The Cycle Life Challenge is for You
The Cycle Life Challenge is a coffeeneuring*-inspired, fun way to share your day rides during a specific time period. It’s open to everyone who wants to play nicely.
This will be the third annual challenge. We found during the first two that it was just as fascinating to learn about where people live every day as it was to follow them as they did a cycle tour somewhere new to them. And we found that we learned a lot about where we live ourselves as we looked anew at our surroundings and tried to show it to others.
Last year we had more than 20 people around the world participating. Here’s a map to prove it:
Dates for 2018 are March 9 through April 30. The rules remain the same. The amount of leeway for interpreting the rules remains limitless. How we share our rides has changed since we moved to this site this year. The Rules and the Fine Print are below, along with suggestions on sharing.
Cycle Life Challenge Rules
Since it’s a Challenge, there are Rules. Since someone has to make up the rules, I appointed myself Goddess to do so. Your Goddess looks forward to seeing where you go and what you do, dear ones.
1. You must go on a bike ride at least seven (7) times between March 9 and April 30, 2018.
2. You must support the local economy through which you ride by some sort of purchase.
3. You must post accounts of your rides with photographic proof of rules 1 and 2.
The Fine Print
There is an extreme amount of wiggle room for all these rules. Use your imagination and take advantage of it. The fine print herewith is only to stimulate that imagination.
Rule 1: This is easy enough: Go on a bike ride at least seven times during the Challenge. Doesn’t matter how long a ride. Doesn’t matter where. Doesn’t matter if it’s on a trainer. Doesn’t matter if it’s to do errands. Doesn’t matter if you’re on an extended tour. Doesn’t matter if it’s the same route every time. Doesn’t matter if it’s more than one ride per day.
Rule 2: Supporting the local economy means you buy something locally either before the ride and take it along (i.e., snacks, new water bottle, new bike), or during your ride (i.e., snacks, new water bottle, new tubes).
Rule 3: Write it up. Post photographic evidence of your ride and your economic contributions. Tell us why you took this particular route. Teach us a little local history. Show off the good and the bad about where you live. How good was that coffee or tea or craft beer or pastry or fresh fruit or chain lube or groceries that you bought?
- “Written up” means a social media post, or a post on this site, or a post on your own blog or journal, or wherever you want to do it. Somehow we’d like you to share your postings on this site; see below for more of an explanation of this.
- Rides from earlier in your life are permitted but must be posted anew during the Challenge Season. Rides you wish you could make also qualify.
- Maps are strongly encouraged. Your Goddess *loves* maps.
- Your Goddess strongly encourages a short video introduction. It’s nice to hear your voice. Yes, she strongly encourages this.
Playing Well With Others
The best part of the CLC is seeing what others post (of course, your posts are the best), then trying to incorporate some of the themes that arise into your own rides. In order to do that, we need to see what everyone posts.
There are many acceptable ways to share your rides for the Cycle Life Challenge: post on this site, cycle365.life; on your own blog or any other site; or on social media with the #cyclelifechallenge18 hashtag.
Cycle365 is the headquarters of the CLC, and we want to make it easy for Challenge participants to follow everyone else. If you are not posting your rides on this site, send a link to Your Goddess at clamshellguard-x [at] yahoo dot com and we’ll post it here for you.
You especially want Your Goddess to know what you did so you can get your just desserts.
Eternal glory. Everyone gets it in one way or another. It doesn’t matter if you do all seven rides, either. There is glory in doing any bike ride.
*Thank You Mary
The Cycle Life Challenge is inspired by coffeeneuring, which is the brainchild of Mary Gersemalina. Mary is a bike tourer, randonneur, bike commuter and runner in Washington, DC. Her blog Chasing Mailboxes is where you can learn more about her and her exploits, as well as the Coffeeneuring Challenge and another cool challenge she calls Errandonnée.
A bunch of folks who like to do day rides had a lot of fun telling stories about those rides on bicyclelife.topicwise.com. To fill in the time between the annual coffeeneuring challenges we came up with the Bike Life Challenge and had a great time for two seasons. This year we moved off the bike life site to our own site.