Shorewood — Olympic Silver Medal bicyclist and local bike shop owner Brent Emery will compete against professional race car driver Andrew Hobbs of the legendary auto-racing Hobbs family in this year's Great Milwaukee Rider vs. Driver Challenge.
The public is invited to cheer at the start and finish. The starting gun will be fired at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 6 at Rainbow Jersey Bicycles, and the race is expected to finish about 7:40 a.m. at The Calling statue at O'Donnell Park in downtown Milwaukee.
This year's race will have a twist. Emery will be riding a Trek e-bike, which are electric enhanced bicycles with a motor and battery. The e-bike has a long-lasting removable battery that recharges at any household outlet.
Because everyday bike commuters may not have the cycling power of Emery, this year's competition will also have three 'for-the-challenge-and-fun-of-it' participants. Three women of different ages and experience will be participating in the challenge on three different bikes, ranging from a well-tuned commuter bike to a Bublr bike.
So far, the bicyclist has won the challenge year after year. Despite this history, Hobbs, third-generation professional race car driver, is confident in his vehicle selection: a Honda HR-V. The 21-year old currently races for Extreme Speed Motorsports in the Mazda Prototype Lites Series.
Emery and Hobbs have agreed to place a friendly charitable wager on the outcome of the event. If Emery wins, Hobbs will donate $200 to Emery's favorite charity, Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin. If Hobbs wins, Emery will donate $200 to Growing Power, a program that educates about eating healthy and sustainable growing practices in urban areas.