The National Bike Challenge provides a unique opportunity to participate with the bicycling community. Getting started is easier than you think. Anyone can get their company started in the National Bike Challenge. No sign off from HR are needed, and there are no fees required. Just a couple of folks who like to ride can sign up their company-large or small.
A little planning is suggested before you dive right in. If you are a small company, with one location, create a Workplace/Company Club, and invite your buddies to join the club.
If you are a large company that wants to have some internal competitions, then you want to plan this out. First you need a Workplace/Company Club to collect all your riders. Then decide if you want to have internal competitions between brands, businesses, staff groups, and/or locations. You could set up multiple internal competitions, but for 2017, pick one and do it right. If you are going to do locations, then you need a workplace/Company Club for each location also. Pick a naming convention, and stick to it. I suggest the all company club be named "ABC_Company" and locations be named "ABC_Company_Location". More information.
If you are a large company, try to figure out if someone has already started this process. If you are not sure, please send an email to support at email@example.com. Once you are started, you want to start recruiting. It is important to regularly check who has signed up for your company. There are many ways for them to make mistakes, for example signing up for the Challenge, but not your workplace club. Check each person to make sure they are registered the way you want them and they know how to log rides. It can be a big workload at first, but each person, you getting signed up and going, becomes another recruiter and trainer for you.
Do your executives ride? Ask their assistants, and then recruit them. Hold their hands if necessary, but once they are on board, they will be your best recruiter.
Interns, contingent employees, retirees and family members can also participate on workplace team.
Start recruiting early. While the Challenge begins officially May 1st, use the time before as a warmup period. People can figure out logging, get their bikes tuned up, and recruit.
When you recruit for the National Bike Challenge, people immediately assume it is only for racers, or commuters. Explain the scoring system, and that every ride from every riders helps.
Watch the reporting through out the Challenge. Check on folks not logging, remind everyone, and keep recruiting. About halfway through the Challenge you will start getting notes from folks telling you how they have ridden 5 days/week-more than they ever have, they lost weight, and feel great! Be sure to share these with the execs.
Step by step Instructions:
- Register for the Challenge at https://nationalbikechallenge.org. you don't a personal Strava account already, you will create one in this step. In order to be visible in the NBC, and least one ride must be logged, so manually log a 1 mile ride.
- Go back into Strava and create a "Club" of the type "company/workplace". An "invite only" club creates lots of extra work. By Default, you are the owner. You can add two more riders as administrators(suggested).
- Go back into the NBC site and import the new "club" into the Challenge. This is done by clicking their name in the upper right corner of the screen, highlighting "Settings" in the drop down menu. Select "Groups" from the list on the left side of the page. Their newly created "club" should be in the list "GROUPS AVAILABLE FOR IMPORT". Import the newly created club and select workplace/company as the group type.
- Begin recruiting riders. Also on your "Settings" page is a "Referral" field. Give the URL to assist riders to register. Once they have registered and created their personal Strava account, have them join the The workplace club you have created.. In Strava, they highlight "Explore" on the top menu bar and select "Clubs" from the drop down menu. Give them the "club" to search for, and they should be able to join. You can also give them the URL for your club.