Posts tagged "L Challenge"

Another day, another record run for British rail competitor

Nikki Huber and Adham Fisher in the Loop on Monday.  Don't mess with a man wearing a grass vest and mohawk. Photo by Joe Baldwin/noisivelvet
Adham Fisher did it again. The Brit from Leicester stormed across the pond and beat the “L” Challenge record recently set by two Chicagoans. Fisher passed through all 143 stations on the CTA’s eight rail lines Thursday in 9 hours, 6 minutes, 48 seconds. On April 11,  Ben Downey and Rob Bielaski of Chicago had... Read more »

Tattler bro backs him up with photo of CTA Challenge competitor

Nikki Huber and Adham Fisher in the Loop on Monday.  Don't mess with a man wearing a grass vest and mohawk. Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil
As noted in Monday’s post Nikki Huber and Adham Fisher were promoting themselves Tuesday and the Loop Alliance Pop-Up Art Loop gallery tour on May 3. I was hoping to get out to take some photos of them but was too busy at work. But then I saw a tweet from my brother Dan X.... Read more »

CTA's Claypool honors Brit for completing "L Challenge"

Once again, CTA President Forrest Claypool has recognized a person for traveling through every CTA rail station in a single day. In August, Claypool honored three students for completing the “L Challenge.” Now the British man who inspired the students and holds the unofficial record has earned his day in the spotlight. Adham Fisher recently... Read more »
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CTA's Claypool honors students who completed "L Challenge"

Andrew Karas (left) and Grace Flaherty accept mock station signs from CTA President Forrest Claypool to mark their completion of the L Challenge in just under 10 hours. (CTA photo by Tony Coppoletta)
The “L Challenge” — passing through all of the CTA’s 144 rail stations in one day — has now caught the attention of CTA President Forrest Claypool. On Tuesday he honored three young CTA riders who recently completed the challenge by giving mock station signs. CTA Tattler recounted the journey by honorees Andrew Karas, Grace... Read more »

Team of three takes on "L Challenge" - and nearly wins prize

Clinton stop on the Green Line
A few weeks ago, Andrew Karas wrote me to say he and two friends were going to attempt the “L Challenge” – riding the entire length of every rail line in the shortest amount of time possible. I wrote extensively in May about Adham Fisher’s journey — or shall I say, he wrote about it,... Read more »

The L Challenge in review: Final thoughts on the CTA system, idiosyncracies

Editor’s note: Last week I published a two-part series recounting the efforts of a British rail enthusiast to ride every CTA train line through every station as quickly as possible. Read Part 1 from Thursday and Part 2 from Friday. Today, that intrepid Brit Adham Fisher shares final thoughts on his short but many-miles-long visit.... Read more »
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The L Challenge Part 2: "Miniature train highway" and bad bus connections

Editor’s note: The following is Part 2 in the detailed story of a Brit who came to Chicago to ride every L rail line through every station in record time. Be sure to read Part 1 first. The “miniature train highway”Just as impressive is when the Brown joins the Red just before Fullerton to form... Read more »

The L Challenge: A Brit's thoughts on the CTA as he rides every train line, station

Adham Fisher from Great Britain took the "L Challenge."
Editor’s note: Following is the detailed story of a Brit who came to Chicago to ride every L rail line through every station in record time. The only problem is there is no official recorded record time. And Adham Fisher is quite accustomed to competing to break the record in London’s Tube Challenge. I love... Read more »