The League of American Bicyclists planned something fun for biking enthusiasts this summer. Luckily, summer runs through September, so there’s still time to join in.
The National Bike Challenge started May 1st and runs through September 30th. The Challenge brings together veteran riders and newbies alike in a friendly contest to build community and promote bike riding for all.
Riders may register alone or with a team to log outdoor miles (sorry spinners) and rack up points for the chance to win prizes. There’s even a leaderboard to celebrate top riders and teams and add a healthy dose of competition to the Challenge.
Once registered, riders earn 20 points for each ride and one point for each mile on the road. (For example, someone riding 10 miles earns 30 points.) After earning 100 points, a rider is entered into the monthly prize drawing.
A few more rules: Riders must be at least 13 years old (with permission from the rents of course) and the Challenge is for U.S. Citizens only. (Sorry Danes. Fun fact: 4 out of 10 Danes own a car while 9 out of 10 own a bike*.)
We’ve written about the League before and illumiNITE supports their good work on behalf of bicyclists around the country. Some of those efforts include: training and insuring local instructors (so everyone can learn to ride a bike), working with elected officials to create more bike lanes and trails, and advocating more “pro-bike” policies.
The League believes…
“When more people ride bikes:
Life is better for everyone;
Communities are safer, stronger and better connected;
Our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and
more energy independent.” (From the League’s website)
We say Right On and, where do I sign up? We only have two more months of good weather here in New England so there’s no time to waste.
P.S. – Remember stay safe and seen on your rides with illimiNITE cycling gear. Fall and winter styles are HERE, so check it out before summer ends.
*Source: Cycling Embassy of Denmark