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The National Bike Challenge ended Sept. 30.

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For the third time in the past five years, Lincoln has won the National Bike Challenge, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and 3M.

The Challenge is an event in which tens of thousands of cyclists compete to ride the most miles May 1 - Sept. 30 every year. Challenge participants were invited to a victory celebration Oct. 6 at Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, #1.

Lincoln had previously won the Challenge in 2016 and 2013. This year, 899 Lincoln riders logged 704,502 miles, defeating riders in friendly rival Madison, Wisconsin, who completed 359,253 miles.

“With this third National Bike Challenge victory, Lincoln cyclists cement themselves as a perennial championship contender for years to come,” said Mayor Chris Beutler.

“We hope Lincolnites will see bikes not just as a fantastic tool for health and wellness, but also as a practical means of transportation,” said Sarah Knight, BicycLincoln board member.

Other notable local groups that placed within the National Bike Challenge:

• The University of Nebraska-Lincoln placed second among universities.

• The state of Nebraska placed third nationally.

• Two Lincoln businesses, Joyride Bicycle and Cycle Works, placed within the top four bike shops.

• Great Plains Bicycling Club placed within the top ten teams.

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