You really can find anything on the internet. Our rider of the month, Kia Calderon-Dillon, has found endurance rides to do with her mom, parenting tips on caring for her three kids, plenty of volunteering opportunities in her community . . . and a way to donate one of her kidneys to a stranger.
Juan Reque, a physical therapist and long-time runner, suffered a torn meniscus that limited his running. After a patient described the ElliptiGO bike, Reque took one for a test ride. Immediately, he knew it was a good workout. To test the efficacy of ElliptiGO training, he devised an experiment comparing ElliptiGO and road bike cycling with running.
When Jane LeGore’s doctor told her, “Stop running now and don’t run any more. You need a total hip replacement,” she quickly researched options. Fortunately for our January Rider of the Month – and the ElliptiGO rider community – she soon found another outlet to rebuild her fitness and psyche.
Each month, we bestow “Rider of the Month” honors on one or more people. These riders have typically accomplished a big personal goal, raised money for charities, or set new standards for speed or endurance while riding their ElliptiGO elliptical bike. As we wrap up the 2015 year, we’re looking at the larger body of work and accomplishments, rather than zeroing in on just one. We are happy to announce the 2015 Rider of the Year – Carol Galgano. Supportive, energetic, enthusiastic and innovative all describe Galgano.
Bill Pinnell loved to ride his road bike, until a bulging lumbar disc made it too painful. He tried a recumbent, but that was no good for him either. Then, by chance, he spotted an ElliptiGO elliptical bike. That was more than 23,000 miles ago, and he's still smiling while racking up hundreds of miles a month. He earned more "Get on the Map" points in 2015 than anyone, earning him Rider of the Month honors.
The 6th Annual World Championships of Elliptical Cycling saw several outstanding performances in the race up Palomar Mountain. At the top of the list were Sarah Brown and Rusty Snow, the two champions and our Riders of the Month for October.
Six ElliptiGO cyclists participated in the California Coast Classic, riding 525 miles over eight days while raising more than $22,100 to fight arthritis, a disease that affects one in every five adults and 300,000 children. For each of the riders, the cause was personally meaningful.
Tim Rieger was facing a three-pronged challenge. He was looking for a way to raise $10,000 for his favorite charity; he was two weeks away from the start of his ultra-running season; and he had just developed a stress fracture.
If you could spend a week with few responsibilities beyond riding your ElliptiGO along a beautiful wooded, lakefront course, would you jump at the chance? Katie Blau, our Rider of the Month for July did.
This month, we are excited to announce Lamorna Brown Swigart and Malinda Walker as our Co-Riders of the Month! They are both proud ElliptiGO owners, relying on each other for encouragement and strength to accomplish their recent ride, "Circle the Bay for Breast Cancer" in San Francisco.