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PeopleForBikes is announcing the fifth annual National Bike Challenge which starts on Sunday, May 1.


The Challenge will unite 100,000+ bicycle riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016.  It is an online platform, free for everyone to use to log their miles and celebrate riding, while finding inspiration to ride more often. The Challenge brings together tens of thousands of people who bike across the country who share a love of bicycling. 
Be part of The Chainlink team: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/team/9812 
You can automatically log miles on an app such as Strava or Map My Ride so you can easily sync it up so that it automatically updates their miles in the National Bike Challenge. When you log in, you just need to go to Manage Settings (left hand navigation bar) and scroll down to the Apps section to sync Strava.
This is super easy to be a part of it!
2. Ride your Bike!
3. Set up your auto logging of miles or enter your miles every day you ride.
4. Come back to this thread and post pics and your comments about the challenge.
5. Invite your friends to join us for the National Bike Challenge.
Woot!

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Fair enough, pretty sure I joined it just takes a minute for it all to sync up!

Joined yesterday. It takes the site some time to recognize you have joined and to attribute one's miles and points to the team, but it looks they get there eventually. The route saving feature also does not seem to work yet. I have been told by the People for Bikes they are aware of the issues and are working through them.

Glad you are joining us!
Yes, I've noticed members and miles take a little time to show up. My Garmin syncs to my Map My Ride right away but doesn't show up on this account until the next day. 

I would, but I will not switch to neither Strava nor Endomondo for this, and I'm too lazy to enter miles manually...

Just a thought... (because it'd be great to have you on our team)... Map My Ride allows you to add it with an automatic sync from Garmin Connect so you don't have to make a switch. If you have a different bike computer, I'm guessing it will sync with that as well. I really like Map My Ride for finding routes and tracking miles. And now it syncs to the National Bike Challenge really easily.

I should have mentioned Map My Ride and Garmin among the things I will not switch to ;)

Amen to that.  Until I get a Garmin 1000, I'm entering manually via Cateye Strada Double Wireless. :->

I really love my Garmin 1000. I think you'll like it. I've recently begun taking advantage of the turn-by-turn route directions and find it very helpful.

How often do you have to download the map update?  Is it like the Garmin Nuvi where you check for update once a year?

Agree that manually entering means nothing accruing. I have been using a Suunto watch for the past nine months and it links from Suunto's page to Strava.  Like Yasmeen my miles will eventually appear with me doing nothing  more than  periodically plugging  the watch into  my computer which is  how I often charge it. I never found  Strava worthwhile  when simply using a phone  as my phone drains too quickly when the GPS is used.

Just joined up! The website, as others have said, is a bit funky in that it doesn't display accurate percentages (Apparently my rides are 100% recreation despite being listed otherwise), but it does load the data into the competition page well despite my profile display being borked. But it really doesn't matter because it works well enough and the website isn't the point.  I'm just enjoying seeing a number that corresponds to my ride to work every day!

Thanks for creating the challenge!

The site seems to have updated. Proportions are now correct and calculated statistics update in real time. 

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