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Every year after Bike To Work Month has come and gone, the good folks at Tampa BayCycle hold an after-party/awards ceremony for participants. This year, as with last year, the party was held at Splitsville at the Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa — Splitsville is an upscale combination bar/restaurant/pool hall/bowling alley…in short, a FANTASTIC place to have a party!

splitsville interior

I was there with my family to cover the event for Bikecommuters.com and also to receive my award (and also to eat free pizza, suck down a couple beers and play some pool…it’s how I roll!). There was a table full of swag and assorted prizes for award-winners, many of them donated by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, one of the most commuter-friendly and professional bike shops I’ve ever patronized. Big winners came away with NiteRider MiNewt headlight sets, while “individual challenge” winners could choose from new helmets, U locks, blinkie sets and other goodies.

swag

Jim Shirk, dedicated Tampa Bay-area bicycle advocate and good friend to all cyclists, was recognized by Tampa BayCycle as “Bicycle Advocate of the Year”, a title he richly deserves. Jim gave a brief speech after accepting his award. Here he is getting his “trophy” from Gena Torres, chairperson of the Hillsborough County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Right behind them is Julie Bond, longtime friend of Bikecommuters.com and a formidable advocate in her own right:

Jim Shirk

This year, I received two awards…one for recruiting others to participate in Bike To Work Week and one for participating in the “Individual Challenge” by riding 4 out of the 5 days during that week. Here’s my boy holding up my certificate…a boy quite proud of his bike-ridin’ Daddy:

proud boy

In addition to the certificate, I scored a new Kryptonite U lock and a Planet Bike front/rear blinkie set; both will be very useful for continuing our car-lite lifestyle. My wife even won a raffle, securing a Cateye wireless cyclocomputer for her bike…she’s always winning cool stuff at any event she attends!

Here’s a complete list of the winners (as provided by Tampa BayCycle’s website):

Individual Challenge (most miles):

1st Paul Kavan, Individual, 160 Miles

2st John Walker, Individual, 158.3 Miles

3nd Tom Krumreich, Individual, 132 Miles

4rd Bob Wise, Individual, 100 Miles

5th Steven Rickert, Individual, 92.83 Miles

6th Greg McClain, Individual, 66.9 Miles

7th Scotty Graham, Individual, 60 Miles

8th Diane Vega, Individual, 51.2 Miles

9th Gabriel Tinnaro, Individual, 50.75 Miles

Individual Challenge (most days in no particular order):
Each rider will receive a prize.

Nico Stearley, 5 days, Veronica Mayne, 5 days, Jonathon Scott, 5 days

Alyssa Simko, 5 days, Brett McDavid, 5 days, Ruth Pettis, 4 days

Marie Andrews, 4 days, Rick Stutzel, 4 days, Jack Sweeney, 4 days

Company Challenge (each member of the team will receive one prize):

1st — Pinellas County, 356 miles logged:
B. Reed, B. Bauer, C. Kuntz, D. Palonder, G. Miller, J. Wider, N. Durbin, M. Hanger

1st — Tampa Bay Lightning, 354 miles logged:
G. Bradley, G. Wold, M. Milne, R. Ramsey, R. Campbell, S. Henry, W. Bedkowski, W. Anderson

2nd — Moffitt Cancer Center, 186.2 miles logged:
Lisa Adair, Maj-Linda Selenica, Nicholas Griffiths, Scott Mears

3rd — MacDill Airforce Base,136 miles logged:
Chris Lulei, Drew Hunter, Woody Josey

4th — Action Wheelsport, 100.5 miles logged: Phillip Schultz, Robert Petersen

5th — Bicycle Outfitters, 90 miles logged: Timothy Dubyak

6th — Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP 58 miles logged:
Bill Lewis, Heather Lammers, Louis Schulman, Scott Chrabas, Trish Cohen

Everyone had a great time — we all shared stories, talked about bikes and enjoyed each others’ company. I’m really pleased that Tampa BayCycle does this for local riders…it demonstrates their commitment to bicycle advocacy in our area and gives us a nice, warm feeling of appreciation for our efforts.