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Relive 2018 Rally Weekend!

It’s you – yes, you – that makes the ElliptiGO family so special. Our customers never cease to inspired us, surprise us and delight us. The bonds that you create together as riding buddies, accountability partners and true friends is not something that every brand sees. We know how lucky we are, and we hope you know how grateful we are.

Rally Weekend is a chance for us to see you in person, hear your stories and share in the undeniable energy that every ElliptiGO rider shares. Here are some of the highlights from another successful gathering in our hometown of Solana Beach.

More than 100 cyclists came together for three days of comradery and riding. The gathering 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.

To all who attended, we were so glad to see you. To the leadership of the GERC, we know everyone had a blast and we cannot thank you enough.

Are you an ElliptiGO bike owner who hasn’t had a chance to connect with our community? Your fellow riders have made it easy. Check out the private Facebook group and get to know the Global ElliptiGO Riders Club. We’ll look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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