National Bike Challenge Happens Again This Year 2017

Middle Aged Woman on a Bicycle

National Bike Challenge Happens Again This Year 2017

June 1, 2017 Bicycle Friendly 0
Riding at Dusk for the National bike Challenge

What is the National Bike Challenge?

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders.

What: 2017 National Bike Challenge

When: May 1 – September 30

Who: Everyone!

Why: Have fun, build community and make biking better.

How: Follow these four easy steps to join the National Bike Challenge.

  1. Navigate to: www.nationalbikechallenge.org/
  2. Select “Join the Challenge.”
  3. Create a Strava account or log in to your existing Strava account.
  4. Log your rides on Strava and they will automatically import into the National Bike Challenge
  5. Look for your desired teams on the search bar and join them by clicking “View Group on Strava” and “Join”

My Participation in The National Bike Challenge

This will be the third year that I am personally participating in the challenge. Last year I did a pretty good job of biking quite a bit and nearly reached 400 total miles during the challenge and over 700 for 2016. This year my year goal is 1000 miles and currently in the challenge I am at 182 miles so I should be on track to beat last years mile total. What I didn’t do this year is recruiting other local people to join the challenge with me. Didn’t have as much time this year to devote to that, but I am already formulating a plan for next year. For me, the challenge is a fun way to encourage myself to get out and ride when at times I could choose to drive.

Still working on becoming an every day all year rider, so this could be the push I need this year to attempt to ride this winter. I want out once this winter for International Bike to Work Day, but it was less than a good experience. Not going to let that stop me though. All it takes is getting comfortable.

Are their challenges that you participate in? What are they? And how do they encourage you to ride more than you already do?