Amidst students buried in books at the University of Alberta, some local students are making efforts to keep healthy. Clad in spandex, groups took to stationary bikes yesterday for the Nestea Spinsation.

“(In) October, students don’t really take care of themselves. It is mid-term time, we eat junk food and it’s really not the best fuel for ourselves,” said student Marie Pigarowa.

“It’s a vicious cycle. We just want to raise awareness about taking care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle.”

In an attempt to raise $10,000 for the United Way, bikers registered individually or as a team to participate in the 24-hour relay.

As they biked to the pumping music, many industrious students skimmed through textbooks resting on the handlebars. Some riders had been pulled from the library to replace students who had fallen ill.

“I was studying and the (organizer) came and asked me if I wanted to do a spin class,” said biker Curtis Roth.

“We all walked over here and everyone was dressed in spandex, and I didn’t have anything. So I went and bought a pair of sweats, and I am just going to do this for an hour.”

The organizers of the event faced complications after many of the registered participants phoned in sick.

“The whole afternoon, we had people booked for all the bikes for the whole time,” said organizer Katie Berg. “But just in this last week, so many people in (the school of) business and from the whole campus have the flu.

“We will see what happens. Hopefully some of them will be able to come out and bike.”