Dust off your bike and get ready to challenge yourself, friends, family or co-workers this October with Biketober. This cycling competition will see you enjoying better health, whilst having fun competing for some great prizes.
Biketober started a few years back as a NSW Government initiative to promote and get people to ride to work and has since grown to unite riders, co-workers and businesses across Australia.
Now, it's not your normal bike race. The fastest person isn't the winner. Instead, it's a race to accumulate points on leaderboards and you can get them in two ways - by the number of kilometres you ride and the number of people you encourage to ride.
You can cycle alone, recruit colleagues or your local club members and come together as a team. It doesn't matter if you haven't been on a bike for years. You can ride for 10-minutes or a full day, as many days or as few days as you want, it's up to you. There's no specific trail or track to ride. You can ride anywhere you like, anytime during October, at your own pace, and there's plenty of tips for riding and tons of motivation to aid you in cycling your way to the top of local and national leaderboards.
Biketober is free for all to participate. Register before 1st October (this creates your account), then it's all up to you to get on your bike and get going, cycling to your heart's content.
To learn how to encourage someone to ride (and earn extra points), click here.
Once you've racked up some kilometres, you can start logging them in your account or through cycling apps, Strava or MapMyRide. Watch your points grow over the month on leaderboards and be in the running for prizes that include bike shop gift cards, Proviz jackets and bike helmets.
Biketober ends on 31st October. After that, you will have 48hrs to finish logging your remaining rides (cut-off is 11.59pm on 2nd November). If you've already logged everything prior to the end of the month, it's still a good idea to check your profile and ensure everything has been logged and looks good.
After November, the Love to Ride team will go into full audit mode, checking all leaderboards before announcing both local and national Biketober winners.
Whether you love to ride regularly or you ride once in a blue moon, your participation in Biketober will help with family bonding, getting to know your colleagues and teams better, relieving stress, strengthening muscles and bones, and more, resulting in a happier and healthier you.
For further information, visit the Love to Ridewebsite.