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Use the trail for the National Bike Challenge

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Kansas Cyclist LogoFrom Randy Rasa at Kansas Cyclist

The month of May is the annual celebration of cycling known as National Bike Month, with innumerable events and promotions around the country.

May also marks the launch of the 2013 National Bike Challenge!

This summer, more than 50,000 Americans are riding more than 20 million miles in the National Bike Challenge. This free online program encourages biking for transportation, fitness and recreation.

Ride solo, create a team, or pedal as part of a workplace to get healthier, have fun and become part of a national online community. Plus, every month you’ll be eligible to win great raffle prizes!

It’s easy, and it’s free. The National Bike Challenge is hosted by Endomondo, a web service that makes it really easy to participate.

There are several ways to log your trips:

– If you have a GPS device (such as the popular Edge series of cyclocomputers from our friends at Garmin), simply plug in your device after each ride, and upload your ride data to Endomondo with just a few clicks.

– If you carry a smartphone, download the free Endomondo app for your device. The app will let you record your ride and easily upload it to the web. Available for Android, iOS, and other popular platforms.

– You can also log your rides manually. Just go to nationalbikechallenge.org and click the “Log Miles” button.

The National Bike Challenge runs from May through September, but you can go ahead and get set up and start logging your miles. When you sign up, you have the option of joining a team or workplace or school.

Every time you get on your bike the miles count. Whether they are for fitness, fun, or transportation make sure to join and log them on nationalbikechallenge.org. Miles pedaled on a stationary bike or trainer do not count.

Everyone who participates is automatically entered into the prize program. Points are accumulated each day you ride at least 1 mile, and the more you ride, the more prizes you’re legible to win each month. There will be over 300 prizes distributed throughout the challenge period.

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