Filed under: Advocacy, Commuting, Events, How To, Outreach, Rides
The National Bike Challenge needs your miles. Commuting or even better, join your local peloton (your friends and neighbors who you love to ride with) and log some fun miles to the local park, trail ride or if you are me, my amazing local brewery.
The National Bike Challenge pits all the states in the US against each other in a challenge to ride the most collective miles. Last year Wisconsin was Third in the Nation! 4455 riders rode 2,616,314 miles (according to Endomondo). That number is hard to imagine. I logged 4814 miles last summer just riding around town (I didn’t do any big rides last year). I missed the Platinum level by 186 miles. Gonna have to do the Tour de Pearl a couple more times this year…bummer
So, how do you do it? Follow these directions:
-Go to the National Bike Challenge site click on this banner.
-Log in using Facebook or your Endomondo login or create a new account
(I had an Endomondo account from last year, so I used it)
-Once you log in, you get three banners. Click the middle one to log your miles.
You can log miles by syncing your Endomondo App on your smartphone or just typing them in on the above webpage clicking the LOG MILES + .
That’s it. go to the website, sign in, log miles.
If you don’t know how far you are riding, try using Google maps. You can set your start and stop point, change the transportation option to bicycle.
Quick logging tip: Use the same route for your regular trips, add manually for others.
Using routes makes logging easy so you don’t have to sign on everyday.
If you are joining the challenge late, backfilling is OK. Pick the days on the calendar and fill in your milage.
Looking forward to seeing you out there.
Michael Baker, President
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
I went for a ride today. There was an annual ride happening and I wanted to check it out. I left the house after putting on the appropriate clothing, stopped to put some bills in the mail and then chose my route to the ride. I arrived early enough to roll down to the local bar/restaurant for a bloody mary and get a banana from the gas station. The ride started on time with 9 of us rolling north into a nice north wind with mostly dry pavement under the tires. We arrived at the end of the road and stopped to chat and grab a picture to record the New Years ride. We rolled down hill with a tailwind most of the way back and each rider pealed off and headed for home as we reached their turns. The last 3 of us went down to two as I decided to stop at the home store to get a couple items for home. While I was wandering the isles a couple of friends called and we decided to meet at the Legion for a drink and food. After a couple Guinness, we headed in our home directions. I arrived home before dark with about 30 miles on the saddle.
Sounds like a typical ride, no big deal, do it all the time. Well, yeah. I do. And I enjoy it even though it was 5°F, I was riding my winter beater fixed-gear 26″ studded tire bike. This thing is no speed machine, but it does take the winter abuse pretty well. It’s geared low, but not that low. The routes to the ride were snow covered and of course half into a Midwest winter north wind. I stopped 3 times throughout the day and each time I had ice on my beard that took me a couple minutes to melt off with my hands. I was the last to arrive at the stopping point on the official ride (half mile behind the ‘peloton’). Normally, I would push the group with my summer fixed gear bike (geared high) and charge up hill with all the challenge it is to mash a big gear up hill, but it is cold out. Sanity rules out and slow is better as sweating makes you cold and the ride back would have been hypothermia for me. Sounds bad. It wasn’t. It was fun. Outside, bicycle, friends and a beer or two. Yeah, it was a good day.
Happy New Year fellow cyclists, get out and ride, any time, any weather. Riding is always good.
Day/Date: Sunday October 2, 2011
Location: Meet at River Trail Cycles
Holmen Square Mall, 500 Holmen Dr. Ste 502, Holmen, WI 54636
Get more information here.
This is an unsponsored, self-supported ride.
Are you looking for a fun social evening on your bicycle? We have just the event for you. Sign up to join a group, riding from spot to spot to get their fill of good food, conversation, and fun while travelling by bike. We will begin on September 15 at 4 Sisters at 5:00pm. We will enjoy appetizers and beverages. Next we will ride to Hackberry’s for our entree. Our last stop will be at Java Vino for dessert and coffee. Cost is $40.00.
4 Sisters (appetizer and beverage) 5:00 pm
Hackberry’s (entree and beverage) 6:45 pm
Java Vino (dessert and beverage) 8:40 pm
Alcoholic Beverages Not Included
Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Lanes, Bike Paths, Committees, Commuting, Education, Events, Issues, Outreach, Rides
DRBC is now listed on VolunteerMatch.org. This will give us more visibility to those searching for volunteer opportunities related to bicycling. Also, some companies have a “Dollars for Doers” program that gives employees the ability to have grant money donated to their favorite non-profit organization.