Check It Out! I Get To Present The March Challenge

Hi folks, Greg here, and I’ve been given the honor of hosting the next Cycle365 Monthly Challenge.  But first, it seems I owe everybody an apology.  I’ve been told by one of the executive officers of Cycle365 that my snowman challenge this month “showed a surprising insensitivity,” presumably because it was almost impossible for people in some parts of the world to copycat.  Deep down, I know he’s right.  In my defense, however, I came up with the snowman idea back when the challenge was simply to create your own challenge — that was before copycatting became a sub-theme.  I thought I was making up a challenge only for myself and that was that.  I never meant to exclude anybody.  I’m very sorry.

So this month’s challenge is my olive branch to our little corner of the bicycling community known as Cycle365.  It will be incredibly easy for everybody:  All you have to do in order to meet the March Challenge is match a bike ride to a piece of music — a regular song, a symphony, an operatic aria, a jazz number, a rambling rap riff, some kind of avant garde performance art.  A happy song, sad song, old song, new song, short song, long song, fast song, slow song, silly song, or whatever strikes your fancy.  I already know most of you like music and I’m pretty sure ALL of you like to ride your bike.  It can’t get much easier than that.

You can think of a favorite song and use it to inspire your bike ride or, conversely, you can go on your bike ride and see if that inspires a song in your head and heart.  You don’t have to post any audio or video of your song, but you can if you want to.  You don’t have to pick a famous song, but you can if you want to.  You don’t have to incorporate any lyrics in your post, but you can if you want to.  You don’t have to do this more than one time to meet the challenge, but you can if you want to.  You don’t even have to have fun, but you can if you want to.  There are NO RULES!

Well, there are two rules, I guess.  1)  Provide the title of your song, and 2) tell us how you used the song to influence your ride.

For example, if your song is “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” tell us through words and/or pictures about all the fairies, sugar plums, and ballerinas you saw on your ride.  Explain how much Tchaikovsky and his music has inspired you — or ruined your life — as the case may be.  Describe memories of the time you played first violin in your high school production of The Nutcracker.  Maybe while you were riding you remembered how sugar plum fairies granted wishes to you as a kid.




See?  It’s almost TOO easy.

Well, I guess there is one more rule that might make this challenge slightly more difficult.  Despite my protestations, the Cycle365 executive wants to see pictures of your bike included in your post.  NOW who’s the hard ass?

I know you’re all excited to get going on this challenge, but PLEASE restrain yourselves until March 1st.  Thank you.


Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

10 response to "Check It Out! I Get To Present The March Challenge"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 20, 2020

    Music! What a great Challenge!

    Do we get to sing? Can I sing? And dancing while singing? Can I sing and dance?

    Before you answer, I should probably mention that the only thing worse than my singing is my dancing, and the only thing worse than my dancing is my singing.

      • By: gregblood Posted: February 21, 2020

        Rich, I am very disappointed in your D-minus (or F+) grade in dance class. I have to believe you didn’t put forth much effort as, from what I’ve seen, classes like that generally require nothing more than showing up on a fairly regular basis and at least TRYING to shake a leg.

        • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 21, 2020

          Oh, I did all of the above, I just wasn’t very good — Instructor had mercy, got a C.

          Amazes me how choreographed dancers can remember all those moves!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 21, 2020

      YES, Old Grumbleface! Though singing and dancing is not required, I absolutely do encourage it — especially BAD singing and dancing. More especially if it’s bad singing and dancing on top of a rock. Most especially if it’s bad singing and dancing on top of a rock and you make a video of it for all of us to enjoy.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: February 22, 2020

    How fun! I’ve always got music in my head when I’m riding – it will be tough to just decide on one song per ride since I usually think of several. (My stupid brain doesn’t stop too often – I actually like the rides where I get in such a zone I don’t think about anything at all!).

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 23, 2020

      Me too. There is always music in my head when I ride — except on those occasions when I have to try to think up something to write for a monthly challenge. Now the challenge IS music. Too easy.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 23, 2020

    I’m sure you can sing while standing on your head, Greg! You don’t have to prove it.

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 23, 2020

      Don’t worry, I won’t be doing any of that tom-foolery for this challenge. My back is just getting back to normal after you made me do that headstand on the stump.

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