The Beast

Yes, I  know Michael Hurley.  There… I said it.  Some have called him a “beast” for taking the Winter Weather Warrior contest to the extreme.  With eight days to go, he’s ahead by 165 trips.  He’s a bicycling monster.

For those of you just catching up, Capital Bikeshare and DDOT’s TDM department is having a contest which runs January 1st to February 28th.  There are prizes for different categories like “most time in the saddle” or perfect attendance.  Michael Hurley has perfect attendance and has been dominating the leader board for most trips since the first week, when he had 69 trips and people thought that was amazing and hard to believe.  He hasn’t looked back, and now thinks nothing of 69 trip, and neither do his closest competitors.  A man named Solorzano put up the most trips in one week with 217.

Yes, this Hurley is a beast, but he is also a hero.  See, the man has a wife and a full time job which he continues to maintain (bless his wife’s heart for being so understanding during all of this).  He was fanatical about riding his bike before, then Capital Bikeshare decided to make it a contest.  That’s like asking me to watch four seasons of Gossip Girl in a row…no challenge.

There has been some chatter that “Michael Hurley” isn’t a real person or that he’s more than one person.  I can tell you that isn’t the case.  How does he do it? I don’t know.  But I do know that he’s been to every station twice, rides to Crystal City for dinner and that after a night of driving sleet and snow, he’s likely to say, “another perfect night for riding.”

We’ll know next week if he is the Winter Weather Warrior…

  1. #1 by Joanna on February 24, 2011 - 1:29 am

    Great post! Hurley the beast, is not an urban legend- he is a bike hero.

  2. #2 by steve on March 1, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Did the Beast win?

  3. #3 by Jaz on March 9, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Hmm…so much for Hurley’s presumptive win

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