WESTPORT, Conn. -- JoyRide Cycling Studio in Westport and Darien is kicking off March with a month-long competition called JoyRide Across America.
The cycling studio is hosting the second annual JAAM competition starting March 2. The first team to reach 3,000 miles of cycling wins. Teams of four riders will cumulatively earn miles for classes they attend, with the opportunity to earn bonus points along the race.
Each team and individual rider will compete against teams in their hometown studio, Westport or Darien, for prizes, such as gift certificates to local restaurants. The final day of the competition will be on Saturday, March 29.
Bonus miles will be awarded to teams that:
- Send or post on social media photos of team members wearing JoyRide gear at local businesses;
- Send or post on social media photos of team members with JoyRide instructors outside of JoyRide;
- Create a 30-minute video advertisement for JoyRide;
- Bring in or introduce a new rider to JoyRide;
- Participate in a JoyGroove class together (all four team members);
- Attend a class in their non-hometown studio (all four team members); and
- Register and fundraise for Spin Odyssey, the indoor cycling fundraiser for breast cancer research and support, which takes place on March 30 in Stamford.
The $25 entry fee will go toward JoyRide’s fundraising efforts for Spin Odyssey.
"Once again, the JoyRide community will rock JAAM,” said JoyRide co-owner and lead instructor Rhodie Lorenz of Westport. “Our riders love friendly competitions. Our month-long 'race' will infuse a bit of sport into classes and push riders beyond their limits to collectively compete for first place."
JoyRide co-owners decided to bring the competition back for the second year in Westport and for its inaugural year in the Darien studio, which opened in June.
“The level of team spirit, creativity, dedication and pure joy was completely astounding,” said Amy Hochhauser of last year’s JAAM.
“I could not have been more inspired by everyone's tenacity and determination,” said Debbie Katz. “The competition completely exceeded our hopes and expectations.”
The 2013 winning team inched past the second place team by one point.
“I liked the cycling part of the contest because it motivated me to work hard, lose weight and get in shape for summer,” said Tina Piccolino, of Westport, whose team won last year. “JAAM was instrumental in making my friendship with my teammates even stronger than it was before. We talked and exercised almost every day for a month, strategized about what to wear for our theme rides and had a ton of laughs along the way.”
The theme rides were especially energizing for competing JoyRiders, who took their creativity and competitive juices to a new level. Riders from age 14 to 80 rallied for extra points by tapping their inner superhero or rock star, attempting to ride in togas and even scuba gear.
Interested riders are asked to contact Rhodie Lorenz at email@example.com to join a team.