
short, logging 4,028 miles to Schoolcraft's 4,147 miles.
But with four of the tournament's top ten riders in mileage,
more than any other competitor had in 2014, the Knight riders are
looking forward to the Challenge.