Will there be life after CLC?

So, the big question.  The end of this season’s Cycle Life Challenge is fast approaching, but what then?  Most of the traffic on the site has been CLC-related, but our name is based on the idea of cycling throughout the year, including during the hot or cold solstice months ahead.

Should we invent a new contest, maybe focused around the solstice?  I’d be curious to see what a mid-winter ride in Tasmania looks like.  And do Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur even have a winter?  Curious bikers want to know!

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

15 response to "Will there be life after CLC?"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 23, 2018

    Hi Scott,

    As you and I discussed via email a few weeks ago, beginning in May I want to start announcing a series of relatively easy and straightforward monthly cycle365 challenges. I already have a plan for May (and some others). But I also imagine there are plenty of other folks who want to announce their own ideas for challenges. Hey, get ready to start adding new categories to the database!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: April 23, 2018

    I’m not much of an idea man. I’m more of a follower–so I like Bill’s monthly challenges idea. I also like your solstice idea. I seem to like to go along with ANY idea. What’s your idea for posting day rides here when you become a full-time globe trotter? And have you designated anybody as an administrator while you’re gone?

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 23, 2018

      I like Bill’s idea also, and in fact had it in mind when I posted this. He thinks I just forgot, but I’d really meant this as a segue hoping he’d take the bait. Mission accomplished!

      As regards my leaving shortly though, I don’t expect that it will change much that I’m doing with Cycle365. We’ll be taking quite a few day rides on our tour, as a break from shlepping our luggage for a bit. I imagine I’ll just double post them from time to time.

      Also, I will still administer the site, and will check in regularly – I’m online every night I have connectivity anyway, in order to keep up the tour journal. Bill has graciously offered to serve as my backup though, so we’re well covered.

      Glad to hear you’re planning to keep posting!

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 24, 2018

      What a great idea, Suzanne. Are you proposing hosting this on your own website, or should we set it up as a new category on Cycle365?

      • By: Suzanne Posted: April 25, 2018

        I was thinking you could set it up as a challenge category on Cycle365. The idea is to post your best or favorite (not always the same) bicycle picture from every and any ride, but only one from each ride. Give the date and day number, maybe a bit of randowm information about where or on what occasion.

        • By: Scooter Posted: April 25, 2018

          Sounds like a great idea. Could you write up a post announcing the challenge, and maybe an entry as an example? I’ll create a new category for it and stick the challenge post to the top so it stays visible.

  3. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 25, 2018

    Yes Scott – I should be able to do a winter solstice ride in Tassie. The main differences you will see are the snowy hills (perhaps) and leafless hedges and riders in warm gear. That will be just before we head off for our mainland caravan and bicycle tour (day rides only) to Victoria and New South Wales so I will be asking for a couple more Categories to cover them

    Seems a bit weak but I can’t think of any Challenge structure – will cogitate on this while out on the ext couple of rides.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 25, 2018

    A bit more. Differences as above unless I choose to climb as far as possible (as allowed by snow) up Mt Wellington of course. That’s a thought.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 25, 2018

      Hi Janet,

      I hope we can still just pop by and write up a ride?!

      Not a problem! Everyone is always welcome to post about rides as usual. Challenges are strictly optional.

      See also my updated post about Challenges. (The post is “stickied” to the top of the homepage.)


      Meanwhile, I hope all is well in Seaside and your cold is improving.

  5. By: tempocyclist Posted: April 26, 2018

    I like the simple monthly challenge idea. 🙂

    I’ll try and get a good Winter Solstice Tassie ride in too. I think there’s an organised AUDAX leaving from Hobart but it’s probably a super long one. I’ll look into it.

  6. By: Alchemyrider Posted: April 26, 2018

    Malaysia is too close to the equator for there to be much of a difference in the length of the days throughout the year. About 20 minutes difference between the longest and shortest days in a year.

    So no winters either. Seasons are either wet or dry, tied to the monsoons. The seasons used to be clearly delineated. Less so now. I think there is something to the talk about climate change.

  7. By: The Navigator Posted: April 28, 2018

    Back at university, I rode with a bunch of mtn bike guys and we rode nightly – jumping down stairs, off curbs and down dirt paths. For each solstice and equinox, we would meet at midnight and ride straight through the night until the sun was just about to come up. Then we would ride to the top of the ridge overlooking town and watch the sunrise. Then they would go home to sleep after 5-7 hours of riding, and I would go to work! I have such wonderful memories, so count me in for that challenge. I’ll also take up the daily cycle one – to keep me going on working through my distance goal this year. Thanks Bill, Scooter and Suzanne for your efforts!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 29, 2018

      Hi Em and others! There won’t be any comments or posts from me until next week – we’re on a little bicycle tour here in Bavaria.

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