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Mass Ave Criterium: Free Bicycles

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Bicycling Magazines BikeTown program will be giving away 31 Jamis Commuter 2.0 bicycles, as seen in this photo.
  • Bicycling Magazine's BikeTown program will be giving away 31 Jamis Commuter 2.0 bicycles, as seen in this photo.

Bicycling magazine's "BikeTown USA" program will be on-hand at the Mass Ave Criterium Saturday morning with one simple mission: to give away 31 free bikes.

To win all you have to do is submit an entry here of 50 words or less describing how you or someone you know could benefit from a free bike. The editors of the magazine will then select 30 winning essays, and each author will win a Jamis Commuter 2.0 bike to keep.

They have extended the deadline, but it's best to enter as soon as possible. If you don't submit an essay, you can still win just by showing up to the Mass Ave Criterium, and registering at the BikeTown station. One winner will be drawn at random, and additional winners may be drawn if people are not there to claim their prize when the winners are announced at about 1:30 pm.

I can't tell you how angry I am that I can't enter this contest... it would probably reflect poorly upon both BikeTown and NUVO if I won. Sometimes it sucks to write for a paper with standards instead of Gannette. (burn!)

The Jamis Commuter 2.0 bicycles retail for up to $600, and I don't know how to describe them other than to say they are pretty sweet.

BikeTown has given away thousands of these bikes with terrific results. People have lost weight, become more engaged in their communities, improved family relationships, saved money on gas, and reduced carbon footprints.

Bicycling tracks participants’ progress for three months, with results featured in the magazine and on Bicycling.com. Previous stories have been astonishing — thousands of pounds have been lost, blood pressure and diabetes medications dropped, marriages saved, impromptu bike clubs started, and countless bike commuter miles logged to save money on gas and help the environment. In essence, thousands of people enjoy their lives more because they spend more time on a bike.

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