Yesterday was the end of the National Bike Challenge. The challenge ran from May 1st through September 30 and it was designed to promote cycling across the country.
I was a little late to the party and joined on May 12. The challenge is the catalyst which spawned my personal challenge to ride 180 days in a row. To date I have ridden 139 days consecutively.
What is really great about the challenge is how cyclists support and encourage others along the way. I actually joined the challenge with 47 other riders from my work. We had a pair of awesome organizers (thanks Keely and Eric) and everyone was motivated to ride. What I like is that you could see how well you were doing not only on a national scale, but a state local and organizational scale as well.
Let's break down the statistics.
Above is my overall statistics. I rode 336.5 miles in 140 rides over the course of the challenge. That earned me 3,136 points which placed me #4,757 out of 47,087 riders nationally.
Locally I was number 23 out of 202 riders.
At my workplace I was #9 of 48 riders. Not too bad at all!
What I liked about the challenge is that they gave 20 points for getting on the bike and riding at least a mile on a day. They then awarded a point for each mile ridden. This rewards perseverance which I how I placed so high.
I am certainly glad I participated in the challenge and look forward to it again next year.
Get on your bikes and ride!