Up North: Two Harbors man extends 30 Days of Biking challenge to 2 years

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: April 07, 2021 11:21 PM
Created: April 05, 2021 01:11 AM

A Two Harbors bike shop is encouraging cyclists to get out and ride every day this month. SpokeNGear has been hosting the 30 Days of Biking challenge for two years. One Northlander rode off with them in 2019 and hasn't stopped biking since.

In April 2019 Adam Malmanger set off into Two Harbors with a group of joyful cyclists. The 5 mile ride was the kickoff for SpokeNGear Cyclery's first annual 30 Days of Biking event. 

"11 years ago a guy named Patrick Stevenson decided to have an event called 30 Days of Biking just to encourage people to bike every day for a month," explained Dan Cruikshank, the owner of SpokeNGear. "Now it's gained in popularity and it's like a worldwide event."

Daily Malmanger would throw his bike into gear and pedal off to new adventures. As the month came to a close he wasn't ready to hang up his helmet yet, so he just kept riding.

"Every day for 735 days, even during the winters." That's how long the Two Harbors resident has been biking. 

"The challenge was set. Do it every day and you kind of like, why stop then?" Malmanger said. "It was kind of can't stop won't stop."

The freedom he described feeling on two wheels, rather than two legs, also drew others to the challenge.

Leah Gruhn of Duluth said she's "been doing the 30 Days of Biking for about five or six years now. It's always a fun way to kind of kick off the spring season."

There's still time to join in on the fitness fun. Make the pledge, bike a block, 5 miles or 30 miles for four weeks and share your adventures online. 

Cruikshank said, "it's a great way to develop a new habit and get healthy and be outdoors."

Who knows, maybe you'll get hooked like Malmanger. "Coming like December 10th or 12th, or something like that, I think that'd be day 1,000 so definitely not stopping this year."
 

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