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IN 5 MONTHS, WE UNITED 47,000 PEOPLE TO RIDE 23 MILLION MILES.

TOGETHER WE’VE RIDDEN…

23,481,290 MILES

49 round-trips to the moon

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15,000,000 (HALF WAY)

30,000,000

790,512,919 calories burned

$3,729,058 dollars saved

6,138,095 pounds co2 saved

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12 minutes ago

Joe
Wiederhold

976 miles

77 days

2,516

points

20 minutes ago

Jim
Paige

3,572 miles

104 days

5,652

points

27 minutes ago

Jerry
McCauley

1,875 miles

91 days

3,695

points

35 minutes ago

John
Boughton

5,695 miles

152 days

8,735

points

38 minutes ago

Joel
Reese

3,620 miles

153 days

6,680

points

46 minutes ago

Mary
Dettman

508 miles

43 days

1,368

points

49 minutes ago

David
Colon

1,601 miles

95 days

3,501

points

53 minutes ago

EM
Matteson

3,389 miles

121 days

5,809

points

1 hour ago

Carol
Tumey

3,908 miles

137 days

6,648

points

1 hour ago

Marcia
Skinner

3,435 miles

138 days

6,195

points

1 hour ago

Jan
Bennett

2,551 miles

94 days

4,431

points

1 hour ago

Ryan
Weaver

2,013 miles

80 days

3,613

points

1 hour ago

Trent
Huckstep

1,689 miles

97 days

3,629

points

1 hour ago

Rod
Jacobs

2,406 miles

134 days

5,086

points

1 hour ago

Joe
Sacco

2,552 miles

153 days

5,612

points

1 hour ago

Paul
Perry

3,439 miles

134 days

6,119

points

1 hour ago

John
Zugelder

457 miles

104 days

2,537

points

1 hour ago

Larry
Hall

4,544 miles

124 days

7,024

points

1 hour ago

Renee
Carter

5,616 miles

153 days

8,676

points

1 hour ago

Marius
Moe

1,057 miles

41 days

1,877

points

1 hour ago

Rick
Jones

4,167 miles

83 days

5,827

points

1 hour ago

Benjamin
Neubauer

2,658 miles

114 days

4,938

points

1 hour ago

Bill
Woodard

2,736 miles

70 days

4,136

points

1 hour ago

Robert
Huncosky

1,563 miles

105 days

3,663

points

1 hour ago

Randy R.
Reed

5,945 miles

137 days

8,685

points

2 hours ago

Susan
Neill-Eastwood

639 miles

63 days

1,899

points

2 hours ago

Kristen
Ashbeck

1,256 miles

98 days

3,216

points

2 hours ago

Paula
Berry

1,346 miles

119 days

3,726

points

2 hours ago

Joe
Czubernat

1,336 miles

77 days

2,876

points

2 hours ago

Dean
Hicks

4,582 miles

123 days

7,042

points

2 hours ago

Leonardo
Peretti

2,209 miles

67 days

3,549

points

2 hours ago

Liam
O'Dea

2,691 miles

86 days

4,411

points

2 hours ago

Georges
Berenger

235 miles

65 days

1,535

points

2 hours ago

William
Perkins

1,022 miles

121 days

3,442

points

2 hours ago

Norman
Moore

3,931 miles

115 days

6,231

points

2 hours ago

Bryan
Fosler

2,608 miles

113 days

4,868

points

2 hours ago

Michelle
Saint-Germain

1,505 miles

48 days

2,465

points

2 hours ago

Sarah
Pearman

4,073 miles

150 days

7,073

points

2 hours ago

Sue J
Hewitt

2,182 miles

128 days

4,742

points

News from THE NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE

Happy 2015 from the national bike challenge

We wish all of you a happy and healthy 2015. Only four more months until we officially begin the 2015 Challenge on May 1. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer.

Wisconsin Celebrates 2014 Challenge Victory by presenting award to State DOT Sec. Gottlieb

The National Bike Challenge is a great tool to demonstrate the benefits of biking and encourage decision makers at the local, state and national levels. http://wisconsinbikefed.org/2014/12/22/bike-challenge-award-presented-to-dot-sec-gottlieb/

The National Bike Challenge helps companies, large and small!

http://www.hdrinc.com/about-hdr/news-and-events/news-releases/2014-10-10-hdr-earns-first-place-for-large-workplaces-in-nat

The National Bike Challenge is a Catalyst for Change

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2014/11/03/one-workplace-made-strides-bicycle-friendly/18429557/

Loveland man meets success in National Bike Challenge

Fun story about fellow NBC rider from Colorado http://www.reporterherald.com/lifestyles/recreation/ci_26824677/loveland-man-meets-success-national-bike-challenge

Post-Challenge miles

The National Bike Challenge website will continue to collect miles and perform as it did throughout the five months of the event. You can still plug into your national and local community of cyclists and track your miles on the site. We're out of prizes but the personal motivation continues!

congratulations!

We did it! Together we pedaled over 23 million miles and involved 47,000 people on bikes! Congratulations to all of you for a spectacular 2014 National Bike Challenge. Click here to read the wrap-up and see the award winners: http://bikeleague.org/content/challenge-470000-riders-23m-miles

Last day to log your September miles for prizes

Get your miles logged to be eligible for September prizes. Your last chance is tomorrow at Midnight Central Time.

First Day of Autumn is tomorrrow

How many miles will you be logging?

Endomondo Sync

Sorry that some of you continue to have problems syncing with Endomondo. Please join the conversation in GetSatisfaction if you would like more information. We are working to resolve the issue and I encourage you to log miles manually until it is resolved. https://getsatisfaction.com/nationalbikechallenge

20 million!

We did it! We've hit 20 million miles! How long till we hit 30?!

Platinum/Diamond Level Prize for September

We're ending the Challenge with a bang. This month we'll be selecting one Platinum/Diamond rider to win a 4 Day North American Ride Camp Trip from Trek Travel. Don't be left out of the drawing! Ride and Log!

August Prize Winners are Posted

Check to see if you are one of the 163 randomly selected August Prize winners here: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/prizes We'll be contacting you this week if you are!

September - a great month for riding!

It is the first of September and we have already ridden more miles in the first four months of the 2014 Challenge than we did during the entire 2013 Challenge. Get out and enjoy the weather in your area and take time to make the most of the 30 days of September. Challenge yourself to finish strong!

Riding to a healthy heart

"To make a long story short, they found 80% to 90% blockage in two main arteries in my heart (one of which is called the “widow maker”) and I ended up getting 5 stents implanted in those arteries to open them up. Now I am completely healed and can ride and race as hard as I want to, and loving every minute of it. I recently completed a 20k time trial in the fastest time I have ever achieved. Since the symptoms I was having only occurred when I was riding my bike at something more than a casual pace, I believe if I had not been riding my bike and training for races, my symptoms would have gone undetected and the condition would have worsened to the point that I would have had a heart attack. So I credit my riding and training for possibly saving my life." Amazing story from Gregg: http://bit.ly/VTqtRC

 

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NATIONAL RIDER UPDATES

Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin

@EM - Check out that website again. To get all of the sites you have to click on the + sign just to the right of the Thermometer in the Key on the left, to turn that layer on. You have a full site (temp, wind speed/direction) near 40th and Pine Lake Rd, Plus, the black dots with the circles around them list the temp. The black dots without the circles might only give temperature readings periodically? (I'm only guessing on that last one. Maybe MG can elucidate further after he has his fun for the day.)

Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin

@MG - Thanks for the weather service link! Have a good ride home.

EM Matteson

PS, checked that weather site. Turns out that for Lincoln, we're just getting info. from the airport. But its still cool!

EM Matteson

Hi all, a sunshiny ride this afternoon. Temps in the lower 30s and S wind at 14mph. Roads and fat sidewalk trail. No other riders spotted. >>> . . . Tell the teacher we're riding, riding USA....

Aala Pak Bench

@M.G., You said butt!!......I say we'll all be planning our route/we're gonna take real soon...(We're lubing our chains)...We can't wait til June!

Mark Brock

Ditto EM's Post...

EM Matteson

GO MICHAEL!

Michael Golembiewski

Ole' Man Winter and Mother Nature having one heck of a lovers quarrel this morning. So far, it looks like OMW is winning out; it's been snowing like crazy since before sunrise, and temps have plummeted at least 15 degrees. We've had a bunch of little nuisance storms, one after another, all winter; this one's gonna have the largest accumulations of the season. Looking at at least 6 inches by the time I leave work later this afternoon. The comments from my coworkers this morning were, well, typical. "You're nuts", "you're crazy", "you're whacked", ad infinitem. Buuut, you didn't hear me beefing about road conditions like they were! HA!!!

Mark Brock

@EM...Thanks for the encouragement and the info. @MG tried your link. Two sensors in the area one is at 896 ft shows 54° which is across from my in laws on Saddle Mountain. The other is 531 ft south and below Saddle Mountain on Old Creek Rd. That one shows 37° for same time frame. I also think that part of my sensory issue is that the top part of the trail is literally going from a neighborhood to a valley between mountains that is truly back country. I think that and wind is why it is so much colder. As for Sun vs. Shade..at that time of the morning there is no sun until I get into town.

Michael Golembiewski

Mark, I use two different sources. One is an old glass thermometer that in a former life was used in darkroom chemicals (so I KNOW it's accurate). The second source is this http://preview.weather.gov/edd/ There are a lot of temperature sensors used by the NWS that aren't shown on TV but are also not at the airport. The closer you zoom, the more sensors pop-up. Play with it, but be patient as there's a lot of data that loads every time you scroll.

EM Matteson

@Mark, BTW, kudos on the mileage, its an achievement and you should always be competing against yourself to do your personal best above all other competition. Its a double bonus if you make it to the top in local/regional/national competition. KUDOS!

EM Matteson

@Mark, I agree that the weather report and the conditions on the ground can be very different. I use the thermometer on the Garmin and unfortunately, it starts from the indoor temperature and takes a few minutes to get to the actual outdoor temperature. I used to put my bike & Garmin in the back yard and turn it on for a few minutes to get it closer to the outdoor temperature. But even then, the temp could be off because the sun shines directly down on the Garmin, you are in the shade, the road surface is hotter than the air temp. etc. But generally you are right about getting an outdoor thermometer. Just be aware that it makes a difference if its in the shade or the sun. Also, local temps are usually measured at the local airport and sometimes the temps there are colder or warmer than they are where you live. So yeah, I think the thermometer is a great investment. Good luck!

Mark Brock

OK may need to get an outdoor thermometer as I can't seem to trust the Weather Channel App. It says it was a balmy 47 this morning. The chill on my bare legs & face will emphatically tell you it was more like the frosty 34 that MSN weather indicated. Half mile down the trail and I could tell something wasn't right. I squeezed the front tire very easily. Probably had 10 pounds of air or less. So stop, break out the adapter and the hand pump and hard it up to a hard 40 pounds pretty quick. Otherwise a beautiful but chilly day in the mountains. Here at the beach it is mid 50's with an anticipate high in the 70's. Stoked to have ridden over 600 miles already this year currently in the top 10 in CA and top 100 in US but I am sure many people still need to enter miles and many are stuck in $@#!. AALA would probably say , "California Dreamin' on such a winters day". Ride safe and be warm all.

Aala Pak Bench

@Mark B., speaking of white seats--full moon tonight/tomorrow; anyone up for a ride? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDqPClQoFz4

Aala Pak Bench

Or Portlandia? http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/matt-groening-blasts-fred-armisens-bootleg-simpsons-shirt-on-portlandia-20150212

 

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