Schoolcraft finishes second in Fall Frenzy bike challenge
BY CAMYLE CRYDERMAN
With hopes to repeat last year’s victory, Schoolcraft staff, students and community members recently took to the Schoolcraft Fitness Center to rack up miles for the Expresso Fall Frenzy bike challenge. Beginning on Oct. 6 and lasting until Nov. 4, Schoolcraft proved to be a force to be reckon with during this month-long challenge, but unfortunately fell short in the last round.
The Expresso Fall Frenzy bike challenge is an annual event that pits colleges from around the country up against one another in a bracket system to see who can bike the most miles. After proving victorious in the first four rounds of single elimination, Schoolcraft saw themselves in the finale of the Fall Frenzy on Nov. 3 against Saint Mary’s College of California. Schoolcraft had blown all of the other competitors out of the water and went into the finale as the expected winner but was blindsided when Saint Mary’s purchased four more bikes to compete with just before the final round. Although both teams worked hard for the win, Saint Mary’s’ advantage of more bicycles, 11 compared to Schoolcraft’s nine, helped them clinch the victory with a total of 5,126 miles compared to Schoolcraft’s 3,771 in the final round.
“I think everyone is a bit disappointed with the outcome, but we did the best we could, and that’s all we can do,” said Fitness Center employee Brandon Pascoe.
Although they finished second in the end, the Schoolcraft riders actually set a record for the most total miles biked by any team in the competition’s history. The total came out to be an impressive 13,860 miles thanks to the participation of the team’s 204 members. Schoolcraft team riders Pat Mog and Tamara Wrone finished on top of the leader boards for all individuals in the competition with 1,142 and 707 miles biked respectively. This landed them in first and second place overall, receiving great honors from the school and Expresso company.
“We biked the most miles, but in the end, the other team just prepared better than us,” said Schoolcraft student and Fitness Center employee Joshua Costa who biked a total of 295 miles during the competition, landing him in 24 place overall.
Coming in second place, although not ideal, is still and accomplishment for Schoolcraft and will provide even more drive and determination for next year’s tournament.
“We had a great turnout this year, the same if not better than last year, so we’re looking forward to next year even more,” said Lisa Cunningham, Fitness Center assistant manager.
The 2015 Schoolcraft Fall Frenzy team rode hard every day and night in an attempt to reign victorious once again. Sadly, they came up short in the end, but all participants made a great effort for the school. Even with a loss, Schoolcraft is proud of its second place finish and will be looking into the future hoping for a sweeter victory