WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level. We aim to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE CHALLENGE?
In 2009, Kimberly-Clark Corporation created an internal bike challenge for its more than 50,000 employees. With the help of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, the Challenge was successfully piloted in Wisconsin at the statewide level in 2011. The bike challenge, then called the Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge, opened to the nation in 2012 under the direction of the League of American Bicyclists, with additional support from PeopleForBikes. In 2014, the National Bike Challenge had more than 45,000 participants riding 23 million miles; 2016 will be the fifth year the Challenge is national in scope.