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National Bike Challenge for 2014 begins May 1

The League of America Bicyclists National Bike Challenge (www.nationalbikechallenge.org) begins May 1, with a number of local and national goals. The National Bike Challenge goal for 2014is 30,000,000 miles and 50,000 participants.

IndyCog and the City of Indianapolis will use the National Bike Challenge (NBC) for two local initiatives: the M4 (Mayor’s Million Mile Month) Challenge in May and the annual Indianapolis Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16.

Indianapolis area bicyclists will entered into this local area challenge automatically. The local organizers are looking for 5,000 Indianapolis-area residents to participate in the National Bike Challenge this year with the goal of reaching 1 million miles in the month of May.

Prior participants will now find 4 ways to enter rides in 2014: manual entry on the NBC website, or via synch with online tracking websites, Endomondo, Map My Ride or Moves. (Sorry, Strava users, you are not supported in this years challenge.)

National Bike Challenge participants will find more ways to be engaged this year. You can join your workplace, join or create a team, join or create a league, and you’ll automatically be entered into rankings for city, state and any local challenge in your area. New ranking categories include Schools (students, faculty and staff of elementary through college), and Bike Shops / Dealers.

All participants eligible for great prizes throughout the 5 month challenge and those who attain Gold level or higher will have a chance to win a Trek Travel trip or a bike! How do you earn points? You accumulate points by riding your bike outside and frequency of riding is rewarded. You earn 20 points for every day you ride, 1 point for every mile you ride. All outside miles and types of rides count (recreation, commuting, trail riding, mountain biking, etc.) Example: a 5 mile ride would earn 25 points (20 points for riding, 5 points for the 5 miles).

You can start entering your rides now – the National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1 and ends September 30, 2014. Sign up is easy at www.nationalbikechallenge.org.