The results are in: Boffa Miskell in the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Despite COVID-related interruptions and a dip in participation, 2021 was a successful title defense for the Dunedin office and 1410kg of carbon dioxide saved from going into the atmosphere.

Defending 2020’s first-place standing in their local division, Dunedin more than doubled their points with 426, compared to  196 last year. 362 of those points came from newcomers Kurt Cole (258) and Brent Rohloff (104). Kurt Cole led all categories, with 128 total kms and 10 trips.

Also holding steady, Auckland again came second in its division, with 8887 points behind the winner’s 17,327. The office was led by two veteran consultants with over 500km biked: Michael Hawes (805kms and 1065 total points) and John Potter (616kms and 726 total points). However, team leader Oliver May won the overall points race with 1949, as his 1300 encourager points added to his riding totals put him on top.

In Christchurch, perennial pedaling powerhouse Scott Hooson contributed 1048 of 3184 points. Scott topped the distance points with 658kms, the encourager points with 250, and placed second in all other categories.  The office’s 8th place finish was a true team effort, as Holly Gardiner had the most rides (38 trips); Hamish Cochrane was the top riding commuter (18 days); and Gabe Ross topped the commuter distance category with 360kms.

Wellington‘s 2870 points were largely contributed by team leader Martin Powell, with 538. Miriam Moore came in with 485, Hamish Wesney with 381 and Bruno Gilmour added 378. Bruno led the commuting categories, with 198kms over 18 days riding to work; and also earned the overall kms. Martin had the most rides (36) and most encourager points (300).

The combined Waikato/Bay of Plenty offices finished sixth in their division, led by Tauranga-based Aimee Hide with 363 points. Bryan Sanson and John Watt battled in the riding categories, with Bryan taking first place by just 2k in most kms (116 to 114), and topping John by three more rides (19 to 16). John had most kms riding to work (109) and Simon White the most commuting days, with 11.

Other local consultancies (and perhaps a few co-workers?) breathed a sigh of relief as ever-competitive Queenstown took the year off.  We expect them back for 2022.

23 March 2021