They're the champs

Photo/Reba SaldanhaThe Andover/North Andover YMCA

Members and staff of the Andover/North Andover YMCA logged thousands of miles on Expresso bikes during October, beating other YMCAs from around the country to become the Y Madness Expresso Bike Champions.

The national contest, which was sponsored by Expresso Bikes, started on Sept. 24. The goal was to ride as many miles as a team or YMCA as possible in a 24-hour period. Andover/North Andover YMCA members and staff rode every Tuesday, advancing through the Super 16, Electric 8, Fearsome 4, and then finally winning the championship on Oct. 27.

During the final rounds, the Y stayed open for 24 hours on Tuesdays so that dedicated riders could log miles on the bikes.

“I am humbled by the drive and dedication of our members,'' said Cara Green, health and wellness director for the Andover/North Andover YMCA. "The sense of community has been overwhelming.''

In all, 300 riders from the Merrimack Valley YMCA participated in the contest, logging 8,129 miles and burning 250,612 calories in the process. MVYMCA member and LIVESTRONG participant Liz Roos finished 22nd overall in the country, with a total of 387 miles.

The Expresso Bike Y Madness Challenge website ( has more information on total miles for the MVYMCA and for individual riders.

The Y won the grand prize, which is a brand new Expresso Bike for the branch – and of course bragging rights as the No. 1 Y in the country.



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