Reno Bike to Work Week 2017

Gavin Back  /  3 Min Read  /  Culture

The highlight this year was the participation of the Truckee River Child Development Center. Photo: Kim Jardine-Reiley

The dust has settled and the results from the Reno Distribution Center 2017 Bike to Work Week (B2WW), back in May, are in—another successful year that demonstrated that the Patagonia Reno Service Center rises to the occasion and puts in those hard bike miles when it matters.

The highlight this year was the participation of the Truckee River Child Development Center. This is the first year that we have had kids old enough to join in the B2WW races and it was great to see them demonstrating their bike skills as the wrap-up party festivities began.

The adult(ish) racing was chaotic and fun, although nearly all the riders were found guilty of doping (with the beer generously provided by Ninkasi Brewing Company). Music was provided by our very own Uncle Dan of Strictly Business fame.

Up to and during the week, we had a series of events:

Photo: Maggie Carter

Our favorite mechanics, Eric and Casey, tuned up everyone’s bikes. They have been helping with road safety for more years than many of us can remember. Photo: Maggie Carter

Photo: Kim Jardine-Reiley

Following the success of the bike tool bag sewing class last year, Chelsea and Leslie from the Repairs Department helped riders make custom seat covers for all the hipster-preferred leather saddles out there. Photo: Kim Jardine-Reiley

Photo: Mike Peterson

We held two group rides, Swing and Day Shift, that rode from the new Patagonia Reno Outlet downtown to the Service Center. This is the Swing Shift. Photo: Mike Peterson

Photo: Tyler Keck

And the Day Shift. Photo: Tyler Keck

We have a long list of huge “thank yous” to a lot of people for their generosity. The support and help we receive play a huge role in making B2WW a success every year.

Thank you for donations and swag:

Another massive high five to the Reno kitchen crew for feeding all us hungry riders every day—the food was delicious and fueled the miles we rode.

For the Grand Prize (employees had to cycle every day to participate in this prize draw), our thanks go to New Belgium Brewing and Brooke Benchetler.

Photo: Brooke Benchetler

Grand prize winner Brendan with his new steed. Photo: Brooke Benchetler

Marcial Reiley put together this great little video of our end of week party.

The Reno Service Center logged an amazing 4,436 miles cycling to work in one week. This means $4,436 was donated to Reno Rot Riders and over 4,000 pounds of carbon was not emitted into our atmosphere. We had an average of 50 riders a day on Day Shift and 25 for Swing Shift—great job guys!

Related Stories

It’s Bike to Work Week – Listen to the Dirtbag Diaries after your Ride Home
Once again it’s time to leave the car in the garage and clean up your commute. It’s Bike to Work Week and we’ll start it off with a new episode of the Dirtbag Diaries. Fitz Cahall, host of the podcast, has this to say about episode 19: Life was good. The approaches were short. The…
Once again it’s time to leave the car in the garage and clean up your commute. It’s Bike to Work Week and we’ll start it off with a new episode of the Dirtbag Diaries. Fitz Cahall, host of the podcast, has this to say about episode 19: Life was good. The approaches were short. The…
The Dirtbag Diaries
2 min Read
Following Mule Paths by Bike in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains
Following ancient pathways in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. According to our local guide, Samir Ahmoudou, to travel anywhere in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, you only need to know three Amazigh words: sow, gow, ich—“eat, sleep, drink.” Hospitality will take care of the rest. Such advice seems simple to the point of unlikely, but the piles of…
Following ancient pathways in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. According to our local guide, Samir Ahmoudou, to travel anywhere in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, you only need to know three Amazigh words: sow, gow, ich—“eat, sleep, drink.” Hospitality will take care of the rest. Such advice seems simple to the point of unlikely, but the piles of…
Leilani Bruntz
9 min Read
“The Last Hill:” A Film About Getting There Slowly
We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard dirt roads on bicycles loaded…
We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard dirt roads on bicycles loaded…
Max Hammer
2 min Read
United in Suffering at Grinduro Scotland
It’s drizzling and a bag piper is piping—cliché but cute—as I roll through the steep, salty streets of Lamlash, on Scotland’s Isle of Arran, into a rooty, ferny slick single track, with 149 other bikers. Within the first quarter mile of the Grinduro Scotland, about half the participants are already off their bikes and walking.…
It’s drizzling and a bag piper is piping—cliché but cute—as I roll through the steep, salty streets of Lamlash, on Scotland’s Isle of Arran, into a rooty, ferny slick single track, with 149 other bikers. Within the first quarter mile of the Grinduro Scotland, about half the participants are already off their bikes and walking.…
Berne Broudy
5 min Read
Photos of a Quick-and-Dirty Crested Butte Bike Trip
We were craving it: fresh ribbons of single track, grinding climbs, white-knuckle descents, solitude, dirt. Four friends, four loaded bikes (rush-packed, survival-style), vague plan, limited time. The consensus was to leave it wide open and see where the trail might lead in a condensed time frame. Not a month. It wasn’t even a week. Just…
We were craving it: fresh ribbons of single track, grinding climbs, white-knuckle descents, solitude, dirt. Four friends, four loaded bikes (rush-packed, survival-style), vague plan, limited time. The consensus was to leave it wide open and see where the trail might lead in a condensed time frame. Not a month. It wasn’t even a week. Just…
Carl Zoch
2 min Read
Hiding Road Rash at My Wedding
Fifteen minutes before my wedding, I’m standing in front of my sister in my dress. “Can you see it?” She scans me, tilting her head to each side. “No. Can’t see it. But here, take this anyway.” Two hours from now, when the hailstorm rolls in and turns my lips purple for all my wedding pictures,…
Fifteen minutes before my wedding, I’m standing in front of my sister in my dress. “Can you see it?” She scans me, tilting her head to each side. “No. Can’t see it. But here, take this anyway.” Two hours from now, when the hailstorm rolls in and turns my lips purple for all my wedding pictures,…
Diane French
4 min Read
Lines in the Sand: A Long-Distance Southwest Bike Trip
It’s right in front of me now, directly in my face. For weeks it had been little more than a vague concept we kept alive solely by reassurance and persistence, every day moving forward, every day pedaling closer to our fate, waiting to discover if it looked anything like we told ourselves it would. Now…
It’s right in front of me now, directly in my face. For weeks it had been little more than a vague concept we kept alive solely by reassurance and persistence, every day moving forward, every day pedaling closer to our fate, waiting to discover if it looked anything like we told ourselves it would. Now…
Tim Rogers
5 min Read
Post RAGBRAI: Riding the Bike Ride I Didn’t Train For
I was actually pretty anxious about going on RAGBRAI. I didn’t really know what to expect. I travel extensively to the far corners of the world, but always as a climber, with the security of other climbers and knowing, to some extent, what the climbing experience will be like. Editor’s note: If you missed it,…
I was actually pretty anxious about going on RAGBRAI. I didn’t really know what to expect. I travel extensively to the far corners of the world, but always as a climber, with the security of other climbers and knowing, to some extent, what the climbing experience will be like. Editor’s note: If you missed it,…
Brittany Griffith
5 min Read
Popular searches