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Are you interested in entering a ride challenge this year?

Yes.
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Maybe, if it's interesting enough.
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fateddy
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:10 am

Hello everyone.

I have a proposal for you all. This year, I want to devise and issue a handful of challenges for anyone to attempt. I got the idea while listening to a podcast about the Iron Butt Award and (very briefly) considering it. Since most of us can't ride together, it would be some opportunities to take some longer, purpose-oriented rides, document the experience, and have something to show for it.

Like the Iron Butt Award, these challenges would have a set of guidelines in order for the challenge to be considered complete. Proof of travel would be required, in the form of pictures of your gas receipts, food receipts, your bike in front of a city sign, etc. While each challenge would naturally be customized to fit the specific rider and area you live in, the basics would be the same. Ride a minimum distance away from your home in a period of time, take pictures of things (I'm thinking kind of a scavenger hunt for each of them), document your route through receipts and pictures of easily-Googlable landmarks and city signs, and post a thread. Completed challenges will be earn some kind of token of recognition; I'm thinking stuff like stickers, patches, t-shirts, etc. We can get into the design of those later.

For challenge types, I've got a few ideas already, and I'll take some suggestions.
  • Simple distance in a day challenge - Like the Iron Butt Award, but shorter. I'm thinking 350 at a minimum, because that's a decent fun ride anyway. Maybe a 400 and a 600?
  • Ride for Pie - Or pizza or whatever. Ride at least 100 miles for a piece of pie. Bonus if you do it on March 14th.
  • Park to Park - Visit at least three state or national parks (including national monuments, historic sites, rivers, parkways, trails, or anything administered by the National Park Service). I'd like to have a couple versions of this one, including camping in a different park each night for two or three nights.
If this thing takes off, I'd like to get at least 2 people to help me out with getting the rules settled, verifying routes, and maintaining the subforum that will be necessary.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:47 am

I think this is an awesome idea. I'm game! Maybe we could even give away a few parts for prizes; things like engine guards, hard-to-find body accessories, grips, or new tires? I have a belly-pan with new-in-box hardware I'll add to the prize.

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Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:07 pm

That's a grand idea. A belly pan would need to be for some kind of one-time, week-long challenge.

Gift cards to Motorcycle Superstore, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, etc could also be good.
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:10 pm

fateddy wrote:That's a grand idea. A belly pan would need to be for some kind of one-time, week-long challenge.

Gift cards to Motorcycle Superstore, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, etc could also be good.
I have a couple of $50 gift cards to Motorcycle Superstore that I haven't used. I'd also pony those up too. For a $50 gift card, I'd get out and ride for a weekend challenge. ;)

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Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:48 pm

I like this Idea. Let me know if I can help. I generally ride about 200 miles on a weekend day. ( Sat or Sun). So I am in, Lets have some fun. The board has been getting a little dull lately. Lest do This.
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:12 pm

I'm in if you need a hand. If you need graphic design I can bribe the girlfriend to help as well. Sounds like fun!

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Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:50 pm

Seca Guy wrote: The board has been getting a little dull lately.
That's just winter mode. Happens every year.
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:04 pm

Speaking of winter mode...lol.

I think this is a great idea! I can't say I'm up to the challenge right now, with the weather and my bike mid-rebuild, but it sounds like a lot of fun, anyway!
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:09 pm

I'll try to get a couple ideas pulled together quickly for those of us that have mostly clear roads year round. Then I'll work on fleshing out some more complex ones.
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:41 pm

Winter is nice this year, I rode to work today.

I am really liking the scavenger hunt part of this. I would suggest having one option to take no / minimal interstates between locations and try to capture as many small towns in the shortest distance. Hopefully outside of the suburbs of a major city. Or maybe the person that can find the most town halls and museums within their own major city.
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