Rain or shine, about a hundred people on bikes or scooters come together for the traditional bike ride every year. Like before, the weather didn’t scare away the fans of biking. Participants set off from the Maritime Victory Park to the 300th Anniversary Park enjoying the picturesque views of Gazprom Arena, the Gulf of Finland, and the Lakhta Center.

Ilya Klimentiev

Head of the Media Office

Ilya Klimentiev. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

Ilya Klimentiev. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

I’ve never participated in the bike ride before, only saw a post about it on our social media once. I decided to join this year because I think it’s a cool way to bring such a unique company together. Especially since we don’t hang out outside work that much. Plus, it’s probably the last time I can hop on a bike this year. I do have one but I don’t ride it often. I’m not really keen on solo cycling just for fun.

Zlata Dyachkova

Manager at the Recruiting and Internal Communications Office

Zlata Dyachkova. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

Zlata Dyachkova. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

I joined ITMO just a month ago, so it’s my first bike ride. It’s such a cool idea! I was over the moon when I learned about it from my colleague. 

It’d be great to have many more events like this one. When we are at work, we always talk about our tasks, and this is our chance to get together and have a nice chat about something other than work. These kinds of events make us closer!

As the academic year has just kicked off, everyone is extremely busy. Bike rides are an awesome way to just relax, laugh, and unwind, especially on gloomy days like today.

The cold didn’t stop me. I knew I could just dress warm, and I didn’t even care about the rain. I love cycling but I don’t have my own bike yet. The last time I was on a bike was a year and a half ago, so today was an important day for me in many ways.

Ksenia Nikulina

Third-year student at the Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies

Ksenia Nikulina. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

Ksenia Nikulina. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

It’s my second time joining the bike ride. I was here in spring, too. I help KronBars with their Instagram, so it’s also part of my job. This is a great exercise. Usually, I don’t cycle much because I live in a dorm and have no place to store it.

It’s great that people gather to ride alongside each other. Even though it rained a lot last time, many people came anyway. I believe that this tradition is extremely important. It brings ITMO.Family closer. While you’re riding side by side, you might start a spontaneous conversation, meet someone new, or even find friends. 

Anatoly Ivanov

Third-year student at the Faculty of Information Technologies and Programming 

Anatoly Ivanov. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

Anatoly Ivanov. Photo courtesy of Ekaterina Shevyreva, ITMO.NEWS

I’ve never missed a bike ride over the years that I study at ITMO. It’s a lot more fun to ride with a company. And I ride all over my district a lot but I need a good reason to do it on Krestovsky Island. 

I enjoy the initiative. I remember it was pouring when I was on my first bike ride but it was still a lot of fun. Such events let teachers and students stay in touch.

This year, as usual, I came on my scooter. I love scootering to places. I wasn’t afraid of the cold. Although scooters aren't at their best in cold weather, the temperatures are still above zero. And I definitely had enough layers – I’ve put on my thermals, jacket, and gloves, so there was nothing to worry about.

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