The South Bay Bike to Work Challenge started out rainy – an unexpected challenge for southern California riders. But by the end of the week, we were back to prime riding weather. The riders we talked to had a great time – some even riding through the Ballona Wetlands to see the mustard flowers in bloom! We hope to see even more riders next year!

You can read all about the ride at Manhattan Beach patch.com, and read our co-chairs’ opinion piece in the Daily Breeze.

We’d like to offer a huge thanks to all who rode, and especially to our event co-chairs:

  • Steve Diels, Redondo Beach Council Member
  • Michael DiVirgilio, Hermosa Beach Mayor
  • Jean Ghianuly, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Richard Montgomery, Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Cliff Numark, Torrance Council Member
  • Vanessa Poster, Beach Cities Health District Board President
  • Andrea Zislis, The Zislis Group

And an extra thanks to Andrea Zislis of The Zislis Group for hosting a wonderful reception for riders and co-chairs at the beautiful Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach.

At Shade Hotel with (from left to right) Ann Hempelmann, SBBC Board Member; Todd DiPaolo, SBBC Chair; Joe Galliani, SBBC Board Member; (unknown); Andrea Zislis, The Zislis Group and SBBC Bike to Work Week Co-Chair; Adam Gerad, President of the Tree Musketeers; Raul Saenz, City of Manhattan Beach; Wayne Powell, Manhattan Beach Council Member; Sona Kalapura, Manhattan Beach Environmental Programs Manager; Jean Ghianuly, The Aerospace Corporation and SBBC Bike to Work Week Co-Chair; Louise Chavez, The Aerospace Corporation; Steve Diels, Redondo Beach Council Member and SBBC Bike to Work Week Co-Chair; Luke Diels, future bike-to-work rider; and Elisabeth Diels, wife and tandem partner of Steve.
Redondo Beach Council Member and Bike to Week Co-Chair Steve Diels and family: Elisabeth and Luke.

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