When is the Challenge and why so long?
- The “Challenge Period” begins May 1st (12:00 a.m. central time zone) and ends on September 30th (11:59 p.m. central time zone).
- The Challenge has a warm-up period until April 30th. This time is intended for users to become familiar with the website and the act of logging miles as well as for local advocacy organizations to set up their Advocacy Challenge. Points accrued during this time will not count in the official Challenge.
- The duration of the Challenge is 153 days. Some say too long, and others say too short. Depending on where you live, early May rides may be frosty, July rides with excessive heat indices, and late September idyllic. It turns out that there are ways to enjoy riding in most weather conditions. Doing something regularly for 5 months out of the year, turns it into a habit. Surveys tell us that Challenge participation increases the number of errands people do on their bikes. Many report that by the end of the Challenge, they have lot some weight and gained some fitness. And everyone had fun.