The 2019 National Bike Challenge, brought to you by the League of American Bicyclists and Love to Ride, is a nationwide event that unites thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in a free and friendly competition designed to celebrate, encourage biking, and help create a more bike friendly and sustainable culture.
Over 5 months and two signature month-long challenges, individuals, teams, businesses and whole communities can sign up to ride, and compete for prizes and leaderboard positions.
Who can take part?
- Existing Riders
- New Riders
- Cities / Counties / States / MPOs
- Advocacy Groups
- Clubs and groups
Why take part?
There are a bike load of reasons to participate:
- Achieve your cycling goals - Use the Challenge as motivation to enjoy riding more! Set goals, earn badges, cheer each other on, enjoy some friendly rivalry with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
- You want a bike friendly world – Show your support for biking and a healthier, happier world.
- Win Prizes! - We've got some great prizes that you can win by participating!
- Compete on leaderboards - if a little friendly competition gets your motor-running/legs-crankings, then we have a host of leaderboards for you to enjoy!
- Enjoy building community - connect with your friends, co-workers and fellow riders. Share your stories and your photos and encourage each other to enjoy riding.
- Let's get more people riding and smiling! Your participation helps to show how many people there are who do ride, and you can also encourage your non-riding friends and co-workers to get back on a bike. More people riding helps to get biking infrastructure built and helps to make our communities more bike-friendly (Yay!)
Get yourself signed-up!
How can you take part this year?
- As an individual
- As a team (group of friends, social riding group, cycling club, etc)
- As a workplace
- As part of your state / local area.
The National Bike Challenge runs May through September.
We've also got two month-long 'workplace vs workplace challenges' - one in May and the other in September. Read more about workplaces here.
Teams of friends/clubs, individuals, States, etc will compete every month and through the whole 5-month period.
Improvements / Changes from Last Year
Last Year: teams were limited to 8 riders
This Year: Teams can be any size (the leaderboards will have size categories to level the playing field so big teams won’t compete against smaller teams :-)
Team Challenge Availability
Last Year: The Team's functionality (team profile pages/stats and leaderboards) were only available in the May Team Challenge.
This Year: You can form a team anytime, you can decide which month(s) you want to really compete in, you can see your team’s performance by month and for the whole May-September period. You can even continue riding with your team after the Challenge ends (the ‘Teams’ are part of our new ‘Clubs and Groups’ feature which is year-round).
Team Leaderboards - Ranking System
Last Year: Teams competed for points and the leaderboard ranked teams by most points
This Year: There are now 4 different leaderboards that teams can compete on (most miles, most rides, most commutes, most commute miles) - you can choose which to really go for (or you can go for them all!)
Team Leaderboards - Filters
Last Year: your team was put on one leaderboard with 10 other teams in a pool.
This Year: You can filter the Team Leaderboards by size of team and state, so you can see how other teams of a similar size in your state compare to your team on the four different leaderboards mentioned above. You can also see National rankings.
- Top Commuter - Most Commute Days
- Top Commuter - Most Commute Miles
- Top Rider - Most Miles - female
- Top Rider - Most Miles - male
- Top New Rider - Most Miles - female
- Top New Rider - Most Miles - male
- Top Encourager
Filters: Location (State, USA, Global); time period (Month, May-Sept, Year); workplace.
Teams Leaderboards (social riding groups / cycling clubs)
- Most Miles
- Most Rides
- Most Commutes
- Most Commute Miles
Filters: Location (State, USA, global); size category
- Most Points
Filters: Location (State, USA, global); size category; Industry.
- State vs State
- Local Area vs Local Area
Filters: size category
We’re going to have some more great prizes for you this year! The full list of prizes you can win will be announced before the Challenge starts in May.
You can use one of the following apps:
- Ride Report
- The Love to Ride app
You can also log your rides manually. This is quick to do on the Love to Ride website.
We've made some nice upgrades to the Love to Ride platform, including:
You can now generate and view graphs of your riding over time.
You can now read other peoples stories and share your own - see stories here.
Companies now compete on industry leaderboards. Will your company win in your industry either in your state or nationally or globally?!
You can now have multiple goals at the same time, e.g. "Ride 5,000 miles in 2019" and "Ride 555 miles in May"
Who’s running the Challenge
Love to Ride and the League of American Bicyclists are joining forces to bring you the National Bike Challenge. Read more about the organizations behind the Challenge here.
A Tool for Encouraging Riding
We know that riding a bike has tremendous benefits and that the best way to realize those benefits is to get on a bike. So we provide the incentives, tools and support to help you and your friends, colleagues, and family to start riding, or to ride more often, and experience the joys and benefits of bicycling firsthand.
Love to Ride offers a single platform where you can keep track of your riding, find answers and resources to help you ride more confidently, win prizes for riding, and to encourage your friends and colleagues to ride (and win prizes for that too!).
Help us spread the love of bicycling by combining our platform and programs with your enthusiasm for biking!