Are You A Winner? August National Bike Challenge Update

August was a hot and steamy month, yet cyclists in Mississippi kept on pedaling despite many days with temperatures hovering near or over 100 degrees. If you rode your bike during August, you should be applauded!

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Just over 200 of our 536 participants logged miles for the month and 170 rode four days or more to ensure they were eligible for prizes.

August Bike Challenge Results

August was also huge month for the National Bike Challenge! During the month, we added two more participants to bring our total to 536 people across the state participating in the challenge by riding their bikes and logging their miles.  This exceeds our goal of 500 participants and is over twice the number of cyclists that joined the challenge last year. However, with September being the final month of the challenge, I would really love to see a final push to bring our total number of participants to 550. Can we do it? Only with your help!

During August, our bike riders have pedaled reached our statewide goal to ride over 250,000 during the five month challenge. Now all we need to do is see if we can make it to 300,000 miles! I know this is a goal we can achieve!

Mississippi stayed steady at 26th place in the nation for the challenge during July. I would personally like to see us in the top 25. One really good push to log your miles and encourage your riding buddies to sign up, ride their bikes and log their miles regularly will push us into the top half of the states in the challenge. I fear that Florida could surpass us and knock us down a notch to 27th place if we are not careful in September.

If you want more information about our local challenge check out our earlier Challenge Blog.

Individual Point Leaders

Marsha Shaw dipping her tire in the Mississippi river on the last day of RAGBRAI in Davenport, Iowa.

Marsha Shaw dipping her tire in the Mississippi river on the last day of RAGBRAI in Davenport, Iowa.

I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but, congratulations to Marsha Shaw of Brandon  and Jim Quick of Meridian for again amassing the most points during the month of August. Marsha has maintained her first place lead since the beginning of the challenge with Jim a short distance behind. Marsh accumulated 2,194 points by riding 1,574 miles. Jim Quick of Meridian was our men’s leader with 1,928 points.

Community Point and Participant Leader

August Community Leaderboard

August Community Leaderboard

Madison continues its community dominance during the points race in August – amassing enough points to also be the challenge period leader as well. Vicksburg still holds the honor of most participants, which in my book is that statistic that is more important. The goal of the National Bike Challenge is to get more people out riding bikes and the city of Vicksburg now has 78 cyclists signed up and logging miles.

Special Kudos!

One of the things I like about the National Bike Challenge, is that it gets you out on your bike!  Many of us got out and rode more during the month because of the challenge. I want to extend congratulations to several cyclists who rode all 31 days in August: Marshall Cartledge of Madison, Marsha Shaw of Brandon, Jim Quick of Meridian, Chad Whitton of Brandon, and Rick Eades of Ridgeland! Many of these cyclists have not missed a day of cycling in months!

I also want to congratulate all of you who got out and pedaled during August. We each have our mileage limiting factors and making time to get on the bike is important even if you only have time to ride a few miles a few times a month. All cyclists are important to our National Bike Challenge goals regardless of miles ridden.

August Winners

Please let our sponsors know you appreciate them donating prizes for the Challenge!

Indian Cycle, The Bike Rack, The Bike CrossingRidgeland TourismBricks and Spokes, and Menchies!

Our winners are:

Indian Cycle – Free Bike Tune-up: Paul Ingram, Vicksburg
Bike Rack – Free Bike Tune-Up: Barb Kliess, Clinton
Bricks and Spokes – Free Entry:  David Honeycutt, Meridian
Ridgeland Tourism – Rear Bike Light: Zach McRainey, Collins
Menchies: Free 5 0z yogurt: Rachel Bonney, Wiggins
Menchies: Free 5 0z yogurt: Shane Sykes, Jackson
Menchies: Free 5 0z yogurt: Jim O’Daniel, Clinton
Menchies: Free 5 0z yogurt: Denise Mills, Jackson
Menchies: Free 5 0z yogurt: Lisa Bourgoyne, Raymond
Bike Walk Mississippi: T-shirt: Kathy Eagles, Vicksburg
Crooked Letter Cycling T-shirt: Brent Futrell, Biloxi

September Challenge

To be eligible for prizes, participants must ride 4 times during the month – that averages out to just once per week. The prizes available will still be drawn randomly so a person riding 4 miles will have the same chance to win a prize as our cyclists riding 1,200 miles.  The goal is to get out and ride your bike!

We are still recruiting September prizes, but the following wonderful sponsors have already been confirmed and will donated some great prizes:

Indian Cycle, Bike Rack, Bike Crossing, Ridgeland Tourism, Menchies, Bike Blues & Bayous and Bricks and Spokes. Stop by these shops and let them know how much we appreciate their participation in the National Bike Challenge.

Let’s get out and ride our bikes!