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THIS YEAR WE’VE RIDDEN…

14,079,556 MILES

29 round-trips to the moon

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17,500,000 (HALF WAY)

35,000,000

Our Accomplishments

473,997,441 calories burned

$2,011,571 dollars saved

3,311,081 pounds co2 saved

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16 minutes ago

Stefan
Spiekermann

200 miles

54 days

1,280

points

27 minutes ago

Hayden
Beresford

211 miles

19 days

591

points

33 minutes ago

Keith
von Huben

343 miles

30 days

943

points

34 minutes ago

Zdenek
Zenozicka

1,413 miles

68 days

2,773

points

40 minutes ago

Elizabeth
Marriott

186 miles

40 days

986

points

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George
Bergner

649 miles

41 days

1,469

points

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karol
hapel

619 miles

51 days

1,639

points

47 minutes ago

Don
Morrison

1,387 miles

68 days

2,747

points

53 minutes ago

Harry
Hanneuse

1,350 miles

58 days

2,510

points

1 hour ago

Claire
Baldrey

79 miles

3 days

139

points

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RJ
Lalumiere

760 miles

63 days

2,020

points

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Sophie
Busont

183 miles

32 days

823

points

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Sebastian
Eggert

457 miles

25 days

957

points

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Bart
van der Zwan, The Hague - NL

1,033 miles

62 days

2,273

points

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Albert
Skog

560 miles

40 days

1,360

points

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Milan
Míl

1,090 miles

64 days

2,370

points

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Judy
Gardner

378 miles

32 days

1,018

points

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Andrew
Chapman - 3M UK

1,405 miles

56 days

2,525

points

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Christos
Theo

35 miles

12 days

275

points

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aaron
zaslow

301 miles

55 days

1,401

points

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Pirun
Tirapibal

305 miles

33 days

965

points

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Michael
Bruns

129 miles

27 days

669

points

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Brian
Samson

517 miles

45 days

1,417

points

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Edvard
Fosdahl

84 miles

7 days

224

points

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Ian
thomson

1,944 miles

43 days

2,804

points

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Godot
Bitschnau

1,178 miles

61 days

2,398

points

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Peter
Smith

555 miles

36 days

1,275

points

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simon
brummitt

2,072 miles

46 days

2,992

points

1 hour ago

Stephen
Billett

1,038 miles

64 days

2,318

points

1 hour ago

Åsmund

332 miles

30 days

932

points

1 hour ago

Phil
Prajer

1,598 miles

59 days

2,778

points

1 hour ago

Richard
Kirkland

1,098 miles

48 days

2,058

points

1 hour ago

Richard
Proctor

490 miles

45 days

1,390

points

2 hours ago

Robert
Schmaal

1,019 miles

40 days

1,819

points

2 hours ago

gregory
smith

376 miles

36 days

1,096

points

2 hours ago

Andrea
Birch

782 miles

43 days

1,642

points

2 hours ago

Manuela
Krone

375 miles

32 days

1,015

points

2 hours ago

Gianluca
Brandinu

567 miles

29 days

1,147

points

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jose maria
castelo

1,300 miles

48 days

2,260

points

2 hours ago

Jamie
Morgan

67 miles

7 days

207

points

NATIONAL RIDER UPDATES

EM Matteson

Hi all, two rides in the rain today. First to the grocery store in the morning. The second one was to the UNL Dairy store with a stop at the bank along the way. >> Bright shiny spots on the greenish-yellow jacket. Hi-vis showing through the foggy daylight. Drops falling from my cap, a paper hidden in a plastic bag in my pocket. Black pants with a silvery stripe quickly covered with muddy splatter. Raindrops splashing everywhere, creating rivulets, making shiny reflections. A wet billfold with soggy bills to pay for the ice cream. Cheery conversations all around me. A short line in front of me. A quick chat with my daughter as she serves ice cream. A long line soon forms behind me. It seems a group of students has been given coupons to buy ice cream. I eat mine: one dip of strawberry-rhubarb and one of chocolate and head back in the line for some quarts to take home: one of strawberry and another of cappuccino chocolate chip. Outside I unlock my bike, and roll away towards home. The rain starts again as I am halfway there. I slow the smooth movement of my wheels. This time the pitter-patter is not so heavy, more of a drizzle. Into the warm dry garage. The ice cream safely stored in the freezer, I head to my office and back to work. >> Ride on, rain or shine!

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Sue J Hewitt

FYI - How the National Bike Challenge helped one worksite become a very bike friendly place to work: http://pedalfortcollins.com/bfb-health_district/

EM Matteson

How fun and creative!

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Cindy Nelson

Have off today for the July 4th. Most people were off Friday, but my work place was closed today. A beautiful day! Called my Mom up early and said lets go for a ride. We wound up doing 25 miles. Just chatting and riding. It was great. Would not have traded this morning for the world! Way to go Carl! Happy to see you here.

EM Matteson

Wow, what a cool way to enjoy your day! You earned it!

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Brian Riordan

A red, white and blue heat map is all upto date! Let's turn the white to Blue/Red!

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Christine Salvatore

Hey, Jerry B! Turn about is fair play! https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/ChristineSalvatore The challenge is over, but they're still accepting donations! ;-D

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Bob Mancuso

Keep riding out there.... upcoming ride -- mark your calendar and plan to ride -- the Corporate Cycling Challenge in Omaha -- On Sunday August 16, 2015. Sign up with your company, club or as an individual..... 3 routes -- 10 mile, 25 mile, and 42 mile..... something for everyone---- See www.corporatecycling.com.

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Carl Drexler

Well I just hit Platinum. Anyway, I've been doing alright working as a Wash Cycle Laundry cyclist. Hauling laundry can get tiring, but at least it keeps me pumping out miles. Deliveries are getting me at least 9 miles a day, before adding in the ride to and from work. Here is a sample of a "leisure" sport ride on a weekend day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8AzJLLwYo There are more videos on the channel on youtube, and count on seeing road trip videos soon.

Christine Salvatore

Congratulations! Now head for DIAMOND!

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Jerelyn Ujazdowski

Does anyone know Kurt Searvogel from Little Rock, AR? He's averaging 200+ miles a day. How is this possible? That's 9-10 hours of riding a day. Maybe he bikes for a living? Lucky guy!

Greg Halter

He's going for a Guinness Book of World Records as I understand it.

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EM Matteson

Hi all, out this morning for a ride around town. Witnessed the aftermath of yesterday's fireworks. Plenty of piles of debris here and there around the neighborhood, some clean-up crews (neighbors) were at work with the brooms and trashcans. Rode past Holmes Lake and around the zoo, downtown past Memorial Stadium and then over to the southwest end of town then past Southpointe Mall and through the neighborhoods, along Highway 2, and back towards home. Several people out riding the trails or walking dogs. Two people in a raft were having photos taken in the creek by Antelope Parkway. Nice morning for a ride with temps starting the the 70s and climbing into the 80s. Winds were mainly from the SSE at 10-12 mph.

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Rob Gusky

Rode the new Fox Cities Marathon course today - a few hills, nice ride. Thanks Tim! https://www.strava.com/activities/339947329

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Mike Hutton

Got in a nice 100 miler with 5 friends. Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th.

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Robert Chance

How can I have 161 miles, but only 126 points? Doesn't make sense to me.

DUKE BISKUP

Points are for your 2 rides in July, not for the full week. Hope that makes sense. Ride on.

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EM Matteson

Hi all, journeyed over to Seward, Nebraska this morning for the 4th of July Firecracker ride! After helping register riders, we got blown out of town with some nice tailwinds. Great turnout for the ride with riders from teenagers on up. Rest stop at mile 11.5 and on to the town of Brainard for the turn around. Then it was into the wind for most of the return journey. Good thing this ride started early. When the town of Seward (population 6,964) says they are the 4th of July capital, they aren't kidding. People were everywhere when I got back from the ride at about 11:30 and tons more were streaming in as we drove out. There were booths set up everywhere, carnival rides, and a parade and air show were both on the agenda for the day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!! >> Ride on & ride safe everyone!

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Aala Pak Bench

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLRAbEyvyuU Not into hitting, breaking, smashing, cracking elements; neither am I an alchemist nor a jeweler, so I think I may just sidle up gently by the 78th and say hi. Happy 4th all!

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Richard Sleder

Greetings everyone, Yesterday evening I enjoyed a riveting ride along rolling hills in the bucolic countryside southwest of Madison. On the return to Madison from Ridgeway, I raced the resplendent setting sun riding notheast along Military Ridge. It was a lovely summer evening. One couple was enjoying a walk on the trail at sunset. I counted several other riders out, including one couple touring with a heavy load and probably stopping for the night at Blue Mounds State Park. Skies were clear and temperatures were in the 70s. The dark pink sun set over the lush green fields. Forget your troubles and your melancholy. Think clever thoughts without a purpose on a bicycle. Into the fog. To the distant meadow. To a meeting with the night and the moon.

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News from THE NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE

Last Day to log your June Rides

Make sure to log/sync your rides from this month by 11:59 PM central time tonight. It's your last chance before the June prize winners are announced!

National Bike Challenge Jersey

The official National Bike Challenge jersey is in! Order yours today on the PeopleForBikes store: http://store.peopleforbikes.org/collections/apparel/products/2015-national-bike-challenge-jersey

New Strava Competition

Record your rides through Strava and be eligible to win a Strava jersey every month: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/log-your-national-bike-challenge-miles-with-strava-and-win

100 days to go in the Challenge

Make the most of the next 100 days. Keep up the awesome work and help us reach that 35 million mile goal!

First Day of Summer

Take advantage of the longest day of the year by getting out for a ride on this summer solstice. Ride, record and celebrate all summer with the National Bike Challenge!

State Leaderboard

The State Leaderboard point system has been changed back to points per 1,000 residents. We apologize for the multiple changes, but we are working hard to make the system as fair as possible. We hope this will be our last major change to the Challenge this year. As always, thanks for all of your input and feedback!

June Prizes

The prizes have been updated for June. This month, we are giving away a Raleigh Circa 1 bike! New prizes were also added for the silver prize level.

Website Update: Change Ride Description

You now have the ability to change the type (Recreation/Transportation) of ride for already logged/synced miles. Click on the red Log Miles button on the homepage and select the pencil icon (next to the calendar icons). This will bring you to your Ride Log where you can change the ride type.

Congratulations to the May prize winners!

Check out the Prizes & Winners page to see if you won. The prize page will be updated soon!

Last day to log your miles for May

Make sure to log or sync all of your rides for the month of May by 11:59 PM central time tonight!

New Daily Record

In the past 24 hours, 465,000 miles were recorded—a new daily record! Keep up the awesome work and make sure you record all of your rides before the end of May.

Leaderboard Update

Due to multiple requests from participants, we made the decision to change the points system for all group categories (excluding Local Challenges) in the National Bike Challenge. The group points will now be the total number of points for all associated riders. The previous point system (points per 1,000 members) disproportionately favored groups with the least amount of members and created skewed leaderboard standings. At the end of the Challenge, we will be awarding the top group for each category based on the leaderboards. Although it will not be reflected on the leaderboards, we will also be awarding the top groups based on the previous point system of points per 1,000 members. We hope this new point system better reflects the participation of all groups in the Challenge.

Bike to Work Day

Happy Bike to Work Day! By the looks of the Rider Updates, a lot of you have taken the opportunity to celebrate by skipping the car and jumping on your bike to get to work. Keep sharing your stories!

75,000 participants

We've already reached our goal of 75,000 participants! This is such an amazing start to the Challenge—let's keep this momentum going! And make sure to keep an eye out for our new rider goal.

Bike to work week

Bike to work week starts next week! Does your office have any cool giveaways or fun competitions planned? Let us know: nationalbikechallenge@peopleforbikes.org

 

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