Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Borja places first in biking competition

Cycling Expo 11
Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
The photo shows Vienna Police Officers Bill Murray and Melissa Borja at our Cycling Info Expo in February. The story below tells of Melissa's recent accomplishments on a bike.

Master Police Officer Melissa Borja of the Vienna Police Department
recently competed in the 2008 International Police Mountain Bike
Association Competition in Indianapolis.

Officers from all around the nation gather each year to learn about
new policing strategies and techniques, and to share ideas about
policing on a bicycle.

Borja serves as the lead officer for the Vienna Police Bicycle Unit.
She ensures the bicycles are adequately maintained and instructs new riders from area departments during a rigorous two-week training course, officials said.

The competition consisted of riding down a flight of stairs, up
another set of stairs, making a tight left turn, a U-turn through a
cone course, and then sprinting into a tight S-turn.

From there, Borja wound through a serpentine cone course, hopped up on to a platform, negotiated a third very tight cone course, rode her
bike over three railroad ties and performed another sprint to the finish.

Of the 75 riders participating in the event, Borja placed first in her
class for women and finished well ahead of more than half the men
participating in the event.

In addition, a bikes@vienna customer, Skip Samuels participated in the same event riding a Rans Crank Forward model. Skip is a member of the University of Mary Washington Campus Police Department and a very good customer.

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