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ElliptiGO Community Shines at 2018 Rally Weekend

If you are just getting to know ElliptiGO, there’s something you should know: our customers are simply incredible. Whether they are tackling their first workout ever or covering hundreds – even thousands – of miles, ElliptiGO customers bring an undeniable energy to everything they do.

Curious what it’s like to roll with us? Here’s a recap of the most anticipated event of the year: ElliptiGO Rally Weekend. You’ll hear amazing stories and see the smiling faces of the people who make being a member of the ElliptiGO community so special.

More than 100 ElliptiGO enthusiasts gathered in our hometown for three days of comradery and riding. The rally began with a reception at ElliptiGO World Headquarters on Friday afternoon. The halls of HQ were filled with excitement for all that the coming days had in store. The get-together featured a sweets table and ghoulishly fun Halloween décor.

The weekend’s events were headlined by the Elliptical Cycling World Championships, which took athletes up Palomar Mountain in North San Diego County. The 11.69 mile route rises 4,209 feet to the summit at an average grade of 7%. Rusty Snow took top honors for men for the 7th year in a row, finishing in 1:12:21. Whitney Krempin placed first among women with a time of 1:38:41. Jeff Caron and Bryce Whiting joined Snow on the men’s podium. Laura Hagley and Kristin Schliecher joined Krempin on the women’s podium.

Following the World Championships on Saturday morning, riders of all experience levels and abilities took to the streets of Solana Beach for rally rides of varying distances. Following the ride, ElliptiGO community leaders welcomed riders to an awards ceremony and celebratory dinner.

The awards ceremony honored victors from various Global ElliptiGO Riders Club challenges, the world championship podium finishers, and inspiring members of the ElliptiGO community. The 2018 Authentic and Inspiring Awards went to two deserving individuals. Idai Makaya received the award for completing his world-record ElliptiGO ride across Great Britain and for inspiring the community through the Longest Ride Challenge, both of which honored his late brother Garai. Brian Reynolds was also a recipient of the award. Reynolds is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee who uses his ElliptiGO bike during marathon training. Reynolds holds the world record for the marathon amongst bilateral below-the-knee amputees and is working towards an amazing goal of breaking three hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many others shared their incredible stories of weight loss, regaining their strength post-injury and overcoming great obstacles to reach their goals. All along the way, friendships were formed, laughs were had, and many beautiful miles were ridden.

Wondering how you can get in on all the fun? It starts with a test ride and finding the right bike for you. Once you’ve found an ElliptiGO bike you love, purchase online or visit one of more than 200 dealers. Curious about our community of riders? Check out the private Facebook group and get to know the Global ElliptiGO Riders Club.

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Posted October 23, 2018 by Meg in Events, GERC, rally weekend, updates
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