Cycle365 Challenge of the Month

Challenge for March, 2020: This month’s theme is Music, hosted by Greg.  All you have to do in order to meet the March Challenge is match a bike ride to a piece of music. 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.

Challenge for February, 2020: This month’s theme is Choose Your Own Adventure.  Come up with your own challenge theme for the month, declare it in your first post, and then post two other submissions on the same theme: a total of three posts (at least – more is even better) on a theme of your choosing.  And, if you have trouble coming up with an idea, you’re free to use someone other’s theme.

Challenge for January, 2020: This month’s theme is Rocks. Let’s rock in the new decade with a photo of your favorite rock.  Extra credit if it’s got a bike cozying up to it casting a shadow across its face.  Big, small, smooth, ragged, you choose.  Show us what rocks you.

Challenge for December, 2019: This month’s theme is Reds. This month’s theme is the color red, used in any way that seems appropriate to you: as an accent, as the dominant color, as a Santa Claus suit, as a planet, as a flower, as a flag, as a pannier.  The opportunities are limitless.  It needn’t be pure red either – anywhere deep into the red part of the spectrum is fine, but not drifting into orange or purple please.

Challenge for November, 2019: This month’s theme is Let’s Hear it for the Kids!  It’s dedicated to children – yours, trick or treaters, kids on bikes, waifs on the street, even youngsters from any species or kingdom.  It would be nice if you can get your bike into the picture, but children are often shy or fast moving targets.  It’s acceptable if you just affirm that yours or somebody’s bike is in the vicinity.

Challenge for October, 2019: this month’s challenge is Flagging Interest.  With the coldest and wettest (or hottest and driest, depending) part of the year on the horizon, is your cycling interest flagging?  If so, we’ve got just the challenge to revive it: Flags!  National, regional, ecumenical, corporate; straight out in a gale force wind, lightly luffing in a breeze, completely limp; up a pole, on a ship mast, draped across a coffin, on a jacket, on a bike – they’re all game, and diversity is encouraged.

Challenge for September, 2019: This month’s theme is Fall back in line (or, for you antipodal types, Spring back in line).  The main idea is to get your bike into alignment, as illustrated by the featured image.  Lots of possibilities here – a line of trees, light standards, dominoes, flower pots, parked cars, school children out on a field trip, and so on.  Very easy challenge.

Also though, with the equinox just around the corner, extra points are available if you can fit in an appropriate seasonal reference: for example, a row of pumpkins.  The main thing though is the line, and the bike.

Challenge for August, 2019: The theme this month is Virtual Arboretum.  Let’s build a gallery of distinguished trees, and where possible let us know what the species is; or show us enough identifying characteristics so we can help you make the identification.  Extra credit if you feature a species native to your area.

And, for this month only you don’t need to have your bicycle in the same frame with the tree.  You do though need to include a bike somewhere in the post, but it’s fine to have a clean, unobstructed view of your prized tree.

And, to make things even easier, you don’t even need to post a living tree.  If you’re living in a dead zone, or find a fallen soldier you particularly admire, that’s fine too.

Challenge for July, 2019: The theme this month is Monochrome: take a photo of a subject with a single dominant color, with the bike of course.    We’re not being hard nosed about the rules either – it’s fine to have other hues around the edges, and your bike doesn’t need to be color coordinated with it.  Preferably the subject will have an interesting texture, but if all you can find is a flat concrete wall to lean your bike against, that’s fine too.

And, no worries if you’re colorblind.  You could submit an explanation with your entry and I’m sure the judges will take it into account.

Oh, one more clarification – for this challenge, ‘color’ is defined liberally and includes white, grey, and black.

Challenge for June, 2019: This month’s theme is Something Old, Something New.  Take a photo that juxtaposes two related subjects, one old and the other new.  Lots of possibilities here – a modern tractor next to a rusty old implement; a modern bridge replacing the older one still standing beside it – you get the idea.  Human subjects don’t count, so no grandma/grandkid family portrait’s please.  Oh, and your bike of course.

Challenge for May, 2019: This month’s challenge was inspired by this excerpt from Robert Pirsig’s wonderful Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, one of my favorite books.  Take a photo of a brick, and say something about it.  Or compose an ode to it, or sing a song about it and include a video.  Probably should include a bike in the photo as long as you’re at it.

Challenge for April, 2019: Take a photo of you and your bike. That’s the bicycle AND the rider. Best to get a photo of you actually riding your bike, but we’ll settle for you on your bike, or even beside your bike. But it needs to be you and your bike in the same photo. Optionally, include your companion(s) and their bike(s). Share the photo, along with a note about the shot. Optionally, make this part of a post about a longer ride with more photos and more text. Repeat as often as desired throughout the month. Get going!

Challenge for March 2019: Take a photo of flora and/or fauna. Plants and/or animals. Both together would be very nice. Be sure to include your bike in the photo. Optionally, also include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s). Share the photo, along with a note about the shot. Optionally, make this part of a post about a longer ride with more photos and more text. Repeat as often as desired throughout the month. Get going!

Challenge for February 2019: Take a photo of the weather — or something showing the results of the weather — and your bike. Could be heat, cold, snow, ice, hail, rain, mud, sky, sun, clouds, mist, fog, wind, tornado, hurricane, cyclone, flood, sand storm, lightning, etc. Be sure to include your bike in the photo. Optionally, also include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s). Share the photo, along with a note about the shot. Optionally, make this part of a post about a longer ride with more photos and more text. Repeat as often as desired throughout the month. Get going!

Challenge for January 2019: Take a photo of a cloud and your bike. Could be one cloud, or a sky full of clouds, or even an overcast sky. Be sure to include your bike in the photo. Optionally, also include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s). Share the photo, along with a note about the shot. Optionally, make this part of a post about a longer ride with more photos and more text. Repeat as often as desired throughout the month. Get going!

Challenge for December 2018: Take a photo of a wall and your bike. Could be a wall tall, low, wide, plain, fancy, new, old, weathered, textured, painted, and/or decorated. Maybe even a fence would do. Be sure to include your bike in the photo. Optionally, also include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for November 2018: Take a photo of outdoor art and your bike. Could be sculpture, painting, or even an architectural detail. Be sure to include your bike in the photo, but your bike doesn’t qualify as the work of art, no matter how beautiful it is. Optionally, also include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for October 2018: Take a reflectie. That is, photograph yourself AND your bike reflected in a mirror, window, water, shiny metal, or any other reflective surface. Be sure to include yourself and your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include companion(s).

Challenge for September 2018: Take a photo of a sign. Could be road sign, street sign, advertising sign, etc. Big or small. Words and/or images. Include your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for August 2018: Take a photo of liquid. Could be an ocean or a lake or a river or a stream or a fountain or rain, etc. Any kind of liquid. Include your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for July 2018: Take a photo of something old, abandoned, rusted, broken, and/or collapsing. Include your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for June 2018: Take a photo of a tree or trees. Include your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

Challenge for May 2018: Take a photo of a bridge, any bridge, large or small. Include your bicycle in the photo. Optionally, include your smiling (or grumbly) face and/or companion(s).

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

6 response to "Cycle365 Challenge of the Month"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: April 30, 2018

    I’m busy collecting bridges, Bill. Can’t post until we get back from our little jaunt in Lower Bavaria.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: April 30, 2018

    I like it. You come up with the challenges, I will meet them.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 30, 2018

      Greg, I rub my hands together and smile gleefully as I ponder special challenges for riders based in Minnesota. 😉

  3. By: Scooter Posted: July 2, 2018

    Great post, Bill. Nice format, nice to show the history of prior challenges. And thanks for taking the lead on this! I feel a bit guilty, like an absentee landlord, for starting this site and then being so hands off. I suspect it will continue tha way though – we’ll be on the road for most of the next 8 months.

    Maybe we should solicit another volunteer to comanage the site?

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