Look back with 2020 hindsight! Look ahead with 2020 Cycle Life Challenge!
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.
This will be the fifth annual challenge. We found that it is just as fascinating to learn about where people live every day as it is to follow them as they do 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. And hard to believe, but it’s really fun.
Dates for 2020 are March 7 through April 27*. *Due to late notice, if you need to go later, just fine with me.
The rules remain the same. The amount of leeway for interpreting the rules remains limitless. 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.
1. You must go on a bike ride at least seven (7) times between March 7 and April 27*, 2019.
2. SUSPENDED FOR 2020 [You must support the local economy through which you ride by some sort of purchase.] Feel free to support businesses that can remain open but do what feels safe to you.
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 rides on this site, either with a posting here or a link from here to your other means of posting.
- 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.
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.