Riders, it’s time again for the Prairie Spirit Trail Challenge, where communities along the trail compete in the National Bike Challenge. Iola is the reigning champion, but it’s a new year, and Humboldt, Colony, Garnett, Richmond, Princeton, or Ottawa could well take the crown!
Sign up (it’s free!) at nationalbikechallenge.org
New this year, you’ll need to use Strava to actually log your miles. Luckily, Strava is pretty awesome all on its own.
Here’s what I recommend:
- If you have a Strava account, make sure you’re logged in. If you do not have a Strava account, go to strava.com and set one up (it’s free); you can sign up using your Facebook account, your Google account, or an email and password.
- Go to nationalbikechallenge.org and click the orange “Join The Challenge” button. This’ll send you back over to Strava, so that you can grant permission for the NBC to access your Strava data.
- Ride your bike and log your miles!
You can log your miles manually, use a GPS fitness tracker (e.g. Garmin, Yahoo, Polar, Lezyne, etc.), use a Strava smartphone app, or use a third-party service such as Fitness Syncer to pull in your data from other sites such as Endomondo or MapMyRide. Whatever way you get your miles into Strava, they’ll be automatically forwarded to the National Bike Challenge, where you can compete as an individual, as part of a city, as part of a state, or as part of a team, school, or workplace.
We have our own “team” that you’re welcome to join. Once you have your Strava and National Bike Challenge accounts set up and connected, just head on over to the Bike Prairie Spirit Strava Club, join up, and you’re automatically be part of the Bike Prairie Spirit National Bike Challenge Team.
It’s fun to see your friends and neighbors posting their rides, and it’s amazing how many miles we can all accumulate from May through September! Who’s going to be the top trail town this year?