WHITEHORSE — Despite the snail-pace daily commute to his workplace, local arctic bike enthusiast Greg Armitage insists he will continue biking through heavy snow, wind and ice even if it is faster to walk.
“I had to justify why I spent over $4,000 on this bike,” explained Armitage about his new fat bike complete with 4.8 inch tires, that travels at an average speed of 4km/h in snow. “I get great exercise and a sense of moral superiority knowing that, unlike most people who want to get to work on time, I’m biking no matter what.”
Pedestrians who were passing Armitage on the street offered him positive encouragement as he pedalled furiously to get up a gentle slope.
“You can do it!” cheered an elderly woman using a walker, who saw the stalwart biker struggling to make any forward motion. “Show everyone that you didn’t need that bus pass!”
“I really admire him,” said a local mother who passed Armitage while pushing a stroller with two twins up Two Mile Hill. “He’s just hovering there to keep his balance instead of walking his bike up. Good for him!”
According to sources, Armitage arrived at his work just in time for him to return home.