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)(Upright and Recumbent combined) as well as 3 tandem classes (MM/MF/FF) and one hand cycle class. Enameled mileage pins, in 50 mile increments, reward riders who complete 200 or more miles. Riders who return and accumulate 1000 miles at the Challenge earn a 1000 Mile Jersey.
The course has changed over the years, but remains, as Bicycling Magazine once reported, “One of the ten toughest one-day bicycling events in the USA”