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City's Cyclists Share Their 'Epic' Bike Stories. Do You Have One To Tell?

By Justin Breen | August 29, 2016 5:38am | Updated on August 29, 2016 7:00am
 Monica Freiband (right) and Melissa Zammit have shared their
Monica Freiband (right) and Melissa Zammit have shared their "epic" bike stories with The Chainlink.
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Monica Freiband (right); Melissa Zammit

CHICAGO — Have an epic bike story to tell?

If so, The Chainlink wants to know, as the cyclist-connector site is holding a "Tell Us About Your Epic Bike Summer" contest. Bikers have until the end of the day Tuesday to submit entires, which include photos, with voting beginning Wednesday. The winner receives a Voler Chainlink jersey.

"This contest celebrates the joy and the love of cycling. It is every type of cycling — racing, training, around town, commuting, vacation, family rides, social rides, etc.," said The Chainlink president, Yasmeen Schuller. "No matter how you ride your bike, the experience can be epic for you — truly joyful, forming beautiful memories."

Schuller said several entries have poured in so far, including Monica Freiband's cycling climbs up Italian and French peaks, Melissa Zammit's logging more than 3,000 miles on her bike this year, and even a "not-so-epic" Divvy experience from Kathy Schubert.

"What one person considers epic is another person’s commute or another person’s funny story," Schuller said. "Epic is in the mind of the cyclist experiencing a ride on two wheels."

Schuller said the contest was in part conducted because cyclists are "heartbroken" due to the deaths of their own, including Blaine Klingenberg, Lisa Kuivinen and Virginia Murray. Schuller said the hashtag #RYB has been created to honor those cyclists and others who have been killed on their bikes.

Stories should be sent to yasmeen@thechainlink.org with a link or attachment to your pics (good quality photos are encouraged).

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