A local non-profit hopes Newport News can pedal to victory in an international cycling competition.
Sister Cities of Newport News joined the competition at the request of its sister city in Germany, Greifswald, located in the northeast of the country, not far from the Polish border. It is the first organization in the United States to join the City Cycling competition, organized by a European climate change agency.
Relationships with sister cities are used as an opportunity for municipalities to share cultures and promote peace.
Everyone – regardless of skill level – who lives, works, owns a bike club or attend school in Newport News can participate. Teams of at least two cyclists compete over a period of 21 days to cover as many kilometers as possible. People who want to participate but don’t have a partner can join the City’s open team.
Participants log all of their miles using a smartphone app and the city with the most miles over a three-week period is the winner.
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Newport News first entered the competition last year to connect with Greifswald during the pandemic.
In last year’s competition, Newport News covered 28,778 kilometers – about 17,881 miles – well below Greifswald’s 326,266 kilometers, or about 202,732 miles.
The aim of the competition is to promote cycling and raise awareness of climate change while having fun, according to host organization Climate Alliance. The event website tracks the distances as well as the carbon dioxide emissions that have been avoided by cycling instead of driving.
The Newport News Sister Cities will kick off the contest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tradition Brewing in Oyster Point.
Participation in the competition is free and will take place from May 1 to 21. Distances will be tracked using the City Cycling app www.city-cycling.org/app.
To register to participate visit www.sistercities-nn.com/citycycling or call 757-697-3129 with any questions.
Jessica Nolte, 757-912-1675, [email protected]