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The TdF Challenge ended on Sunday, and we are thrilled with how it went! Thank you for being a part of this; it was a lot of fun for us to watch everyone push themselves and put in long days in the saddle. Together we rode 223,049 miles (358,964 km)!
We've spent the last few days digging through all of your ride data to come up with a list of riders we'd like to publicly recognize and award prizes to.
Everyone mentioned below will soon be the proud owner of a Ride with GPS water bottle, t-shirt, or premium account (or some combination!).
Completed the Full TdF Challenge, riding 2172.9 miles in 23 days!
- bikenh: 2,175 miles (3,500 km). For the first week or two bikenh was the only rider uploading data frequently enough to consistently be ahead of the game for the full TdF. We watched closely and were absolutely blown away at how much riding he did (especially during all the hot weather).
- Erco Argante: 2,210 miles (3,556 km). He got his miles in by riding in the Tour de Concorde, where he actually rode the full Tour de France! The riders raised over 100,000 euro to fight cancer. Congratulations Erco!
- Jeffrey Timm: 2,253 miles (3,627 km). This is the most distance anyone completed, barely inching past Erco! Nice work!
- wrightcycle: 2,189 miles (3,523 km). Back on the podium! Last time we saw wrightcycle was when he won our most-miles competition back in April by riding 681 miles (1096 km) in one week.
Fastest average speed
- Full TdF: Jeffrey Timm, averaging 16.9 mph (27 kph) over 2,253 miles (3,627 km).
- 1/2 TdF: Chris Dittmore, averaging 18.36 mph (30 kph) over 1,758 miles (2,830 km). Chris did the TdF while riding across America - good luck on the rest of your trip!
- 1/4 TdF: northEndBent, averaging a blazingly-fast 22.07 mph (36 kph) over 562 miles (905 km)! How do you get that fast? On a recumbent! We have quite the community of recumbent riders using Ride with GPS, and clearly some of them are very fast.
- 1/4 TdF runner up: The Digital Jedi makes the list for fastest average speed in the 1/4 TdF for a standard bike. Let's face it, we can't compete head to head with these recumbent riders! The Digital Jedi came impressively close though with an average speed of 21.2 mph (34.1 kph).
Highest average VAM
- Full TdF: Erco Argante with an average VAM of 506.48 over 2,210 miles (3,556 km).
- 1/2 TdF: perryjudd with an average VAM of 788.2 over 1,179 miles (1897 km). Looks like perryjudd did his riding in France and Italy, getting this impressive VAM figure by doing incredible rides like this one.
- 1/4 TdF: rui manuel with an average VAM of 1055.8!
Most climbing per mile/km
- Full TdF: Erco Argante climbed a jaw-dropping 159,225 ft (48,531 m) in a similarly impressive 2,210 miles (3,556 km). This is 72 feet of climbing for every mile (or 13.6 meters for every km). What can we say though, he rode the actual TdF! Check out this brutal mountain stage logged by Erco.
- 1/2 TdF: cmc climbed nearly as much as Erco in 700 fewer miles, ascending 158,084 ft (48184 m) in "only" 1,504 miles (2,422 km). This comes out to an impressive 105 feet of climbing for every mile (or 19.9 meters for every km). Most of his rides are private, but take a look at the elevation profile for his last ride of the challenge. Can't be too surprised about winning this category with rides like that!
- 1/4 TdF: Kraken did a lot of climbing in July, ascending 46,317 ft (14,117 m) in 557 miles (896 km). Pretty impressive as it is more climbing per mile than the actual TdF, coming out to 83 feet per mile (or 15.7 meters per km).
Everyone that logged enough miles to qualify for the 1/4 TdF challenge (a minimum of 543.2 miles or 874.3 km) was entered into a list, and we generated random numbers to pull out 8 winners for the lottery! If you're on this list, this means you've won something!
- PeterBKay, riding 938 miles (1,510 km).
- dru, riding 563.6 miles (907 km).
- Joe Cipale, riding 658 miles (1,059 km).
- AZBob, riding 554.3 miles (892 km).
- Michael K., riding 582.5 miles (937 km).
- Henoch Getz, riding 650.3 miles (1,047 km).
- Aleah Van Woert, riding 562.4 miles (905 km).
- Dan Olexio, riding 675.5 miles (1,087 km).
The TdF Challenge was fun, motivating, and inspiring for us. If you have any stories about your experience with the challenge that you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to hear what your experience was like.
Our next challenge is starting soon, so come join it! Hot Summer Nights is all about getting time in the saddle and enjoying those long hot August days. The challenge will last 3 weeks, (from Aug 4 through Aug 26) and you can choose from 15, 30, or 60 hour challenges. The 30 hour challenge works out to being slightly less demanding than the 1/4 TdF. We're hoping to motivate the more casual riders or those with a busy August schedule to at least get out there with the 15 hour challenge, and for those of you that are ready to step up and complete something roughly on par with the 1/2 TdF challenge, join the 60 hour!
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