Sunday Dec 04, 2011

Java Community Bike Ride in São Paulo

In true community spirit, Fabiane Nardon and other SouJava members put together a Java Community Bike Ride this morning in São Paulo, just before JavaOne Latin America. Affectionately called the Geek Bike Ride, it had just the right combination of exercise, technology and fun.

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We had 26 riders, slightly overcast and cool weather, and a wonderful route through São Paulo, thanks to Sunday lane closures for just for bike riders.

Everyone in group looked great in our fabulous Duke bike jerseys. The route was 12 miles/22 kilometers, but don't take my word for it, because what geek bike ride would be complete without GPS documentation and full redundancy? We rode at a leisurely pace, and it gave everyone time to chat and meet some new friends. We visited two parks and a street fair along the way. We even had "bike angels" to make sure no one was left behind (thank you Fabiane, Fernando and Claudio!). And our bike angels weren't just bike enthusiasts: Fabiane is well known Java Champion and Java EE expert, Claudio is one of the best known Agile speakers in Brazil, and Fernando is responsible for the architecture and development of some of the most popular web sites in Brazil. A little geek talk with your bike ride? Bring it on!

It was so much fun, some riders from California talked about arranging a community ride before the Oracle User Group/JUG leader summit in January. Stay tuned for details about the next #geekbikeride - or start your own! (Here's a template to get you started.)

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