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Buch campus takes 3rd place in cycling competition

Twenty-four municipal companies competed against each other in the “Who cycles the most?” competition, held in August and September of this year. Berliner Wasserbetriebe finished first, followed by BVG. Campus Berlin-Buch won third place this time around.

The 205 cyclists from the Buch Science and Biotech Campus and the Max Delbrück Center biked a combined 124,412.5 kilometers. The top cyclists on campus were Günther Pätz from Celares GmbH, who covered the most distance, with 5,211 km; Theda Bartolomaeus from the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), who captured the second spot with 3,224.1 km; and Thomas Gladytz from the Max Delbrück Center, who came in third with 2,641.5 km.

There were some changes in this year’s team competition: In addition to three-person teams, participants could form group teams (up to 10 people) and mega-teams (11 people or more). The best three-person team on campus was “Rolling Organoids” with Alina Pflaume, Cellphenomics GmbH, Jürgen Loskutov, Cellphenomics GmbH, and Larissa Ruhe, ASC Oncology GmbH. The campus’s best group team was “Die Tanke kann uns mal” with Nic&Ole, Marion Rösch, Carina Richter, and Isabell Becker, all from the Max Delbrück Center.

Second-best mega-team

Earning campus bragging rights in the mega-team category was “Titin Bikers,” an all Max Delbrück Center-team made up of Victor Badillo, Carmen Judis, Zee Azizah, Simone Jung, Rene Jüttner, Michael Gotthardt, Michael Radke, Lorena Suárez Artiles, Janine Fröhlich, Jacobo Lopez Carballo, Elisabeth Fritsch, Claudia Crocini, Christel Andree, Giuliano Ballacchino, and Andra Eisenmann. The team also fared well in the overall competition, where they earned second-place honors among all mega-teams.

The competition grew out of a cycling campaign of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, the Berliner Stadtreinigung and the Berliner Wasserbetriebe, and is now organized by the “mehrwert Berlin” initiative. A total of 1,925 employees kept a record of the kilometers they covered on their bikes. The competition not only promotes healthy and environmentally friendly mobility, but also aims to show how cycling can improve quality of life and deliver cost savings. The competition marked its 10th anniversary with a series of special activities, including an ergonomics workshop, cyclist safety training, after-work group rides, and a photo competition. It is also trying something new next year: the competition will take place at the start of the cycling season, in May and June.

Text: Christine Minkewitz, Campus Berlin-Buch


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