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MADISON WI

129,232 miles/28 days

1

MADISON, WI

129,232 miles/ 1843 riders

299,332.40

points/1000 residents

1

LINCOLN NE

LINCOLN, NE

98,560 miles/ 1762 riders

229,259.76

points/1000 residents

2

PITTSBURGH PA

PITTSBURGH, PA

68,116 miles/ 1309 riders

166,015.65

points/1000 residents

3

MILWAUKEE WI

MILWAUKEE, WI

69,661 miles/ 1343 riders

158,941.26

points/1000 residents

4

SAINT PAUL MN

SAINT PAUL, MN

66,653 miles/ 1008 riders

145,233.25

points/1000 residents

5

MINNEAPOLIS MN

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

64,066 miles/ 842 riders

131,505.86

points/1000 residents

6

OMAHA NE

OMAHA, NE

51,108 miles/ 1026 riders

104,127.71

points/1000 residents

7

CLEVELAND OH

CLEVELAND, OH

43,691 miles/ 848 riders

98,251.01

points/1000 residents

8

INDIANAPOLIS IN

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

42,216 miles/ 944 riders

91,896.00

points/1000 residents

9

WASHINGTON DC

WASHINGTON, DC

29,429 miles/ 607 riders

75,868.59

points/1000 residents

10
PHILADELPHIA PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA

31,629 miles/ 603 riders

71,188.61

points/1000 residents

11
ARLINGTON VA

ARLINGTON, VA

31,422 miles/ 292 riders

62,762.18

points/1000 residents

12
BOISE ID

BOISE, ID

29,989 miles/ 326 riders

59,649.23

points/1000 residents

13
CHARLOTTE NC

CHARLOTTE, NC

25,258 miles/ 320 riders

58,717.93

points/1000 residents

14
LAS VEGAS NV

LAS VEGAS, NV

33,498 miles/ 268 riders

58,357.90

points/1000 residents

15
CHICAGO IL

CHICAGO, IL

27,037 miles/ 478 riders

57,376.54

points/1000 residents

16
FORT WAYNE IN

FORT WAYNE, IN

30,664 miles/ 268 riders

56,964.04

points/1000 residents

17
ALBUQUERQUE NM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

27,574 miles/ 268 riders

53,574.04

points/1000 residents

18
DENVER CO

DENVER, CO

24,447 miles/ 701 riders

52,887.49

points/1000 residents

19
COLUMBUS OH

COLUMBUS, OH

24,278 miles/ 360 riders

52,458.37

points/1000 residents

20

community POINTS RANKING

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

    • MADISON, WI
    • 299,332.40
    • 1843 riders
    • 2

    • LINCOLN, NE
    • 229,259.76
    • 1762 riders
    • 3

    • PITTSBURGH, PA
    • 166,015.65
    • 1309 riders
    • 4

    • MILWAUKEE, WI
    • 158,941.26
    • 1343 riders
    • 5

    • SAINT PAUL, MN
    • 145,233.25
    • 1008 riders
    • 6

    • MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    • 131,505.86
    • 842 riders
    • 7

    • OMAHA, NE
    • 104,127.71
    • 1026 riders
    • 8

    • CLEVELAND, OH
    • 98,251.01
    • 848 riders
    • 9

    • INDIANAPOLIS, IN
    • 91,896.00
    • 944 riders
    • 10

    • WASHINGTON, DC
    • 75,868.59
    • 607 riders

NATIONAL RIDER UPDATES

jose ponce

cloudy morning in San Diego, great weather for the morning commute.

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Richard Sleder

Last night I enjoyed another night commute home along quiet streets and paths in Madison. Temperatures were in the low 60s. Skies were magnificently clear. A glowing crescent moon illuminated the dark and peaceful bicycle path as I rode south. Wonderful aesthetics. Stars sparkled brightly in the sky. I continue to enjoy reading all the interesting and real posts. Your posts continue to inspire me and have now for some tome. I agree with most that the NBC is a special 5-month celebration (even longer for some) of cycling and enjoying the ride. It is a gift to us and I appreciate all of our sponsors efforts to maintain the Challenge and also to include our feedback to continue to improve this special celebration. We keep getting better and have more fun with each passing year. Ride safely and enjoy the ride everyone.

EM Matteson

Here here!!

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Pam Dellea-Giltner

Cool morning finally for a short ride into work. Of course it has been threatening rain all week, but due to biking this morning... it can now rain. Well I won't melt and the plants need it. Bike Face On!

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Cindy Nelson

Look folks, the NBC is a something that was developed to encourage people of all abilities to get out and ride, to educate the benefits of exercise to the masses, and to make governments aware of the need for bicycling infrastructure in our communities. This is a free website to use, a fun forum to communicate with cyclists from all over the country (how cool is that?). Lets keep it real, lets keep it simple. If it gets to complicated, or it is made out to be too complicated, then it will no longer be free. Or it will just not exist at all. I for one along with some others have been participating the past several years with no problems and have really enjoyed this, not to mention looking forward to each May 1. So please, take your time, look around the site, ask questions but most of all-enjoy the ride!

Jeff Bequette

Amen!

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Cindy Nelson

What a day for a day dream.....wahoo! Beautiful morning ride to work today. (with a skirt on I might add) never tried that before....got creative to make it work. I thought about the earlier days when women wore full on dresses and high heel boots, on big bulky heavy bikes. Their desire to ride and to be able to ride outweighed any obstacles.

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Harold Phillips

First ride after a tendon injury felt good!!!

Cindy Nelson

Awesome! Hope your able to keep on rolling.

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Barry Kelliher

Did a late day ninetyonepercent ride (7pm)...and I definitely felt more pumped up than usual. I rode at a faster pace, and while I rode thru my single track section, I had the energy to stay up off the saddle a lot more than I usually do. I felt great from start to finish. I'm not to sure why i had so much more energy, and power...perhaps it was the fact that I was feeling great about being able to get a ride in before the end of the day (I was unable to ride during my usual morning time because I was not feeling well enough). Or maybe I just have more energy from eating throughout the day. Before my usual morning rides I only usually have had a cup of coffee, a yogurt, and water. On my morning rides I seem to start off slow, get quicker, and more energetic after the the third or fourth mile. The evening rides are exciting right away. I'm on fire from start to finish. Anyways...it's summer time in south west Florida, and riding in the evening is not recommended because usually this is the time of day when we have our daily severe thunderstorms...lots of lightning, and very heavy downpours...not a very "bike friendly" environment. So I guess I'll just have to wait for winter to switch to a scheduled late day ninetyonepercent rides.

Christine Salvatore

Would you explain what you mean by ninetyonepercent ride, please?

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Kristi Kiger

Are others having issues getting Strava to sync? I've logged out of everything and logged back in, and it still says 0 miles this week...

Meghan McCloskey

Hi Kristi, I'm seeing miles displayed on your calendar for this week. If you are still having issues with syncing, please email me at nationalbikechallenge@peopleforbikes.org. Thanks!

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Jerry Bengtson

This is why I love riding in the mountains. A nice climb up a 14% grade. And then a fun descent.

Jerry Bengtson

http://youtu.be/aKZGuy-yOYI

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Noel Keller

I agree with Dan Benshoff that the web sit is awful. When I tried to enter recreation & transportation miles for the same day, it screwed up the mileage and I have not been able to correct. Noel Keller twirlymaker@gmail.com or 714 292-0913

Meghan McCloskey

Hi Noel, I can help you clear this up. I see you emailed me directly, so I will help you there!

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Amy Wise

Woo Hoo! Just earned Gold status with a very wet ride last night with the guys. The last mile I started to hear rumblings of thunder. We cut that one close, but got a good fast ride in. I am excited because I pr'd on one of my strava segments and topped my own QOM. This was after I got dropped from the group for a mile or so and then caught back up at a rest stop. Now that's some fun riding there!

Jerry Bengtson

Congrats.

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

This is such fun. So human. Amazingly revelatory

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Dan Benshoff

Your website is awful. I have no idea what to do with it or how to use it. Can't even find any of my ride information. What is the point?

Tom McColl

They point is this is a free, fun motivational Challenge which provides a vehicle for people to get off there duffs and on their bikes. And it works. Enrollment this year has been fantastic, over 80,000 already. You can see your miles by clicking on any day in the calendar. In fact, I can see your rides, you're doing great. Happy cycling.

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Dan Benshoff

Your website is awful. I have no idea what to do with it or how to use it. Can't even find any of my ride information. What is the point?

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Lynne Kaska

Having trouble getting mileage in in Texas due to daily rainfall! I need sunshine!

Christine Salvatore

Stay safe, Lynne! And don't worry: the sun will return with a vengeance soon enough!

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News from THE NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE

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!

Clarification: Endomondo Sync Issues

To clarify the previous news update regarding Endomondo: we will not be removing Endomondo from the site. You may have to manually log some of your rides until Endomondo works out the issues. As always, you are welcome to send any questions to nationalbikechallenge@peopleforbikes.org and we will be happy to work out any problems you are experiencing!

Endomondo Sync Issues

Some participants are experiencing syncing issues with Endomondo that cannot be fixed by our web team. These issues are related to rides being logged correctly through the Endomondo site. We encourage you to consider using Strava as your primary app to avoid any of these issues now and in the future.

Happy National Small Business Week

Check out these four small businesses that are making it big in the Challenge: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/think-small-the-national-bike-challenge-and-small-business-week

The National Bike Challenge Starts Tomorrow

Get ready, Challengers! The National Bike Challenge kicks off tomorrow. The mileage will be reset to 0 for all participants and will start counting toward the Challenge period. Good luck to everyone, and happy riding!

Updated Marketing Tools

The Poster and Postcard have been updated for the start of the Challenge! We also made some additional changes to the Poster to make it easier for you to co-brand with your team name or logo.

Challenge Prizes

The prizes for the first month of the Challenge are up! We are one week away from the start date. Let the countdown begin!

Updated policy for pedal-assisted electric bicycles

Miles pedaled on a trainer, stationary bike, or throttle-assisted electric bicycle are not eligible to be logged in the National Bike Challenge. Miles traveled on a pedal-assisted electric bicycle (devices that provide assistance only when the bicyclist is pedaling) may be recorded in the National Bike Challenge. We recognize that pedal-assisted electric bicycles open the world of bicycling to people who may not be able to ride a traditional bicycle due to fitness, age, or disability. They can also provide a gateway to the use of traditional bicycles. These devices are consistent with the primary objective of the National Bike Challenge, which are to encourage bicycling and promote the health, economic, and environmental benefits that accompany the use of bicycles for recreation and transportation.

Shed the monster with the NBC

We hope the National Bike Challenge helps you shed your monster. Check out the video here: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/shed-the-monster

The National Bike Challenge: Why I Log

The National Bike Challenge coordinator tells us how the Challenge inspired her to ride more: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/the-national-bike-challenge-why-i-log

 

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