The 2013 National Bike Challenge, begins May 1, and continues through September 30. The event is sponsored by Kimberly Clark and organized by The League of American Bicyclists. The aim is for 50,000 riders to ride 20 million miles.
According to the National Bike Challenge video promotion, the goals of the challenge are to:
- Promote bicycling.
- Make the air cleaner by reducing automobile use.
- Help people get healthier through exercise.
- Enable people to have fun outdoors.
The event is free. The rules are few and simple. Riders must either live in the United States or work for an organization with US employees. Each rider must wear a helmet and practice bicycle safety.
The riders must enter their mileage ridden in a log. The log application is by Endomondo and mileage can be entered either on the website or on a smart phone application. Mileage can be entered daily or any other time sequence, but, as shown in the rules on the Challenge site, all mileage in one month must be entered by 11:59 p.m. of the last day of each month.
Prizes and awards are awarded through a point system. One challenge point is awarded for each mile ridden and 20 challenge points are awarded for each day that at least one mile is ridden.
Participants can be individuals, groups, businesses or clubs. More information about forming teams can be found on the website.
There is no time restriction to join. Registration can be before May 1, or during the event.