Bicycling Can Become Team-Building Exercise

By Mastrull, Diane | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), July 5, 2015 | Go to article overview

Bicycling Can Become Team-Building Exercise


Mastrull, Diane, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Ready to gear up? Walton "whys" on cycling at work: - The bike is an equalizer. Titles are nonexistent. - Team building/group dynamics. There is nothing like setting a hard, physical team challenge to determine the dynamics of how a group works most efficiently to accomplish that goal. - Employee engagement and retention. Employees want to know their company cares about their interests and well-being. A company-supported cycling program keeps employees excited about their job and more likely to remain with the company. - Corporate wellness. As employees age, cycling is a healthier sport, with lower impact than running or tennis. - Community relations. A cycling program is a natural fit to drive corporate community-relations goals and charitable fund-raising initiatives.PHILADELPHIA - "How are your tires?"

It might be one of the oddest pickup lines ever. But it launched a love match 21 years ago that also led to an entrepreneurial partnership balanced on two wheels.

Brian Walton, an Olympic silver medalist in cycling, uttered those heart-melting words to Dana Gyory, holder of multiple Master's World Championship cycling titles, the day after she bought spare tires from his friend for a tournament outside Philadelphia. A Vancouver resident at the time, Walton was in the region to compete that weekend too.

"It was love at first sight," Walton recalled recently.

Nearly 18 years of marriage and three children later, the cycling couple are in business together, peddling pedaling as a means not only of physical fitness, but of corporate health.

"Corporate leaders recognize there is a direct correlation between the success on the bike and success in the boardroom," Walton said. …

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