Halfway for “Who cycles the most?”

The Berlin-Buch campus is currently in third place in the competition organized by Berlin’s state companies — but there are still four more weeks to catch up. The campus’s best first-time competitor was honored at the Bergfest.

Holger Gerhardt already spent more than 2,000 kilometers on his bike for the competion.

Every year, from the beginning of May to the end of June, the employees of Berlin's companies compete to cycle the most kilometers. They accumulate these in teams or as individuals on their way to work, in their free time — or with extra outings for the competition. Team names like “No mercy for the calves,” “I am the engine,” “Cell Cycler” or “Snail on Bike” leave no doubt that this is a competition for everyone. Everyone rides as much and as fast as they can and wish to.

This year, the Berlin-Buch campus honored the best newcomer at the Bergfest on May 30: Kai von Krbeck from Campus Berlin-Buch GmbH. He is participating for the first time and, with 1,154 bike kilometers under his belt, was in 4th place for the entire campus. This was a stroke of luck for his ten-strong “R-Adler” team, as he also clocked up the most kilometers in this team. Professor Holger Gerhardt from the Max Delbrück Center broke this year’s record for our individual cyclists on the day with 2,131.5 kilometers.

Still exciting

When it comes to collecting kilometers, every ride counts, no matter how short. It's all about healthy and environmentally friendly transportation and the sheer joy of it. There are still four weeks left to claim the lead among Berlin’s state companies. Currently, Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB) is in the lead, followed by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB). In comparison with these two companies, the employees of the Berlin-Buch campus covered more kilometers per capita, with 336.6 km per participant (BWB: 261.9 km and BVB 323.7 km). From May 30 to July 19, companies participating in “Who cycles the most” will automatically be included in the competition “Stadtradeln.”

Text: Christine Minkewitz, Campus Berlin-Buch

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