The 20th Annual Winter Challenge!
How hard-core are you? Can you ride your bike outdoors one day in January (a minimum of 5 miles) and one day in February? How about 5 miles in a day once a week? What about riding 5 miles every day from January 1st through the end of February? Others have done it, so what about you? Think you can ride more than 5 miles in a day? Go for it! The challenge is to ride your bicycle outdoors on as many days as you can at least 5 miles a day (more is better) in January and February. Sound simple? Well then use the link below, read the rules, submit the form, and accept the Challenge!
Do you get cabin fever in January & February? Does the road beckon you even as the mercury falls out of the bottom of your thermometer? Have you ever pondered whether gears can shift in the cold or wondered why anyone would ride a bike in sub-freezing temperatures? Well, these and many other of life's questions will be answered once you join.
In 2001, Michael's Cycles store manager Bob Schlegel challenged a store customer (Ed Z.) to see who would ride the most through the upcoming winter. Bob and Ed (a.k.a. “Crazy Ed”) devised this prize-less challenge as a way to add some fun to the difficult winter riding season. Interest in the challenge quickly grew from 13 die-hard cyclists pedaling a cumulative 11,589 miles in 2002 to 31 participants racking up over 35,500 miles in the first 3 months of 2006. As of the end of the 2020 Challenge, only 146 different riders have contributed to the 400,800 total cumulative miles ridden during the history of the Challenge!
Help us raise funds by encouraging your friends & family to make pledges on the number of days and/or miles you ride during the 2-month challenge period. Fundraising is not required to participate, but is encouraged.
Not up to the challenge of winter riding or soliciting pledges but want to support our cause? Please consider making a donation. The JVC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses the funds raised to support bicycling-related advocacy efforts and also improve cycling opportunities in southern Wisconsin.
If you've ever cycled even a few miles during the winter, you must respect the fortitude of these riders as they have fought through some of the coldest, windiest and wettest weather of the year! Congratulations to each and every one of those who have participated; may you be an inspiration to those joining the next challenge. To view the results of the past Challenges, check out the Winter Challenge pages found under the 'Local Riding' tab (near the top).