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National Bike Challenge

Postby Ducatista » Sat May 19, 2012 9:06 am

It's the first year of the National Bike Challenge. I'm in. Anybody else doing it?

If you're even remotely bikey, or would like to be, it's a great motivator. You earn 1 point per mile, and 20 points for each day you ride. Doesn't have to be commuter miles, any ride counts. You can log miles manually or download a GPS tracker if that doesn't make you twitchy.

The Challenge tracks points by individual, team (optional), workplace (optional), community, and state. Wisconsin's in 2nd place behind Vermont. Madison's in 1st place nationally, with Watertown/Fort Atkinson and Burlington, VT close behind.

I've got nothing for sporty shit, but this challenge has gotten me on my bike every single day since May 1 just to get my daily 20 points. Nothing bad about that.

C'mon, do it. No way those syrup slurpers should be in 1st place.
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby Ducatista » Sun May 20, 2012 10:56 am

I was sure at least a few other forons would be up for this. Nobody?
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby snoqueen » Sun May 20, 2012 12:38 pm

I rode at least six miles a day seven times last week so that would get me, what... 32 points x 7?

I am not much for social media stuff like this but I enthusiastically support healthful, enjoyable bike riding for everyone willing to get out there. The weather couldn't have been nicer last week -- we're in that narrow window of beauty between sticky summer heat and frozen winter.

(The idea of some central GPS database knowing where I am all day is creepy, but I guess I better get used to it.)
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby Ducatista » Sun May 20, 2012 10:47 pm

Yup, it'd be 224 points for you (and for Madison, and for WI), assuming a 12-mi round trip. Nice.

One thing the Challenge has taught me so far: check the wind report before heading out on a lake loop. This morning SUCKED.
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby snoqueen » Mon May 21, 2012 9:26 am

They need a little "crosswinds" warning sign on the John Nolen causeway path. If we were landing planes we'd wind up in the lake.
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby rabble » Mon May 21, 2012 10:30 am

I hardly use the bike any more. Anything less than a mile or two away, I walk. If it's more than that, I usually have more to carry than the bike's capacity so I bus or drive.

I'm walking forty or fifty miles a week. It's too bad that doesn't count.
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Re: National Bike Challenge

Postby Remember_Me » Tue May 22, 2012 11:17 am

rabble wrote:It's too bad that doesn't count.


It counts to your heart.

Keep it up!
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