Do you love to ride? The month of May is the National Bike Challenge. The point of the National Bike Challenge is to encourage more people to ride bikes! Along with riding bikes, the challenge seeks to increase awareness and advocacy for cycling.
Joining the National Bike Challenge is easy.
- Register on the website (or log in if you’ve registered on Love to Ride before)
- Create a team or join an existing team
- Ride a bike anywhere, anytime, during the month-long Challenge.
- Record your rides on the website (or via an app) to earn points
- Recruit your colleagues and friends to ride and join in too.
Here’s how the challenge works:
- Start a team or join an existing team (or you can ride solo, but it’s more fun with some friends!)
- Teams can have up to 8 riders.
- Teams can be made-up of anyone – colleagues, friends, family, etc.
- Your team will compete against 9 other teams in your ‘Pool’.
- Pools contain 10 teams. Pools mean that each team has a good chance of getting into 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their Pool of 10 teams. This makes for a more exciting and engaging competition for participants (as opposed to having 1 giant leaderboard where only the teams in the top are motivated to take part and engage, and teams in 78th place are not that engaged or motivated to take part!
- Each individual and team will earn points as pictured above. The more points you earn by riding and by encouraging others to ride too, the higher up the leaderboard you’ll go.
- There will be winning teams in each Pool. Can you beat the other teams in your Pool to get on the podium?
- After the 3rd week of the Challenge, the top teams from each Pool are put into an additional leaderboard called ‘The Final Sprint’ where they’ll face all the other top teams from each Pool to see which team is the best of the best! Only the points earned the last 7 days count on this additional leaderboard. Your team will still compete in its Pool the whole month of May. There will be three Final Sprint leaderboards: 1) Total Points; 2) Rider points (only the points earned by riding in the last week) 3) Encourager Points (only the points earned by encouraging others this last week).
We hope you’ll join us and commit to riding your bike more this May.