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MADISON WI

9,199 miles/3 days

1

MADISON, WI

9,199 miles/ 1953 riders

21,778.91

points

1

LINCOLN NE

LINCOLN, NE

7,371 miles/ 1918 riders

18,291.46

points

2

MILWAUKEE WI

MILWAUKEE, WI

5,937 miles/ 1446 riders

13,836.96

points

3

PITTSBURGH PA

PITTSBURGH, PA

4,478 miles/ 1418 riders

11,818.10

points

4

SAINT PAUL MN

SAINT PAUL, MN

4,819 miles/ 1149 riders

11,338.96

points

5

MINNEAPOLIS MN

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

5,188 miles/ 947 riders

11,308.27

points

6

OMAHA NE

OMAHA, NE

4,720 miles/ 1109 riders

10,259.81

points

7

INDIANAPOLIS IN

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

4,378 miles/ 1113 riders

9,337.81

points

8

DENVER CO

DENVER, CO

3,460 miles/ 801 riders

7,800.29

points

9

LAS VEGAS NV

LAS VEGAS, NV

4,221 miles/ 351 riders

7,701.34

points

10
CLEVELAND OH

CLEVELAND, OH

2,853 miles/ 929 riders

6,833.22

points

11
WASHINGTON DC

WASHINGTON, DC

2,816 miles/ 657 riders

6,575.63

points

12
PHILADELPHIA PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA

2,560 miles/ 658 riders

5,959.62

points

13
CHICAGO IL

CHICAGO, IL

2,480 miles/ 551 riders

5,679.95

points

14
COLORADO SPRINGS CO

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

2,518 miles/ 642 riders

5,637.86

points

15
FORT WAYNE IN

FORT WAYNE, IN

2,880 miles/ 296 riders

5,439.75

points

16
ARLINGTON VA

ARLINGTON, VA

2,501 miles/ 328 riders

5,400.97

points

17
PORTLAND OR

PORTLAND, OR

1,981 miles/ 437 riders

4,981.43

points

18
CHARLOTTE NC

CHARLOTTE, NC

1,894 miles/ 471 riders

4,933.73

points

19
SAN DIEGO CA

SAN DIEGO, CA

2,379 miles/ 354 riders

4,699.38

points

20

community POINTS RANKING

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

    • MADISON, WI
    • 21,778.91
    • 1953 riders
    • 2

    • LINCOLN, NE
    • 18,291.46
    • 1918 riders
    • 3

    • MILWAUKEE, WI
    • 13,836.96
    • 1446 riders
    • 4

    • PITTSBURGH, PA
    • 11,818.10
    • 1418 riders
    • 5

    • SAINT PAUL, MN
    • 11,338.96
    • 1149 riders
    • 6

    • MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    • 11,308.27
    • 947 riders
    • 7

    • OMAHA, NE
    • 10,259.81
    • 1109 riders
    • 8

    • INDIANAPOLIS, IN
    • 9,337.81
    • 1113 riders
    • 9

    • DENVER, CO
    • 7,800.29
    • 801 riders
    • 10

    • LAS VEGAS, NV
    • 7,701.34
    • 351 riders

NATIONAL RIDER UPDATES

Gregg Smith

When I posted my question yesterday, based on the diversity of the group on this site, I hoped for a variety of perspectives and ideas - and that's exactly what I got! Thanks to all that replied. So many great ideas that are practical and easy to do. The one consistent piece of wisdom that most everyone expressed - which in the end is the most important - was that if I enjoy the ride regardless of the pace, that's all that really matters. Just being out there and riding is enjoyable. That is an especially good reminder for me because 2 years ago it was discovered that I had 80 to 90% blockage in 2 arteries. I am blessed to be both still alive and able to ride as I do now. So any riding is great. Thanks for the reminder. Best wishes to you all.

Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin

Way to be proactive with your health by riding!!!!

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Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin

Noel brought up an interesting topic. What will our mileage total be at the end of September? My guess is 37,428,171. Place your guess below. You have until September 7th.

Scott Van Zyl

36,789,542

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Noel Cleland

At the current pace of miles ridden, looks like we are going to hit our 35,000,000 mile goal. Wow!!

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Mark Collette

I am presently at 355 miles for this challenge . I know that it ends at the end of this month but I'm challenging myself to reach a total of one thousand miles. Wish me luck !!

EM Matteson

Good luck Mark! Challenging yourself is what its all about!

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EM Matteson

Hi all, out for what was kind of a quiet ride today. Only a handful of others out this morning while the temps were in the 70s and the wind was still low. Fell into musing about the cracks on the old skinny piece of trail we are relegated to while the bridge over the troubled trail is still under repair. Began thinking about how the pattern resembled the cracks in a gingerbread cookie. But when I got to the street (instead of the sidewalk) portion of the perpetual detour, I was blasted out of my musings by the horn of an annoying passing motorist. Endless noise for a block or so. So much for a quiet week in Lake Whatchamacallit. >>Kudos to everyone who is making their goals of silver, butterscotch, and platinum, etc. >> @Gregg S, you already got the best advice: enjoy the ride, it will be fun by the simple fact that you are riding a bicycle. But if you want to slow down on purpose, I would suggest riding a bike with fatter tires and trying some gravel. If you can't find any where you live, there are plenty of gravel roads and trails here in Nebraska. >> Ride on everyone & ride safe!

Alan Earhart

Wait. There's a butterscotch level? What/who do I need to invoke to access this secret level?

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Tanya Davey

Need to go to sleep, the commute starts early! 41 miles per day calling my Trek!

Rod Smith

Love you Tanya Davey!

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Carl Fisher, Jr

I would like to see vertical feet ridden calculated into the points total along with days and miles. Does anyone agree?

Jeff Logue

Fully Agree, I was killing it when I went OH for all of July now that I am backhome in NV all the hills and heat make it much harder

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Aala Pak Bench

Another way to slow down: http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#383617845 .......and Riordan said it couldn't be done.

Aala Pak Bench

Maybe not without cutting and pasting. Activity #383617845

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Mark Collette

Got my gold!!

Cindy Nelson

Go Mark!

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Scott Ussery

Hurray for the Lincoln, Nebraska riders for snagging a few August prizes!! Ride strong on the windy afternoon.

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

I have updated the photo for NBC to show me in a bakery doorway in Netherlands. One, Nico our guide, got that touring is made better by pastry he willingly found interesting bakeries to delight. I converted some of our group into pastry seeking peddlers. Nico is in the orange shirt. I'm blocking the door.

Aala Pak Bench

Why is six afraid of seven? I'm not sure, but now the whole alphabet's scared of U.

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Greg Nawrocki

Well, my ride home today will be the last on my old bike as its replacement has arrived today thanks to the UPS truck. I got 2 1/2 years out of crappy box store bike, and now that it's got too many things starting to fail, I'm moving on to something slightly better. Of course, I should've known the end was near when I put some brand new Gatorskin tires on the thing a few weeks ago. At least both bikes are 700c road bikes so I'll have a set of spares

Mike Golembiewski

Christmas in September!!!! Enjoy safely!

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Aala Pak Bench

I was anxiously anticipating another session of chardonnay, water biscuits, and brie, but apparently the Linguistics Department seminar has been moved. Besides, its Butteredsconesday. Thanks Meghan.

Mike Golembiewski

Bourbon, pretzels and Vermont cheddar when I get home. None of that fancy, schmancy stuff you get ;-) Of course, I'll have to share with the wieners, too.

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D Dudek

Many components swirl into your riding mix. I love the 5 or 6 am sunrise ride into the countryside, with the sounds of nature clear, as the wisps of scent from flora and fauna drift on the clear air. It is fun to make sounds for the horses, cows and others, watch their reactions and have some come dancing with you along the fence line. Then the calls of claim from the birds let you look for their location. These help reduce need for speed while enjoying the pace. In town I pull a trailer for added resistance plus receptacle for litter and recyclables (plus other items of acquirement). "Leave your path cleaner as you pass. It will help others learn the same".

Cindy Nelson

Nice....!

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Gregg Smith

Hi all. This is my first post here, but I read the posts regularly and share the joy of your accomplishments and commiserate with your hurts, trials, and setbacks. I love cycling and do a little bit of competitive cycling, but mostly I just enjoy it for the same reasons many of you have described. So here is my dilemma – now that my competitive cycling events are done for the year, almost every time I go out for a ride I tell myself that I’m just going to do an easy leisurely ride but I end up riding faster than a leisurely pace. So then I think – am I missing something by riding faster than I intended? Am I not taking time the time to just enjoy the ride? When I finish the ride I have enjoyed it, but would I have enjoyed it more if I had ridden slower? Maybe I’m just thinking too much? Is the fact that I’m wondering if I’m thinking too much an indication that I’m thinking too much? I can’t think of a better group of people to help me sort this out than all of you! Looking forward to your words of wisdom.

Mike Golembiewski

I'll bite. First of all, Welcome, and Thanks for posting. "Am I not taking time to just enjoy the ride?" If you're traveling at a pace that you're comfortable with, and you still do it with a smile, then you're taking the right amount of time to enjoy your ride. It's what you're used to. On the other hand, going slower may take some getting used to--if that is truly what you want to do--and may even be unenjoyable (is that a word?) the first few times. But, you start focusing on other things: sights, smells, sounds, landscapes, and other things outside of your 'bike bubble'. It comes after a while. Either way, you're on a bike. You're enjoying the ride. That's all that matters. Stay safe, bro!

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News from THE NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE

Diamond Prize Announcement

We are excited to announce the Diamond Prize is a Sea Otter Classic giveaway! The package includes airfare, lodging, and Sea Otter passes for the winner of the prize and a guest, plus one entry into a Sea Otter event. More details will come soon!

Congratulations

Congrats to the August prize winners! The monthly prizes will be updated by the end of the day--and look out for the Platinum and Diamond prize announcements!

Log your August miles today

We've made it to 30 million miles just in time for the last month of the Challenge. Log all of your August miles by the end of today to help us make our 35 million mile goal!

Log your miles on these mountain bike trails

Take advantage of these last few summer (and Challenge) weeks and get out on one of these mountain bike trails: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/get-the-most-out-of-your-national-bike-challenge-rides

Endomondo Update

Endomondo syncing should be working fine now. If you are still having trouble, please click the "sync now" option next to Endomondo in your profile. This should trigger your Endo profile to "resubscribe" to the NBC.

Endomondo sync issues

The Endomondo sync issues will be looked into on Monday. In the meantime, please continue to manually log any miles that are not updating. Enjoy your weekend rides!

Volkswagen Pit Stop Package

We awarded Kurt Searvogel for leading the Challenge at the halfway point. As of July 17, he logged a total of 17,253 miles on his bike--and he's still going strong. Keep up the amazing work, Kurt! http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/volkswagen-pit-stop-package-awarded-to-leading-national-bike-challenge-ride

Mileage Total

Hi everyone! We've seen an awesome participation boost in the past couple of weeks and are so pumped to see how many miles you are logging. If you did happen to have miles doubled, or if you are having trouble manually logging miles, please contact me at nbc@peopleforbikes.org and I will help you work out the kinks. Happy riding!

90,000 Riders

Such an awesome start to August! Do you think we can make it to 100,000 riders by September 30?

Prizes

Happy August! Congratulations to the July prize winners and stay tuned for the updated prizes next week. Have a great weekend and happy riding!

update

Hi everyone! The issues with logging in/syncing have been worked out. Thanks so much for logging all of your miles and helping us get closer to 35 million! We appreciate your patience while sorting out these technical difficulties. Feel free to email nbc@peopleforbikes.org if you continue to see issues.

Logging in/logging miles

We apologize for the technical difficulties the site is experiencing. We are working to get them fixed as soon as possible. I will post an update when everything is working smoothly!

Challenge Halfway Point

We made it to the halfway point: 76.5 days down and 76.5 days to go! Plenty of time to log your rides and make it to the next prize level.

June Strava Jersey Winner

Congratulations to our first winner of the Strava jersey: Dale Lebar! Keep logging your miles with Strava for a chance to win the jersey at the end of the month.

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!

 

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