Great Cycle Challenge USA

Great Cycle Challenge (https://greatcyclechallenge.com/) USA encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved - be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle. (PRNewsfoto/Children's Cancer Research Fund)

The Great Cycle Challenge encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved – be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle.

Founded in 2015, Great Cycle Challenge USA has quickly grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. Over the past three years, more than 76,000 riders from 50 states have ridden 5 million miles while raising $9 million to support childhood cancer research. This year’s goal is for 48,000 riders to raise $5.5 million.

Mileage and fundraising are made easy through the Great Cycle Challenge app. Miles can also be tracked with MapMyRideStrava or added manually. Riders who register by April 20 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Specialized bike retailed at $4,200, and those who raise $500 will receive a 2018 Great Cycle Challenge USA jersey.

Great Cycle Challenge (https://greatcyclechallenge.com/) USA encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved - be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle. (PRNewsfoto/Children's Cancer Research Fund)

The event benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Starting April 3, cyclists of all ages and abilities can register for the month-long event at GreatCycleChallenge.com.

To help riders connect with each other and boost motivation, Great Cycle Challenge USA now offers participants the ability to create and join group rides during the month of June. Riders can search for group rides in their area at greatcyclechallenge.com and meet other GCC riders in their local community.

Are you participating in a non-profit ride this year? We want to hear about it in the comments below!

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Cyclofemme May 13: Join women around the globe and celebrate cycling

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On May 13th Women from around the world are invited to join together and ride bikes. For a list of rides in your area, or start your own go here.

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Cyclofemme is partnered with World Bicycle Relief to raise funds and open the world for schoolgirls in Zambia, and empower the next generation. You can pitch in $147 as a team and give a girl a bike. Links on social media will make it easy to fundraise on ride day. Or start a fundraising page of your own.

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We love the Cyclofemme motto: “WE BELIEVE that strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature, and to yourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage, and strength is amplified when we unite.”

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Fundraiser for Chris Igleheart this Friday in Portland

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Chris Igleheart is one of the longest-tenured and most-respected names in custom framebuilding. From building his own bikes to working under contract with brands like Cielo, Chris has built some amazing bikes. He even appeared in a two-page spread in Issue #11.

Recently Chris was hit by a car in Portland and fractured his left tibia. Swobo, Rapha, Chris King and other Portland-area businesses are all kicking in to host a fundraising party on his behalf to help offset medical costs. We hear he is going to be ok but has a long way to go before he can work or ride a bike again.

Learn more after the jump. Read the full story

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