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APPLETON WI

102,056 miles/30 days

1

APPLETON, WI

102,056 miles/ 1545 riders

226,536.39

points

1

FORT COLLINS CO

FORT COLLINS, CO

51,563 miles/ 877 riders

123,442.68

points

2

GAINESVILLE FL

GAINESVILLE, FL

56,826 miles/ 457 riders

102,226.20

points

3

OSHKOSH WI

OSHKOSH, WI

29,872 miles/ 687 riders

68,531.74

points

4

SANTA BARBARA CA

SANTA BARBARA, CA

22,923 miles/ 419 riders

49,842.59

points

5

PUEBLO CO

PUEBLO, CO

22,206 miles/ 316 riders

48,626.19

points

6

BOULDER CO

BOULDER, CO

20,063 miles/ 248 riders

39,063.25

points

7

CHICO CA

CHICO, CA

16,621 miles/ 412 riders

36,760.87

points

8

TOPEKA KS

TOPEKA, KS

19,063 miles/ 112 riders

33,902.66

points

9

GREEN BAY WI

GREEN BAY, WI

16,652 miles/ 255 riders

33,471.52

points

10
FRISCO TX

FRISCO, TX

20,018 miles/ 158 riders

32,738.20

points

11
SIOUX FALLS SD

SIOUX FALLS, SD

16,579 miles/ 227 riders

32,438.72

points

12
BLOOMINGTON IL

BLOOMINGTON, IL

16,368 miles/ 182 riders

30,967.54

points

13
REDDING CA

REDDING, CA

15,539 miles/ 536 riders

29,218.57

points

14
LOGAN UT

LOGAN, UT

10,920 miles/ 273 riders

28,919.89

points

15
NORMAL IL

NORMAL, IL

13,682 miles/ 134 riders

26,422.31

points

16
KOKOMO IN

KOKOMO, IN

12,184 miles/ 227 riders

25,884.34

points

17
STATE COLLEGE PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA

12,770 miles/ 102 riders

23,190.13

points

18
EAU CLAIRE WI

EAU CLAIRE, WI

9,689 miles/ 148 riders

22,868.82

points

19
CEDAR RAPIDS IA

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

11,021 miles/ 206 riders

22,361.46

points

20

community POINTS RANKING

    • RANK
    • locale TYPE
    • Points
    • rider count
    • 1

    • APPLETON, WI
    • 226,536.39
    • 1545 riders
    • 2

    • FORT COLLINS, CO
    • 123,442.68
    • 877 riders
    • 3

    • GAINESVILLE, FL
    • 102,226.20
    • 457 riders
    • 4

    • OSHKOSH, WI
    • 68,531.74
    • 687 riders
    • 5

    • SANTA BARBARA, CA
    • 49,842.59
    • 419 riders
    • 6

    • PUEBLO, CO
    • 48,626.19
    • 316 riders
    • 7

    • BOULDER, CO
    • 39,063.25
    • 248 riders
    • 8

    • CHICO, CA
    • 36,760.87
    • 412 riders
    • 9

    • TOPEKA, KS
    • 33,902.66
    • 112 riders
    • 10

    • GREEN BAY, WI
    • 33,471.52
    • 255 riders

NATIONAL RIDER UPDATES

Michael Ratcliffe

Rode my first century of the season on Sunday. Stopped at the City Dock in Annapolis, MD during my ride to watch one of the Race Across America racers cross the finish line.

Mitchell Small

Congrats on your Century!

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Matthew H.

Rode two times this weekend both for more than 30 miles so I rode a metric century spread over two days. felt good to be out and riding. Rode in to work this morning and it was 58F much cooler than the 70+F it has been

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Cindy Nelson

Today again, life gets in the way of not allowing me to use my bike for transportation, my car really likes me now. Check this out! Hope I posted this right. But this is so cool! https://www.yahoo.com/autos/s/ford-e-bike-gives-city-commuters-reason-cheer-200032428.html

Aala Pak Bench

With EM out backpacking with her son (BRAN w/ her daughter, hiking with her son; how'd you kids luck into having the cool mom?) I guess it falls to me to point out that Ford has come full circle. As many historians of cycling have pointed out bicycles literally paved the way for cars. This from a personal favorite, Robert Hurst in "The Art of Cycling": "...With this goal in mind, Tom Cooper, a national champion track sprinter who had already made a mountain of cash from bicycle racing, teamed up with a still-struggling Henry Ford to build two overpowered race vehicles in 1902. The Ford-Cooper racers had cylinders as wide as saucers and sounded like a war....Instead of steering wheels, there were handlebars. Cooper intended to drive one of the cars himself; as for the other, Cooper recruited a tough bike-racing friend named Barney Oldfield to drive that one, because, its been said Ford was too timid, or too smart to pilot the beast."

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Darrell Kennard

I have spent 7 days cycling in the French alps with 4 friends covering almost 300 miles and over 35,000ft of climbing. We tackled some of the iconic Tour de France mountains like Alpe d'Huez, Mount Ventoux, Col du Galibier, Col du Clandon, Croix de Fer, and the Col de Sarenne. Wow what a week. Take a look at our small blog on our website for route details etc... http://www.teambeer.co.uk/

J Hugh wants NL, BE, AU and NZ pastry Strickland

article de voyage

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J Hugh wants NL, BE, AU and NZ pastry Strickland

As of this morning 25924 riders have logged at least one day. Actual numbers seem a lot lower than the hype, er claims. Congratulations to all 25924 who have gotten off the couch at least once.

Scott Van Zyl

I just think there needs to be a better way to deal with removing riders from previous years, instead of assuming they will be participating again this year. Surely there is a way to send an email out prior to the challenge to verify everyone's status prior to the challenge beginning. No response would mean assuming the person wasn't participating.

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Russell Clubine

Rode the MSU Gran Fondo Saturday the 27th in Grand Rapids, MI with 1999 other riders. Great event and well organized. Sponsored by College of Human Medicine as fundraiser for skin cancer research. Many fine sponsors. Held together with Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium adjacent to it. Lots of fun. First time seeing criterium racing.

Aala Pak Bench

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI2fRPmEZ6A

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Greg Nawrocki

Another wet ride in to work today! I think it has rained, on average, 3 days every week since the snows melted. I really wish there was a way to send some of this to California. If this keeps up I'll have to replace my chain and derailleurs

J Hugh wants NL, BE, AU and NZ pastry Strickland

When I visited England I learned that using chain lubes designed for mostly wet rides extends the life of the chain. Also wiping it down and doing the lubing at the end of a ride was suggested.

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Rob Gusky

Where's Aala?

Mike Golembiewski

He seems to have dropped outta sight for the last two weeks or so. Hope he's OK.

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Robert Chance

For the last week and a half I've been plagued with flats. Only twice did I find the source of those flats. Inside of tire feels clean. My tubes are beginning to look like they have mumps they have so many patches on them.

Israel Akpadiaha

Do you ride a road bike? If so, try the puncture-resistant tires. They're available at any bike shop. Cost about $80 or so. I've had them on my bike for over 3 yrs now. Never had a flat. I'm always giving my spare tube to some unfortunate random person on the road who got a flat ... or two ... or three.

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Michelle Turner

Portland's World Naked Bike Ride was awesome!! Somewhere around 10,000 Naked bike riders!!WhoooWhoo!!

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J Hugh wants NL, BE, AU and NZ pastry Strickland

Nice ride today. Low traffic on roads and good number of riders on East Central Florida Regional Trail. 77 at start 92 at finish. Humidity in the 90+% the whole time. Summer riding in Florida requires an early start. Ride Captain Ride

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Jerry Bengtson

The MS150 riders got tricked them into making the turn to Carter Lake today which was not on their route. When a group of bicyclists made the turn to Carter Lake today, several MS150 riders followed the them. And other MS150 riders seeing other MS150 riders make the turn followed them. The organizers had to send a Sag wagon down the road to turn them back. Some of them made it several miles toward the lake. I turned back some riders. But some did not believe me that they were on the wrong route until the Sag wagon turned them back.

J Hugh wants NL, BE, AU and NZ pastry Strickland

Ive had a similar experience trying to tell people I was not in their ride. I said don't follow me. They did. After an hour I stopped and said you have now added 25 miles to your route to get back to your finish. They finally believed me since they were out of water and could not find the painted route markers. I gave them directions to a convenience store and how to short cut back to the route. Ive never understood why they wanted to follow me and not believe me. ODD!

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Michelle Turner

Hahahahahahahahaha!!! I manically screamed as I was heading into a 10 miler wind against me... My noggin was feeling a little cool in the mugginess, and I realized I hadn't secured my lid... I was doing really, really good and didn't want to stop, so I took my chances and let go and secured myself and never lost stride!!! Hahahahahahah!!!!

Tammie Porter

Wind can be a challenge or just plain fun. Friday I choose to make it fun. We had a storm front move in with 25 to 43mph winds. I was lucky to stay upright at times and maintain 6mph in climbing gear on flats! I am used to constant 10 to 15mph winds here so am conditioned for a lot of wind but this was a new level!

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Richard Sleder

The Saturday morning town miles were wonderful this morning in Madison. Temperatures were in the 70s and skies were mostly sunny as I rolled down the drive on the way to the bank on my cruiser with message bag in tow. Before I left I had watered the cucumbers with rain water in the patch behind the ornamental grass to begin my commune with nature for the day. Lilies and fresh wild raspberries are now blooming in the garden. The bike path was bustling with various pedestrians and cyclists this morning as I road toward the center of town. I was happy to see a number of couples on tandem bicycles as well as a number of sport cyclists riding out to the trails and country roads. One fine upstanding utilitarian gentleman cyclist was hauling a tree on the back of his cargo bike. I rode through the bank drive-thru and filled out the withdrawal receipt on the stand next to the teller speaker. The teller greeted me with a cheerful good morning. I looped back home through Brittingham Park, Wingra Creek and the Arboretum. There were several riders in the Arboretum. The church bells woke up the fields. The sleepy land smiled at the sun.

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Donna Peer

How does one bicycle 200 miles a day? Even driving that much is a lot. No work for this dude. Just saying.

Crystal Day

Hi Donna!! http://road.cc/content/news/139788-american-ultramarathon-cyclist-kurt-searvogel-tackle-year-record

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New Strava Competition

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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

Happy Bike to School Day

We love any excuse to get out and ride. We are off to an awesome start to the Challenge--keep up the great work!

 

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