All about the Challenge!

January 2020

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



Time to Register
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
NEW! WUCA North American 24-Hour National Championship
NEW! Teams
NEW! Elliptigo Class
Announcements and Thanks
Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Time to Register

Registration is now open for the 38th annual National 24-Hour Challenge on June 20-21, 2020. What are you waiting for? If you are waiting for an invitation, consider this your invitation to accept the challenge!

All registrations must be made through BikeReg.com/national-24-hour-challenge. Registration closes at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 19, 2020.

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.

We will not be mailing printed brochures, so be sure to download the 2020 Registration Information from N24HC.org and forward this email to your friends.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Have you signed up for the 2020 National 24 Hour Challenge? If you have, then you should have received your registration confirmation email and rider number from our registrar. 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.

Once you have registered, we will create your rider profile page at 24hr.bike. If you would like your picture on your rider profile page, please email your picture to registration@n24hc.org.

Jessop Keene2017 USA 24-Hour Champion, riding at the 2018 National 24 Hour Challenge.

NEW! WUCA 2020 North American 24-Hour Championship

The 2020 National 24 Hour Challenge has been selected as the World Ultra Cycling Association’s 2020 North American 24-Hour Championship event! We are honored to once again be unanimously selected by the board of the World Ultra Cycling Association as their North American 24-Hour Championship event, having served as the championship event most recently in 2017.

If you would like to be eligible for the 2020 North American 24-Hour Championship, you must be a member of the World Ultra Cycling Association. To become a World Ultra Cycling Association member, go to https://worldultracycling.com/join-the-world-ultra-cycling-association/

The 2020 North American 24-Hour male and female champions will receive their championship jerseys at the National 24 Hour Challenge award ceremony on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Take your challenge to the next level and join the World Ultra Cycling Association and compete for the 2020 North American 24-Hour Championship at the National 24 Hour Challenge!

Rock n Road Team

NEW! Teams

Every year, we are asked if the National 24 Hour Challenge has a teams category. We have all sorts of categories such as father/son, sibling/sibling, and family, so it only made sense that we should add a teams category.

A National 24 Hour Challenge team consists of five riders and may include any combination of upright, recumbent, tandem, handcycle or Elliptigo bicycles. All five riders must be registered individually as National 24 Hour Challenge participants by May 1, 2020.

The team captain will register the team by May 1, 2020. During team registration, the team captain must identify all five riders on the team. The team captain must be one of the riders on the team. Once identified, the riders on the team cannot be changed.

All five riders must start the event at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. At least four of the five team riders must have completed the Day Loop at least 3 times (150 miles) by 9:00 p.m. Saturday to be eligible for team scoring. The team mileage will be the combined mileage of the 4 team riders who have ridden the farthest as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday. The team with the highest team mileage will receive an award at the awards ceremony Sunday morning.

There is no additional cost for the teams category.

How to Register Your Team:

1. Be sure all five riders have registered individually for the National 24 Hour Challenge at BikeReg.com/national-24-hour-challenge.

2. The team captain sends an email to registration@n24hc.org with the following information: your team name (no more than 3 words) and the names of all five riders on your team. You will receive a confirmation email from the National 24 Hour Challenge registrar confirming your team registration.

Remember, all five team riders must be registered individually by May 1, 2020 and the email from the team captain must be received by May 1, 2020.

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

We are excited to see how the teams category motivates you and your teammates to all achieve your best at the 2020 National 24 Hour Challenge!

NEW! Elliptigo Class

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new class for Elliptigo stand up bicycles at the 2020 National 24 Hour Challenge.


From the Elliptigo.com website, “Stand Up cycling combines the best of running, cycling and the elliptical trainer to give you a fun and effective way to exercise outdoors. Because it is a low-impact exercise, Stand Up cycling builds cardiovascular fitness, while being easy on the joints, which makes it great for everyone – young or old, health conscious to elite. Stand Up cycling is a great way to revolutionize your fitness.”

Everyone at the National 24 Hour Challenge is excited to welcome Elliptigo riders and especially thank Jean “Didi” Schenck for sharing her boundless enthusiasm for Elliptigo bicycles and her desire to achieve her personal best at the 2020 National 24 Hour Challenge along with all of her Elliptigo friends!

Announcements and Thanks

We have posted our updated 2020 rules at n24hc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/official-rules-national-24-hour-challenge-1.04-1-12-2020.pdf. Included in this update are new rules for teams, revisions to the rules about the course reflecting the new day loop and night loop, and revisions to the rules about checkpoints reflecting the change to two checkpoints and using RFID scanning.

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We have released an updated registration information packet at n24hc.org/registration/. We have added additional information about the new teams category and the new Elliptigo class.

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We were informed of the passing of Algie Murphy in December. Algie was a 27-year veteran of the National 24 Hour Challenge, pedaling over 6,000 miles. Algie was well-known and beloved for his friendship and support of other riders, and his commitment to the spirit of achieving your personal best. He will be missed.

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Thanks to rider Gregory Lorencz for converting the new Day Loop and Night Loop to Strava format. You can find the map files at n24hc.org/event/maps-and-rules/.

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.

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

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


Gary Goscenski, Executive Director

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