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All about the Challenge!

February 2020

Everything you need to know about the National 24 Hour Challenge!

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Contents

Did You Do All Three Steps to Register?
What Do You Want to Eat?
Know the Rules
NEW! 2020 T-shirt Design Revealed!
Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Did You Do All Three Steps to Register?

STEP ONE: Sign-up today. Go to www.BikeReg.com/national-24-hour-challenge. Registration closes at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 19, 2020. You should receive your registration confirmation email and rider number from our registrar within a week. If it has been more than a week since you signed up, and you have not received your registration confirmation email, please let us know at registration@n24hc.org.

We encourage anyone who wants Support Team services to register soon as we have a limited number of openings and the Support Team services will sell-out.

STEP TWO: Visit your profile page and send in your picture. Once you have registered, we will create your rider profile page at https://24hr.bike/. If you would like your picture on your rider profile page, please email your picture to registration@n24hc.org.

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STEP THREE: Check out who is riding! You can see all of the current registrants on https://24hr.bike/

Click on the “Top Riders” menu tab at the top of the screen, and then select “All” and you will see all of the male and female registrants as of today.

Click on the “Category” menu tab and then select your age category to see who is registered in your category.

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What Do You Want To Eat?

For the past two years, we have conducted a satisfaction survey with riders following the event to see what you liked and didn’t like about the National 24 Hour Challenge. We are thrilled to hear you like our registration, route, scoring/awards, facilities, support services, websites, social media, and volunteers. In fact, if we used a five-star rating system like some popular online retailers, we would get four or five stars in all of those categories.

However, for the past two years, riders have made it clear that our food was not four-star or five-star. We hear you and you deserve food that rates four or five stars. We need your help to make this happen! Here are the three questions we need you to answer:

1. In the past, we have offered water, oranges, and bananas at the checkpoints for all riders and crews. What food should we offer at the checkpoints – water, oranges, and bananas or something else?

2. In the past, we have had a local church provide food concessions at Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School from noon Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday morning. What food should we offer at the concession area?

3. In the past, we have provided breakfast sandwiches from McDonalds or Subway for our Sunday morning breakfast free to all riders and crews. This year, we will be doing a fresh cooked breakfast for all riders and crews on Sunday morning. What food should we offer for the Sunday morning breakfast?

Please email us at National24Hour@gmail.com with your suggestions.

This year food is one of our top priorities and with your help we’ll do everything we can to make our food four- or five-star this year. We’ll carefully consider all suggestions, but please understand we can’t serve everything to everyone and that some suggestions may be beyond our capacity.

Thanks for your help!

Know the Rules

In order to run a safe, fun, and fair event, we have some rules that you will need to follow. Click HERE to download our rules.

Let’s take a closer look at three of the rules:

Rule 6.1A NO PETS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS. No exceptions due to school policies and restrictions. Riders, crews, or spectators who bring pets will be required to leave the school grounds.

Note how we made it bold and red – there are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

Rule 4.2B HEADPHONES. Headphones or ear buds which block the ears may not be used when riding. Both ears must remain unobstructed. Riders must be able to clearly hear volunteers, police, other riders, and vehicles at all times.

With all of the changes in technology, we have written this rule to allow you to use your common sense. You are not allowed to block your ears and you must be able to clearly hear volunteers, police, other riders, and vehicles. The question we have gotten several times this year is “Are bone conduction headphones allowed?” Our response is “If they do not block your ears and you can clearly hear volunteers, police, other riders, and vehicles.” If you use your bone conduction headphones at a reasonable volume level then you should be fine.

Rule 3.2B HEADLIGHT AND TAILLIGHT. Bicycles must be equipped with a constant burning white headlight and constant burning red taillight visible from a distance of 500 feet. The headlight and taillight must be affixed to the bicycle. The headlight and taillight must not blink.

Read this rule carefully and you will see that your headlight and taillight must be mounted to your bicycle AND they cannot blink. This rule comes from the Michigan Motor Vehicle code, which are the laws that govern vehicles that use public roads in Michigan. This means that our sheriff deputies have the power enforce this law and will most often do so by asking you politely to put the proper lights on your bike.

You are welcome to use additional lights affixed to your bicycle, self, or helmet. These additional lights can be blinking and can be other colors.

NEW! 2020 T-shirt Revealed!

A big thank you goes to Jen Bancino for creating our 2020 t-shirt design. Jen is a talented graphic designer (check out her work at www.jenbancino.com) located in Michigan. Jen’s connection to the National 24 Hour Challenge is through her mother, Annette Weingate, a 10-year rider of the National 24 Hour Challenge. Annette passed away from pancreatic cancer in September 2018 and Jen volunteered her time and effort to design the 2020 t-shirt in honor of her mother. Jen’s 2020 t-shirt design captures and clearly expresses the passion her mother had for the National 24 Hour Challenge. Thank you Jen!

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions

On behalf of our board of directors and over 150 volunteers, we are looking forward to having you join us and several hundred of your cycling friends on June 20-21st! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please shoot me an email at: National24Hour@gmail.com or call (616) 953-0234.

Look for our next issue of All About the Challenge on March 20th!

Email us at: National24Hour@gmail.com or call (616) 953-0234.

Look for our next issue of All About the Challenge on February 21st!

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Gary Goscenski, Executive Director
National24Hour@gmail.com

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