2018 Cycle Life Challenge

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:

Round the world

2018 Dates

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.

Origin Story

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.

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18 response to "2018 Cycle Life Challenge"

    • By: RangerK Posted: January 20, 2018

      Glad to have you leading the way.

  1. By: Scott Anderson Posted: January 20, 2018

    Might as well. I’ve got some time on my hands now. I’m adding Cycle Life Challenge as a category so we can link them all together, and will link your post to it also.

    • By: RangerK Posted: January 20, 2018

      Great idea, Scott. Thanks.

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 20, 2018

    Looks like we’re back in business!!! Look forward to seeing everyone!!

    • By: RangerK Posted: January 20, 2018

      Woohooooo! See you out there.

  3. By: AntC Posted: January 21, 2018

    Great – will be there

  4. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 21, 2018

    Howdy! I’m in if these “‘à&ù%$ back spasms will let me.



    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: January 21, 2018

      Ooof. Take care of that back.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: February 22, 2018

    Sooo…. it’s coming soon! I’m just wondering if you have a preferred option for posting, dear Goddess. You mention emailing you details if not posting here, but I’m thinking a link here back to my site would be easiest for me if that is permissible? I am not sure if I’ll make it out of the gate on the 9th as I’m having outpatient stuff done shortly beforehand, so Tony will have to use the time zone advantage to get in the first ride! Looking forward to another year and challenge. I have no theme yet….. Em

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: February 23, 2018

      Dearest Em,
      I think linking back to your blog would be a very good solution.

      I have one or two rides I’m noodling on, but no real theme has arisen for me either. Sorry that Tony will get the jump on you this time. Good luck with your little surgery. And glad you’re back in the saddle.



      So take your time getting better, dear.

  6. By: tempocyclist Posted: March 5, 2018

    I’m in! 🙂 Any excuse to get outside, turn the pedals and try out some new coffee haunts! Fellow Tasmanian based rider here alongside Tony, but I recon he’ll still get the jump on me for that first ride.


    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 6, 2018

      Hello there, Tazzie! Or is it Tassie? Great to have another one from the island to give Tony a run for his money. And thanks so much for the blog post. We look forward to seeing what you do and where you go during the Challenge.
      -Yr Goddess

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: March 5, 2018

    Greetings and many thanks to you, dear Goddess, for watching over our rides once again.
    I’m really excited that it’s that time of year again! At the moment I’m laid up with the flu, in itself not good, but lying around has give me plenty of time to think about CLC rides. And I’m itching to get out on my bike after a very frosty winter.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 6, 2018

      Dearest Suzanne, we are not happy that you’ve been under the weather, and speaking of weather you have had some of the worst in a long long time, and we are looking forward to your adventures.

      -Yr Goddess

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