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Winter Challenge Intro

 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? What about riding even more than 5 miles a day in the dead of winter? Others have done it, so what about you?  

The 20th Annual Winter Challenge

Janesville Velo Club members are challenged to ride a bicycle outdoors in our area on as many days as they can in January and February at least 5 miles a day. Sound simple? Read the rules, submit your entry, and accept this Challenge!

Rules


Prize - The winner’s only prize will be the respect of the other participants.

Standings

At the end of the challenge, participants who have placed in the top 10 in either category will be awarded points that correlate to their final place in that category (see ‘Days’ and ‘Miles’ table). The points participants earn for placing in the top ten in each category will be added together to determine a participant’s Total Points.

More Total points = Higher place in the Final Standings

Requirements

Participating riders must be current Janesville Velo Club members and accept the terms of the Janesville Velo Club Waiver and Release of Liability.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

Fundraiser

Help us raise funds by encouraging your friends & family to make pledges on the number of days or miles you ride during the 2-month challenge period.

Not up to the challenge of winter riding or soliciting pledges but want to support our cause? Please consider donating. 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.      





Event History

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!