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Old 07-30-13, 06:57 PM
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National Bike Challenge

33,000+ riders have cycled 11 million miles with the goal of achieving 20 million by September 30. The National Bike Challenge is a free and fun challenge to encourage Americans to bike for health and fitness. Monthly prizes are awarded. If you register and post miles at www.nationalbikechallenge.org by midnight tomorrow 7/31, you will be eligible for the July prize drawing. Hope you can join in on the fun and help us reach 20 million miles. Anyone else here already in?
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Old 07-30-13, 07:23 PM
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I've done 487 miles total for the challenge. I'm top 10 in nevada out of 38. Keep riding and stay safe.
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Old 07-30-13, 07:27 PM
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Hey polishmadman. How's biking in Vegas these days, many cyclists and any bike lanes? The challenge is really big here in my city of Appleton, WI. with over 1200 riders out of 73,000 population.
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The roads are getting more bike friendly, but still not quite there.I know my coworkers thought I was insane for riding when it was 115. I don't tell them that the temps coming off the road are closer to 140. Now, its finally cooling down a bit.
The challenge isn't anywhere that big here. We have 18 registered riders. All of them are sport or leisure. And so far the only commuters I see are the salmon rolling toward me.
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I have participated in the National Bike Challenge last year and this year. Some of the cyclists there are putting in some incredible mileage. I thought that I rode a lot, but I am way down the list. I'm doing it for the potential swag, but so far I have won nothing, zilch, nada.
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No prizes in this part of NC either, just hit the platinum level this week (2500 miles)
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everyone from Wisconsin seems to keep winning all the prizes.
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Hey, I'm from Wisconsin but haven't won anything yet. Still hoping I can score the year's supply of toilet paper.
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I'm in, have cranked out 1976 miles (3216 points) during the Challenge. Did it last year as well, had formed a team at my company -- we had 15 riders sign up last year. This year, I worked with HR to get some bike shop gift cards for our own drawings, and we're now up to 66 riders on the company team. Woo-hoo!
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Originally Posted by polishmadman
everyone from Wisconsin seems to keep winning all the prizes.
It originated in WI only a couple years ago with one large employer (Kimberly Clark). A lot of the cities at the top of the leaderboards are in the same general area surrounding KC. I'm guessing as this takes off, you'll see more parity.

I had never heard of this until this thread. I wish I would have begun keep track there at the beginning of the year but I still wouldn't be anywhere near the top. I have 800 miles on this year, with 70+ days with rides (mostly commuting, ~10 miles round trip).

I started keeping track of miles in Excel this year because my bike computer freaks out a couple times per year and resets and I lose track of miles.
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I am way down in the standings. 600th place at this point with 952 points. I gotta ride more often.
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Originally Posted by hsh101
I'm in, have cranked out 1976 miles (3216 points) during the Challenge.....
Awesome job! I just hope I get to that point some day. 875 miles since the beginning of the year. I'm trying to ride more each month
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I have 4237 points....not sure of miles. Somewhere around 2400. I've been riding a fair amount. I'm having fun with it. It helps that I changed jobs in June and now have a 21 mile round trip commute.
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Originally Posted by bengreen79
It originated in WI only a couple years ago with one large employer (Kimberly Clark). A lot of the cities at the top of the leaderboards are in the same general area surrounding KC. I'm guessing as this takes off, you'll see more parity.

I had never heard of this until this thread. I wish I would have begun keep track there at the beginning of the year but I still wouldn't be anywhere near the top. I have 800 miles on this year, with 70+ days with rides (mostly commuting, ~10 miles round trip).

I started keeping track of miles in Excel this year because my bike computer freaks out a couple times per year and resets and I lose track of miles.
You can still log your miles for the challenge, and can retroactively add those from the beginning of the challenge. You'd be eligible for the August and September drawings, but just missed the July deadline.
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Originally Posted by polishmadman
Awesome job! I just hope I get to that point some day. 875 miles since the beginning of the year. I'm trying to ride more each month
875 miles is also quite the accomplishment, keep at it!
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Help wanted...

More riders needed to reach the 20 million mile goal for 2013...

https://www.bikeleague.org/content/ch...g-why-we-do-it

Ride ON! :-)
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I'm in too- not having as big a year as I had hoped. AT around 850 right now.
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2480 miles and 3880 points. It's been a record year.
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As of yesterday, I am at 2554 points. Good times...
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Update: 34,000+ riders, 15+ million miles. Still looking for a few good riders to help us achieve 20 million miles by 9/30.
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Just joined ... I'm in the 1,200s in Wisconsin LOL
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Geeze. My records show 3540 miles for the year, more than half of it commuting, but entering it all into that calendar would take for ever. It's not like I do the same ride every day, especially in the summer when I'm commuting back and forth from two different homes. Ugh.
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^ +1

I added July, August and September so far, I didn't go back further.
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No problem guys - just enter your Sept miles and go for the prizes. The Endomondo app works well if you have a smart phone or Garmin.
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3300 some points and 1,517 miles.


This thread answers so many questions. I have so long wondered, why the years supply of TP?


Also, cant help it...

It seems like a linear fit, (as opposed to the polynomial) would be more appropriate for that chart.

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