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In case you missed it, last weekend Game Informer ran its first ever community ride dubbed "Tour De GI." We had nine adventurous readers show up for the planned 27 mile ride, GI editors Dan Ryckert and Ben Hanson (though Hanson was late and joined us at Minnehaha Creek because he apparently doesn't know how to work an alarm), two friends of GI, and myself.
We started a little late, rode as one group, and had wonderful weather (maybe it was a little warm) . First I would like to praise all the riders, as I must say we moved at a very quick pace for the size of the group and range of experience. To mock the leader (me), we did go a little too fast and lost a couple riders at the start, but we all got back together at the end for the tour of the GI offices.
And of course, there is the very important stat that we all made it safely back home.
Hopefully the office tour was a highlight for our intrepid riders, where we showed them the ins and outs of the place, and even let them wander around the Vault (our giant library of video games) that one reader stated perfectly as, "much more impressive in person."
We gave out Game Informer t-shirts to all that came along, and I'm in the process of hooking them all up with a free 1 year Game Informer Digital subscriptions (Mike I can't find an email from you!).
I wanted to thank all that attended and encourage others to get out and ride a bike from time to time so next time we do our community ride (and we will do it again) you can join us, as I know I had a blast and from what I heard, the same can be said by those that came along.
Thanks again all and see you again next time.
PS: Check out this blog post from one of the riders, Levi King.
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I really wish I lived close enough to take part in this.
Gotta love that Dan honors Pipo even in bike rides. I wish I could've participated but I live thousands of miles away.
It was a heck of a lot of fun, even as one of "The Lost." I'll be more prepared for the next go around though.
next year you should ride to Pennsylvania that way i can join in :)
You guys should pull a Forrest Gump but with bikes so your fans can meet you.
That would be awesome. I only WA wasn't so far away from GI :c
***, I wished I could have participated but I'm sweating it out over here in Arizona. I would love to see the GI office and the Vault.
Thanks for mentioning me Andy! It was a fun time. Looks like a whole lot of people are interested enough for a repeat, too, though I guess most of them didn't realize GI is based in MN before. As long as nothing big came up, I'd definitely clear my schedule to do it again.
Really cool to see the amount of community interaction you guys have, hopefully one day you guys will ride down to Texas.
If I lived in the area, I totally would have waited a block away from the office and road up as everyone finished. I know, I'm hardcore.
Ok I'll drive to Minnesota to ride with y'all!
*Sigh* stuff like this ALMOST makes me want to be in Minneapolis. (I hate snow and cold with a passion :P) Perhaps one of these days I will take a trip up there for a GI event.
Wow, this is great to see that you involve your surrounding community! Perhaps this can be something we can start in our own communities and raise money to help cure thumb soreness from controllers or something. But seriously, would have loved to join. I enjoy cycling myself.
If only GI was closer to New Jersey. *sigh*
Y'all should do this again!