The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is in the midst of competing in the annual Expresso Bike Fall Frenzy Championship at the Slemp/Ely Wellness Center.
Wellness Center Director Julie Scott, assistant center director Sarah Smith Carlson and Ronald Floridia, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice, are coordinating the event at the Wellness Center’s third floor. Over 200 universities across the country ride Expresso bikes to gain the most individual and team miles in a competition set up similar to a NCAA bracket.
Students at UVa-Wise can participate by signing up for time slots at the Student Center Atrium and in front of the third floor entrance to the Ely Wellness center Tuesday, Oct. 23. Students can win prizes for riding the most miles, and the UVa-Wise team has potential to come home with the championship trophy.
Floridia, a Fall Frenzy captain along with Carlson, said that UVa-Wise is now second in the bracket.
“We are the underdog and we are outnumbered in bikes,” said Floridia. “We have five and the school we are against has eight.”
Floridia and Carlson as captains are in charge of organizing the event, sign ups, getting the food and drinks for the event, and informing media about the event.
Floridia said they are “trying to organize and create a better institution and to bring community members together with the common goal to win the championship.”
UVa-Wise and Binghamton University in New York will compete for 48 hours in order to get the most miles and win the Fall Frenzy championship.