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National Bike Challenge 2014 / Rust Cup

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PghDragonMan

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Mar 11 2014 at 10:08am #

Is the Rust Cup in play again this year? Even more importantly, will OTB be offering incentives to rack up the miles again?

Even though the Bike Challenge does not officially kick off until May, registration is open. Register now, before you forget to do it!


Drewbacca

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Mar 11 2014 at 10:18am #

No rush. The site is really buggy still.

Any idea if they are going to route the challenge through endomondo again? Or are we going to be forced to go to the Bike Challenge page?

https://nationalbikechallenge.org/


J Z

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Mar 11 2014 at 10:29am #

Thanks for posting this. I still log on Endomondo through the old National Bike Challenge page, just for myself.


Mr. Destructicity

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Mar 11 2014 at 1:01pm #

It looks like you can either sync your data with Endomondo, MapMyRide, or Moves, or enter them right at the National Bike Challenge site.

This year I have started My Own Team, With Blackjack and Hookers. Anyone is welcome to join.


Drewbacca

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Mar 11 2014 at 2:24pm #

Mr. Destructicity wrote:It looks like you can either sync your data with Endomondo, MapMyRide, or Moves, or enter them right at the National Bike Challenge site.

I’m currently syncing, since you can’t actually enter it into endomondo (I used endomondo as standalone last year, I never visited the NBC page at all). It looks like now you have to go to the NBC page to actively sync? I guess we’ll see.

The syncing itself is fine, but I have to go to the other page in order to do it. I preferred just logging at endomondo and not worrying about it beyond that.


stefb

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Mar 11 2014 at 6:00pm #

I may jump ship from the tagorama team.


Drewbacca

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Mar 11 2014 at 8:08pm #

stefb wrote:I may jump ship from the tagorama team.

I jumped from flock, as I’m trying to encourage a group in Illinois at the moment. I’ll probably switch back halfway through (for the sake of the rust-cup) after I’ve helped get it off the ground here. With any luck, I’ll actually be back in PA then.


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 12 2014 at 6:34am #

I’m still logging miles through the old Endomondo campaign/national page. It works fine as a logging mechanism. I’m hoping I don’t have to log miles in two places, and also hoping I don’t lose what I’ve put into it, like I did for Jan-Feb 2012.


PghDragonMan

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Mar 16 2014 at 8:55am #

As others have pointed out, yes, Endomondo is a logging option.

But as to the other two important questions:

Free Beer from OTB?

Rust Belt Cup?

Does anyone know the answer? I mean, we can really work up a thirst defending out title ;-{)}

PS
There’s enough interest where I work we may be fielding a team.


danny.yabs

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Mar 17 2014 at 9:00am #

Free beer? Yes.

Rust Belt Cup? Yes, definitely. Bike Cleveland has already issued a proclamation of war. The 2014 Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes is on.

As you can see, the new platform is completely different. The League in building their own site. The scoring will still be the same.

One of the biggest changes is that you can now form different leagues among teams and/or workplaces, which will make a few new arenas for competition…but its taking them forever to launch the local challenge page….which makes planning our outreach a little difficult.

Thanks for picking this up.


jonawebb

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Mar 17 2014 at 9:48am #

I’m just not seeing how this gets serious. Cheating is far too easy. What’s to prevent someone from just typing in lots of miles to help their city win the challenge? Do you really trust Clevelanders not to do this? Look at the Browns.
OTOH, I am close to having the Rust Belt Crown 400K approved. This will be a permanent, meaning you will be able to ride it any time you want, after getting the controle card from me. So honest cyclists can rack up lots of points by riding back and forth between Neville Island and Cleveland. (It will be a reversible route, so Clevelanders will be able to start and finish on their end.)


byogman

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Mar 17 2014 at 10:31am #

There’s nothing at stake, so no, it’s not serious, but that’s also why I don’t expect cheating to be a major problem.

The desire to track things for yourself or be a part of something… these are the reasons to sign up, and they’re internal, not external, types of motivation. Knowing that you’re cheating undercuts those feelings, it defeats the purpose of participating at all. The sort of person who’d choose to participate probably would not be all that inclined to cheat.

Not to say it won’t happen in some cases, but I don’t foresee a large scale problem with it.


PghDragonMan

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Mar 24 2014 at 11:18am #

Hey, if it is fun, if it involves biking, I’m in. If it involves free brews, I’m even more in! I’m certainly not a mileage leader, but I’ll be ding my share.


jonawebb

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Mar 24 2014 at 11:45am #

Hey, my RustBelt Crown 400K Permanent is up! This would be a great way to accumulate miles for the RustBelt Crown, or to stretch your legs before Crush the Commonwealth etc.
It’s a 400K ride starting in Neville Island and running up to the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail in Cleveland, then back.
You can arrange to ride it any time. Just contact me in advance to print a controle card.
More info at http://www.rusa.org/cgi-bin/permview_GF.pl?permid=2295.
BTW the route is here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4234381.
I also have a good cue sheet, better than the one RideWithGps generates, which I’ll provide to riders.

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