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Why would a bicyclist try to ride for 24 hours? Beginning bicyclists find a ten mile bicycle ride is just about right for some nice recreational exercise. It's good outdoor fun.. But like any activity, the more you do it, the better you become. Ten miles soon builds into 20, 40, and up. For bicycling enthusiasts all over the country, 100 miles is a nice Saturday or Sunday "century" ride.

Once bicyclists are able to do a century, some might try a double century. For others the next step might be to see how far they can go in a day. Not everyone can complete in the Olympics, but anyone can set a goal and try to achieve it. Our riders not only amaze their friends, they amaze themselves !

Practically none
of these bicyclists are full-time athletes. Men and women from all walks of life have participated and excelled. "Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary goals. You don't have to be elite to be successful.", said Michael Shermer of La Canada, California in 1988.

The participants ride for medals in 5 year solo age classes, 18 to 75+ (M/F) as well as 3 tandem classes (MM/MF/FF), 3 recumbent classes (M/F/T) and one hand cycle class. Enameled mileage pins, in 50 mile increments, reward riders who complete over 200 miles. Riders who return and accumulate 1000 miles at the Challenge earn a 1000 Mile Jersey. 

As of 2013, 
   
  • 735 riders completed 1000 miles, 
  • 225 have over 2000 miles,
  •  95 have over 3000 miles,
  •  42 have over 4000 miles,
  •  25 have over 5000 miles,
  •   9 have over 6000 miles,
  •    5 have over 7000 miles and
  • James Hlavka, of Racine,Wisconsin, rode 27 years and has over 10,000 miles

  • While all riders get their names in the event's Record Book, some riders set their sights on a Personal Best, an age group record, winning Overall High Mileage or breaking the OHM record.