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.