Green Cycling: Can Pedaling 240 miles in 6 Days at 9,000' at The Breck Epic Save the World?

image: Breck Epic Wheeler Pass“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” – Bill Nye the Science Guy

At Taiga Company, we use cycling as a means to promote sustainability.  When people ride bikes, good things happen.  Why?  Because bike commuting is a win-win for both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and adhere to business and personal sustainability programs.  It seems that most people think of bikes as recreation but in our sustainability consulting practice, we encourage employers and workers to consider cycling as alternative transportation as well as part of a sustainable business strategy.  

We also view it as a means to connect with nature as a source of inspiration for eco action.  Exploring the great outdoors offers a chance to move at life’s natural pace, where time disappears, no one is bored, and exploration turns into amazing adventure.   More so, the richness of the outdoors is stimulating and helps to connect eco actions taken at home to the natural resources those actions are aimed to protect and preserve. 

As I embark on the 6th and final stage of the endurance mountain bike event, The Breck Epic, I have to agree with Grant Petersen, “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” The reward of riding my bike through breathtaking views in Breckenridge, Colorado and participating in an event committed to sustainability concepts and values  of waste reduction, environmental stewardship, and respect of natural resources has been immensely fulfilling.  

While you may not have aspirations to pedal your bike 240 miles in 6 Days at 9,000' at The Breck Epic, you may have desires to reduce your carbon footprint, live green, and make a positive impact in your life, community and business.  Offering a few post as reading suggestions, we hope you'll find eco inspiration from our two wheeled friends: 

Why not build a better community by bike riding? Connect with people and places, enjoy the freedom only a bike brings, and create a bicycling legacy for your family.  Bicycling significantly reduces transportation emissions while also reducing traffic congestion and the need for petroleum.  Play with the idea - pedal down a new path!

Here's a look at today's final course profile.  Interested in learning more about the race?  Check it out here.  

Comments for Green Cycling: Can Pedaling 240 miles in 6 Days at 9,000' at The Breck Epic Save the World?

Name: Chris Chaney
Time: Sunday, August 19, 2012

As I pondered the logistical side of doing the Leadville 100 I daydreamed about riding my bike from my home in Arvada to Leadville the weekend before. It wasn't a matter of will, but a matter of not having the time off from work. I am continually amazed at people who will put a bike on top of a car to drive to a trailhead in their own neighborhood, or who will drive across town on the day of a big bike event and fuss about parking and traffic. I am guilty of this as well, even being a full time bike commuter. I think our mentality as a society needs to change. The bike should be the default, and the car used only when absolutely necessary. We're a long way off still. People love big events like the LV 100 and the Breck Epic. If we can begin convincing the bike can have an even BIGGER involvement in those events we may be on our way to the right kind of changes.