Mele of Bicycling Best Photo Challenge
Mele Riders were asked to show us the journey and celebrations of cycling.
An impartial panel of judges looked for submissions that stand out from the others in terms of creativity, storytelling, emotion, and the promotion of safe cycling. Basically, showing us what “Riding with Aloha” means to you!
Participation was voluntary and we thank all the riders who submitted shots from their Mele Metric rides.
Congratulations to Marcia Zina Mager who took the best shot, an image of Dennis Aubrey on one of their Mele rides out on the beautiful Paalaa Rd in Haleiwa.
“It’s the journey not the destination…” by Marcia Zina Mager
Mele of Bicycling Best Photo - Honorable Mention
Mele Metric Century Competitive Challenges
Hundreds of riders chose to join friends and family, together on the road or virtually, combining all the distance ridden for the Mele Team Challenges.
Team with the Most Riders outside of O’ahu
Red Hot Ladies Cycling Club
Team with the Most Km Ridden
Red Hot Ladies Cycling Club
Team with the Highest Average Kilometers Ridden
Team Hoaloha Eha (Bob Bengston, Sharon R. Keith, Atomman Kimm & Monique van der Aa) Total Km = 2,333.9 with an Average 583.475 km per rider.
Mahalo to our Mele Sponsors, PitStop Partners & Volunteers.
Age Category Distance Riders
Although the Mele Metric Century was not a race, many riders took on the challenge to ride as much as they could during the 10-day official ride period. Every km ridden to work, to school, to the store and anywhere around town – inside, outside or on a stationery bike was counted.
CONGRATS to these amazing riders who rode with aloha for their health, for fun and for the Mele challenge!
1st Melanie Killam 817.28 km
2nd Barbara DeBry 386.23 km
3rd Rose Chu 338.28 km
1st Gregory Gibbons 1,129.50 km
2nd G. Michael Keltos 886.75 km
3rd Bob Bengston 694.00 km
FEMALE 41 – 59 years old
1st Monique van der Aa 741.00 km
2nd Kelly Ruiz 419.23 km
3rd Karen Doi 328.14 km
MALE 41- 59 years old
1st Kemal Abuhan 1,053.94 km
2nd David “Lamar” Cherry 572.80 km
3rd William Betts 553.42 km
FEMALE 21 – 40 years old
1st Erin Lucas 567.29 km
2nd Allison Virbitsky 501.10 km
3rd Yun Yi 327.58 km
MALE 21 – 40 years old
1st Carl Nethercutt V 573.4 km
2nd Tyler Tsubota 543.00 km
3rd Korey Tsubota 525.21 km
FEMALE Under 20
1st Sasha Mikita 108.47 km
2nd Kaia A. TenCate 83.73 km
3rd Kara Uemoto 51.50 km
MALE Under 20
1st Cody Stinson 101.87 km
2nd Braden Uemoto 49.89 km
2nd Michael Byrne 49.89 km
2nd Benjamin Byrne 49.89 km
The MAYTONA 500
What we love the most about HBL’s 2020-21 transitional events is the ability for every rider to set their own personal challenge.
It could be a goal to just dust off the bike and push of motivation to get it out on the road. Or for a few, the goal was a bit more EXTREME, a stretch goal for most of us, the goal to reach – The MAYTONA 500 (5x Metric Century distance in the 10-day ride period).
We celebrate all the riders who reached their personal goals and honor each rider’s time, planning and dedication. Way to go!
Suggested routes and resources to explore your Mele journey. Exclusive access to Ride with GPS (RWGPS) route resources including Maps, Turn-by-Turn Cue Sheets, GPS data files (.fit, .gpx, .tcx) to upload to your device for navigation.
Get your bikes in tune to rock & roll your personal goal in
HBL’s Mele of Bicycling–Metric Century is the transitional bike event that takes the best of a large group event and mixes it with the fun of HBL’s Hawai’i Ride of the Century we held in September 2020.
Connect with riders from around the world who are also inspired to “Ride with Aloha” and ride with pride knowing you are supporting the non-profit Hawaii Bicycling League.
There’s a reason HBL’s Mele Metric Century is a 10 day event – biking over multiple days gets you into the rhythm of biking! And you ride on your favorite routes, on your time, and on the bike you choose – ride indoors, outdoors or both.
HBL’s Mele Metric Century primary focus is personal achievement toward a personal bicycling goal. The event includes competitive challenges, exclusive access to HBL Curated Routes, a private HBL Facebook Event Page, and cool finisher gear. And, we’re excited we’ll see you along the way at HBL Pit Stop Recharge Stations stocked with your favorite biking fuel.
Participants have 10 consecutive days (including 2 weekends) to ride and log distance ridden. Reach your goal all in one day or hop on your bike every day during the 10-day event ride period (Apr 30 to May 9, 2021) ~ you make your ride plan, and we’ll provide you special support. We know you probably did your share of binge watching (we did too!).
No matter your age and biking experience. You choose your personal distance goal.
- Bike a Half Metric Century (50 km/31 miles). As easy as a 2 mile out/2 mile back daily ride.
- Bike a Full Metric Century (100 km/62 miles) a distance easily achieved over 10 days.
- Challenge yourself with a Double Metric Century (200 km/124 miles) when one century is not enough.
- And for the truly inspired, The MAYTONA 500. The distance of FIVE metric centuries, a total of (500km/310 miles)
Registered Riders Receive:
- Mele of Bicycling Dry Tech Gender Fit Finisher Shirt
- Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century reusable reflective wristband and armband
- Exclusive access to 4 weekend Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century Pit Stop Recharge Stations (on O’ahu)
- Exclusive access to printable and GPS upload HBL Curated Routes (password provided to registrants)
- Invitation to HBL Private Facebook Event Page
- Mele of Bicycling temporary tattoo
- Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century event decal
- In-person Rider Packet Pickup multi-date/time/location options (on O’ahu)
- Custom Finisher Certificate (printable PDF)
- Kazoo Khorus and Finisher Award Event on May 22
- Invitation to #SafeUs Ride on May 23
- REGISTER! Watch Pricing and Key Dates for the best deal.
- Choose your personal GOAL DISTANCE. Remember this is YOUR personal goal. No penalty if life happens.
- Wear your Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century official participant resusable reflective wristband during the 10-day ride period providing exclusive access to Pit Stop Recharge Stations.
- SHARE with friends and family and BUILD a TEAM. Riders do not need to ride together to form a team.
- PICKUP your RIDER PACKET April 23-25 (See posted locations/times)
- BIKE, BIKE, BIKE from Apr 30th – May 9th.
- TRACK your RIDES during the 10-day ride period. Use any tool out there (ex., Strava, Garmin), your mobile GPS tracker or SmartPhone App (ex., MapMyRide, GoogleMaps).
- FOLLOW/POST with us on Facebook and READ daily email updates during the ride period.
- REPORT TOTAL DISTANCE RIDDEN (Km/Miles) when you meet your goal or no later than May 10th. *Winners of Competitive Challenges will be required to provide verifiable data when requested by HBL.
- CELEBRATE! With HBL at the Finisher Award Event on May 22nd (location/time TBA)
HBL’s Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century is a worldwide event, so anyone with a bike can participate.
All roadies, cruisers, fixies, gravel grinders, mountain bikers, commuters, weekend warriors, triathletes, stationary and E-Bikers can participate. Borrow, rent or use a bikeshare, no matter if inside, outside, on a trainer or stationary bike ~ get riding.
*Competitors with pedal assist or E-Bike are not eligible for Competitive Challenge awards for distance and age. Riders are responsible for providing HBL with information that undeniably proves their age and ride(s) when requested.
REGISTER ASAP for best saving. Pricing tiers are based on DATE REGISTERED.
GET YOUR FRIENDS TO REGISTER, build a Team and encourage others to set their goals with you. It doesn’t matter how many riders in a Team and you do not have to ride together or at the same time. You must Join/Create your Team at time of your registration to enter the Team Competitive Challenges.
MARCH 25th – Registration Price Increase
APRIL 15th – Registration Price Increase
APRIL 23rd – 25th – Rider Packet Pickup
Apr 23 (FRI) – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
The Bike Shop – Aiea (Get Directions)
98-019 Kamehameha Hwy, Aiea, HI 96701
Apr 24 (SAT) – 10:00am – 2:00pm
The Bike Shop – Honolulu (Get Directions)
1149 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
Apr 25 (SUN) – 12:00noon – 4:00pm
BOCA Hawaii – Honolulu (Get Directions)
330 Cooke Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
APRIL 30th – May 9th (OFFICIAL RIDE PERIOD) – only rides during the official ride period count towards your goal distance.
MAY 10th – REPORT TOTAL DISTANCE – report as soon as you meet your goal. Competitive Challenge contestants must report ride results before deadline.
MAY 22nd – Kazoo Khorus and Finisher Award Event (location/time TBA)
MAY 23rd -#SafeUs 3-FEET RIDE (visit hbl.org/SafeUs3FeetRide for more information)
HBL’s Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century is an untimed unassisted ride in which riders roll at their own pace over a 10-day period. There are no official routes, start or finish locations and riders can complete rides at any location worldwide. This gives all riders of every age, ability and location plenty of freedom to enjoy the routes of their choice in a non-competitive non-race environment.
Only the distance ridden during the “official ride period” (Apr 30th-May 9th, 2021) is counted in your Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century Total Distance.
HBL’s Mele of Bicycling-Metric Century is an untimed unassisted non-competitive ride. We understand a lot can happen before and during the 10-day ride period and our priority is always your safety.
If you encounter challenges meeting your goal we encourage you to do your best. You will not be penalized or miss out on the fabulous finisher package or rider resources if you do not meet your goal. The ride goal is just that, a goal. The focus should be to ensure you are having fun, meeting riders through our platforms and making fantastic memories. Riding of any kind is an accomplishment and we celebrate any attempts you make. Regardless of the distance you ride in relation to your goal (even if zero), we ask everyone to REPORT the TOTAL DISTANCE online no later than May 10th, 2021 midnight HST
HBL will ask you if you logged your riders in kilometers or miles (for confirmation) but we sure would appreciate it if you could convert for your final reporting :-). Here is a sample of the report. It will be reset when the official ride period starts so take a look now before you start riding. REPORTING FORM
Only ONE ENTRY per registered rider is needed. Riders only need to report the TOTAL DISTANCE: the combination of all rides, on all bikes, a rider completes over the 10-day event period (Apr 30th-May 9th) once a personal goal is met or by deadline May 10th. No screenshots or downloads are needed at the time of reporting.
Distance ridden cannot be shared, combined or transferred to another rider or performed by another person. These are personal rides and HBL respects the distance reported. Do not enter daily or multiple entries as HBL will not combine rides for you. We suggest you keep track of rides as you go so you can easily REPORT the TOTAL DISTANCE. Participant totals will not be posted publicly.
HBL has built this ride for YOU and encourage YOU to be the only one riding toward your personal century goal. You will miss not only the fun, challenge and fitness benefits but most importantly the personal achievement and pride that comes when YOU jump in the saddle. Please use the honor code, ride safe and ride with aloha,
Riders may be requested to provide HBL additional proof of ride completion for competitive challenges awards upon request.
We will not have a jersey for this ride event but have upgraded the finisher shirt to a super cool Mele of Bicycling Dry Tech Gender Fit Shirt.
Check out the sizing to make sure your select the correct size at registration. There are no exchanges once registration is confirmed and HBL will not have extras. Shirt color is just a sample.
Click to view the MEN’S or WOMEN’s Sizing Chart for your best fit. Charts also available for review at registration.
HBL events would not be possible without wonderful volunteers. Celebrate the rhythm of bicycling with HBL throughout the month of May–with a kiss of April.
HBL’s Mele of Bicycling features a variety of fun and informative events you’ll not want to miss. With each event there are a variety of volunteer needs. Follow HBL.org/MeleOfBicycling for upcoming activities before, after and as the month dances along.
Question email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit HBL’s Mele of Bicycling Volunteer Opportunities to sign up.
HBL understands unexpected situations arise all the time. Due to the infinite number of possible circumstances, we enforce a no exception cancellation / no refund policy. While we do feel compassion for those who are unable to participate due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees and any cost incurred by registrants associated with a ride are non-refundable and non-transferable. Forfeited registrations are processed as a donation to HBL.