Three members of the Rushing team participated in Washington Bikes’ Ride in the Rain challenge in which teams of cyclists log miles for prizes during Seattle’s rainiest month. Rushing riders include Linda Coppa, senior mechanical engineer; Teresa Wang, sustainability consultant; and Lindsey Gaunt, energy analyst and mechanical engineer.
Linda, who served as Rushing’s Ride in the Rain team captain, has been riding commuting on bicycle since college as a way to save time and have more flexibility in her schedule. “I enjoy the fresh air of riding on my bike to work,” Linda says of her commute now. “When I don’t ride to work, I feel more stressed. Riding makes me feel more calm and empowered.”
According to Washington Bikes, the goal of Ride in the Rain “is to turn a common barrier to biking—inclement weather—on its head and celebrate biking during the rainiest month of the year.” In addition to logging miles, the challenge rewards, with points, cyclers who encourage each other and get new people riding.
The Rushing team logged 280 miles and earned 740 points during the November challenge, and rode an additional 331 miles outside the challenge in November. On advice to new riders who may be inspired to pick up cycling after this challenge Linda says “start on a bike you feel safe on, like a mountain bike, and remember to share the road.”
Did you know our team also completed the race and obstacle course, Tough Mudder, this fall? Check out our highlight reel.