Are you looking for some extra motivation to ramp up your
cycling? Do you love keeping track of your mileage and other pedal-powered
metrics-calories burned, car miles avoided, money saved?
If so, you can add up your stats this summer as part of the
National Bike Challenge!
A partnership between the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bikes
Belong, the League of American Bicyclists and Endomondo, the 2012 Get Up &
Ride National Bike Challenge aims to encourage people to bike for
transportation and recreation, and to catalog exactly how many miles they're
logging every day of the challenge. The program runs from May 1 to August 1,
with the goal of uniting 50,000 people to pedal 10 million miles.
In 2011, Kimberly-Clark partnered with the Wisconsin Bicycle
Federation for a pilot of the challenge on a statewide basis in Wisconsin. Based on that
success, they're taking the program nationwide for the first time this year.
It's free to participate (though you must be at least 18
years old), and you can track your progress on the go. Endomondo, a
mobile-based sports and fitness tracking community, has developed a free app
for mobile and GPS devices to help you upload and log your miles during the
While the promotion doesn't officially kick off until May,
you can learn more about the rules, point system, prizes and how to put
together a team.
So ... are you up to the challenge?Image from Kimberly-Clark.
I ride everyday. My bike is my main transportation and I pedal more miles than I drive my car each year. Riding to work saves gas, tires, brake pads and oil changes.
Of course, the premier reason to ride is that its fun; especially now that spring is here.
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