National Bike Challenge


Do you like a challenge? Or just want to show some support for and have some fun?

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) is running the National Bike Challenge through the end of September. And there is, as of today, a team!

The primary purpose is to get people out riding their bicycles everyday which is something I heartily support. Companies like 3M have noted significant increases in bicycling among their employees and corresponding improvement in health and weight.

In support of the just-get-out-and-ride element, you get 20 points for the first mile you ride each day and 1 point for each additional mile.

Now, I’m not big on logging miles or anything. I actually prefer not to. However, for this summer and just for the National Bike Challenge, I am. You can enter miles manually in to the Bike Challenge website or use one of three apps; Endomondo, MapMyRide, or Moves. I’m using Endomondo (when I remember to) and it seems to work pretty well. And it’s free (or cheap if you want more features). When you setup your app don’t forget to note if your default riding is for sport/fitness or transportation.

BTW, the challenge began on 1 May. If you want to you can manually enter your miles prior to when you sign up. If you already use one of the three apps above it should grab all of your prior miles automatically.

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5 Responses to National Bike Challenge

  1. Adam Miller
    Adam Miller May 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Doesn’t seem to grab my prior miles, unfortunately, but I’ll credit you for me riding tonight instead of going for a walk.

    • Walker Angell
      Walker May 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm #


  2. Walker Angell
    Walker May 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm # is currently 718 of 1097 teams nationally.

    Locally, 3M HR (my wife’s team) is 35, BikeMN is 37, MNDOT is 41 and is 66.

  3. Walker Angell
    Walker Angell June 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Jun 4 update: For June so far, BikeMN is 17th, fledgling is up to 54th (thanks Sam!) and MNDOT is 64th.


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