May starts tomorrow which is National Bike Month and is also the beginning of the National Bike Challenge. For those who haven’t participated in the past, the National Bike Challenge is an annual cycling challenge put on by the League of American Bicyclists designed to encourage more cycling across the US. From their website:
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The Challenge aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles from May 1, 2014 until September 30, 2014.
Riders not only will have a great chance to complete for miles and days ridden, but also will be entered for prizes. There is no cost to participate. Like last year, OBS has created a team page at https://nationalbikechallenge.org/team/5170. To participate just visit that link to sign up. After that, just log the rides that you do and boom, that’s it, you are in the challenge. For those that use Endomondo or Map My Ride, your miles can be automatically synced, just click your preferred provider when signing up. If you don’t use either of those sites, you can log your miles manually as well. If you have any difficulty signing up, feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great opportunity to not only win prizes for the rides you already do, but also to give valuable data to the League of American Bicyclists about cycling activity in our area for their valuable lobbying efforts. Hope to see you in the challenge and out on the road!
*Featured photo by Clapstar