While I still have a couple of Coffeeneuring Rewinds up my sleeve, it’s time to announce the winners.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with the growth of coffeeneuring. In its inaugural year, 12 participants successfully completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge. In only its second edition, that number has grown to 51 coffeeneurs, each of whom visited 7 different coffee shops over a period of 6 weekends.
Of the original 12 coffeeneur champions, six returned to earn their coffeeneuring award a second year. Well done! They are noted with an asterisk (*) in the list below.
The “I was going to complete the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but…” list, non-existent last year, ended up with 11 honorable mentions.
Coffeeneuring also experienced a geographic spread. This year marked the first international entries, with people from Canada (Ontario and Alberta), Ireland, and the United Kingdom submitting.
Domestically, new states were introduced to the coffeeneuring mix, with first-ever participation from the states of Arizona, California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina Utah, and Wisconsin.
Of all states submitting entries, Pennsylvania had the highest level of participation, followed by the District of Columbia (yay!). My graphic shows states as well as countries, but given that countries outside the U.S. had such small participation, I grouped them in with the states. This is not a political statement, only a quick way for you to see where the coffeeneurs reside. As you can see by the chart, Pennsylvania had the highest level of participation (12) followed by D.C. (8), Virginia (also 8), and Portland (6).
Four cities represented just shy of half of the coffeeneurs who participated. Those cities are:
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Washington, D.C.
- Portland, Oregon
- Arlington, Virginia
People coffeeneured in more places than ever before. The magic coffeeneuring maps show a broad view of the various coffeeneuring destinations. They include: the United States (17 states and the District of Columbia); Canada; Ireland; Japan; Norway; and the United Kingdom.
More people teamed up. Last year, only one two-person team participated in the Coffeeneuring Challenge. This edition, I identified around ten teams participating. Coffeeneuring can be a fine solitary activity, but I know that I prefer many of my rides and lattes with a side of friendship and good conversation.
I have more information about places visited, and I may dig through it more to find more nuggets to share. For now, though, I’m going with what I’ve gathered so far from all entries. I’d love to scrutinize the information more closely, but things like my j-o-b and my bike riding keep getting in the way.
Drum roll, please. FINALLY, the lists of Coffeeneur Challenge Finishers and Honorable Mentions. In addition to the person’s name, city, and state, I have also included the individual’s blog, if he or she has one and used it for coffeeneuring write-ups.
Coffeeneur Challenge Finishers
- Bill A. the ultimate coffeeneur. Portland, Oregon*
- Crystal B. Aesthetics of Everywhere. (team with Adam) Washington, D.C.
- Dan B. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Dana B. Arlington, Virginia
- Patti B. (team with George B.) Wilmington, Delaware (Thanks to Patti’s entry, I finally learned to spell this state.)
- Simon B. (team with Tara) Wheaton, Maryland*
- Kate C. A Girl and Her Bike. Washington, D.C.
- Kirstin C. (team with Tom C.) Ultrarunnergirl. Washington, D.C.
- Tom C. (team with Kirstin) aka “the hubz.” Washington, D.C.
- Deb D. Arlington, Virginia
- Mark E. (Team with Sue E.)Tempe/Phoenix, Arizona
- Sue E. (Team with Mark E.) Tempe/Phoenix
- Felkerino. The Daily Randonneur. Washington, D.C.*
- Brian F. Park City, Utah
- Lynne F. Lynne’s Mostly Cycling Blog. Portland, Oregon
- Nigel G. (team with Joyce) Iron Rider. Philadelphia, PA
- Joyce (team with Nigel) Philadelphia, PA
- Rose G. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Beth H. bikelovejones Portland, Oregon
- Hydie H. Cupcake Ride. Toronto, Ontario (Canada!)
- Ashley H. Aerochick. Wilmington, Massachusetts
- Tara H. (team with Simon) News and Commentary. Wheaton, Maryland
- Lauren K. Lauren Marie Says. Dublin, Ireland (!)
- Narayan K. My Rando Adventures. Seattle, Washington
- Liz M. Vienna, Virginia
- Jim M. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Andrea M. Physics Girl on the Loose. Toronto, Ontario (Canada!)
- Marina M. Portland, Oregon
- Keith M. keithmo bikes. Woodenville, Washington
- Georgie O. Pennine Pedaling. Lancashire, United Kingdom (!)
- Susan O. Small Engine, Big Tank. Portland, Oregon
- John “Rootchopper” P. A Few Spokes Shy of a Wheel. Alexandria, Virginia
- Joe P. Seattle, Washington
- Vannevar. Type 2 Clydesdale Cyclist. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania*
- S.R. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Michael R. Portland, Oregon
- Emma R. (Team with Mike “Q” R.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Bryan R. Miles to Go Before I Sleep. Research Triangle, North Carolina
- John R. porta-john. Washington, D.C.*
- Mike “Q” R. (team with Emma) torley manor. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Ken S. Alexandria, Virginia
- Ty S. The Crazy Randonneur. San Francisco, California
- Julie S. (Team with Steve S.) Silver Spring, Maryland
- George S. The Hudson Valley Randonneur. Hudson Valley, New York*
- Jonathon S. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Mike T. Cruisin’ Downhill. Edmonton, Alberta (Canada!)
- Charlie T. (team with Katrin) Arlington, Virginia
- Jody T. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Steve W. Singularity. Madison, Wisconsin (the lone Midwesterner)
- Hyla W. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Suze. Suze, Cycling. the Berkshires (I think), Massachusetts
I was Going to Complete the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but… Honorable Mentions
- George B. (team with Patti B.) Wilmington, Delaware
- Katy C. ktchancey. Ottawa, Ontario (Canada!)
- Scott G., Velo-Orange Blog. Somewhere in Maryland.
- Adam G. (team with Crystal B.) Washington, D.C.
- Gary H. (team with Sara) Topsham, Maine
- Sara H. (team with Gary) Topsham, Maine
- Ted N. Washington, D.C.
- Steve S. (team with Julie S.) Silver Spring, Maryland
- Leslie T. bikesbytesbites. Arlington, Virginia
- Katrin T. (team with Charlie T.) Arlington, Virginia
- Kevin “I need my coffee to go get coffee…” U. Bicycle Bug. Washington, D.C.
Huge congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge and to those who attempted it, but fell short of the full shebang.
What fun would a contest be without prizes? This year’s finisher’s premium is a two-fer. All individuals who completed the challenge will receive a Coffeeneuring Challenge button designed by coffeeneur conceptualizer and Seattle randonneur Joe Platzner.
Additionally, all finishers will receive a pewter coffee cup pin, for those days when you’re going for a more subtle coffeeneuring look.
Honorable mentions will receive a smaller version of the Coffeeneuring Challenge button.
Pins/buttons can be affixed to your lapel, saddle bags, sweaters, or whatever other article you decide is best to show off your Coffeeneuring Challenge accomplishment.
I will follow up with all the finishers and honorable mentions in the next few days in order that I may send out premiums.
Well done, everyone! It’s been a great couple of coffeeneuring months. Thanks to everybody who participated in and supported the Coffeeneuring Challenge. Coffeeneuring 4 evah!
P.S. If you think your name should be on one of these lists and it isn’t, PLEASE email me. Every coffeeneur who submitted an entry should have received a return email from me. If you did not, then I did not receive your entry.
thanks for doing this, MG. Pittsburgh is currently in a Soupaneuring Challenge following up on your initiative.
And thanks to you for encouraging the challenge up in Pittsburgh! You and Dan B. were great coffeeneuring ambassadors!
Woo Hoo! I’m a wee-nurr! Yay!!!
I am quite proud to be the first one that got you to break out the marker for California. Now I just need to get some more of the San Francisco Randonneurs to join in next year!
Oh, and awesome prizes too! That is extremely generous of you. I already have a place picked out for the coffeeneuring button on the shoulder strap of my Ortlieb messenger backpack. The little coffee pin might be good on my handlebar bag… hmm…
Funny, but I am just as excited about that as I was my first 200K Brevet medal!
I’m so glad, and proud of you for putting CA on the coffeeneuring map!
Interesting that the Magic Map looks vaguely like the electoral college map. (With some obvious exceptions). A little more media spending in MI and FL next election and you could take the White House!
I know it… I need to get to work right away!
Very nice, MG! Thank you for setting this up. You’ve inspired Pittsburgh’s current Soupaneuring – to be followed by Eggneuring (and I’m still advocating Icecreamneuring for next summer!). You totally get credit for initiating all of these fun events. Looking forward to next Fall’s Coffeeneuring – round 3!
That’s awesome, and thank you! Pittsburgh totally got into the challenge, which I loved seeing.
I love the maps! Congratulations to everyone who participated.
What nice prizes! Thanks!
Now that we know we can submit together, maybe we’ll both be finishers next year. :-).
Yes, definitely something I need to update in the rules. I did not realize so many people would be coffeeneuring together. It doesn’t make sense for each person to send in an individual entry if all trips were the same.
Greatly enjoyed reading everyone’s entries. It took some research, but I think that I’ve found 7 different shops within 25 miles, so next year I’m putting Iowa on your magic map!
That’s great news! I grew up in Iowa so would LOVE it if someone could put Iowa on the magic coffeeneuring map!
And I think I’ll go by “The Lone Midwesterner” from now on.
Ha! I bet you would be excellent at coffeeneuring AND fighting crime, then. At least I did not say “the cheese stands alone.” 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting this virtual-yet-not challenge. It was nice to have such a social goal at the end of the year, as well as getting me out there talking to folks at the coffee shops.
My goal for next year’s event is to go to coffee shops that are one-offs or very very small chains.
I’m so glad you participated!
I fully intend to have a big team next year (promise it wont be called Team GB) 😀 Thanks for the challenge – anything to keep me riding through our short days is great.
Squee!!! I love the button. And the ornament! Can’t wait to proudly display my first real cycling trophy! 🙂
Ty got it right. I have to put the coffeeneuring button right up there with my first 200K brevet medal. I’m equally proud of both.
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