When the National Bike Challenge was launched in 2012, Endomondo was the single logging platform available. In 2013, in an attempt to make the Challenge more accessible to more people, additional logging platforms were made available, including Strava. Today, the market has nearly a hundred software and hardware options available for fitness tracking. Everyone has their favorites based on familiarity, functionality, etc. There are even programs like FitnessSyncer and Tapiriik designed to move data between applications.
For 2017, we are completely redesigning the Challenge's software platform to be a robust enterprise ready system. A group of volunteers from Thrivent, Wells Fargo, Kimberly-Clark, and 3M made some tough decisions based on limited development resources. Strava was selected as the registration platform and logging platform for the Challenge. Previous experience pulling the data from Strava suggested this would dramatically streamline development. Leaderboards and reporting will be done through the NBC site.
There are significant advantages to selecting Strava. Users can log rides multiple ways including manually via a web interface. Strava supports multiple GPS hardware platforms for ride logging. The collective riding data can be graphically accessed in a heatmap format. Advocacy groups make great use of this data, and riders can see where others have ridden. The Strava Clubs will be used to organize the various hierarchies within the Challenge including state and local levels, workplaces, schools, etc. (A separate section will be written to explain this feature.)
Your training logs are archived online, and multiple sports can be incorporated into a single log. Your data is available for downloading. All of this functionality is available to National Bike Challenge participants using the non-premium level (free) Strava Account.