The 30 Days of Biking challenge is beginning its 5th year, and it’s a pretty simple concept: bike every day, without fail, for all 30 days of April. There’s no time or distance requirement, and not even a requirement to ride a certain type of bike. Whether it’s just riding around the block, to the grocery store, an adventurous singletrack mountain bike ride, or a road bike century, it all counts as riding!

But when it actually comes to completing the challenge, on the other hand, it’s not really as easy as it sounds. I first accepted the challenge in 2010, the first year it was held, and man, was it a challenge! Some days I didn’t get to bike until 11 at night, and other rides I endured despite rain, cold temperatures, damaged bikes, saddle sores, general soreness and other difficulties.

Photo taken during my first 30 Days of Biking challenge in 2010.

It was tough, but I completed the challenge, and the feeling of accomplishment was so gratifying! Ever since the 2010 challenge, I’ve wanted to see if I could step up my game while riding for another 30 days in a row. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken on the challenge again… until now!

This year, I, along with Jeff, maddslacker, skibum, mtbikerchick, and dgaddis will be tackling the #30daysofbiking challenge. I’ll be live blogging along the way, sharing my adventures and my trials with all of you, and the other blog team members will chime in from time to time as well.

Join Us!

But this isn’t just about me… I want you all to join me! We’ve set up a forum thread here so that we can all communicate about the difficulties and challenges that we’ll face, and our successes as we overcome them!

In addition to working together and sharing our #30daysofbiking adventures here on Singletracks, we’re also planning to organize a couple of Singletracks #30daysofbiking meet-ups in early April. Stay tuned for more details!

So you don’t back out once you’ve committed, 30DaysofBiking.com has opened up registration for the event, where you sign your name and pledge to complete the challenge set before you. Go ahead, sign up, and then post to the forum thread to let us know that you’re in!

I can’t wait for April to get here!

# Comments

    • Jeff Barber

      I say yes–it’s a bike!

  • Irongrave

    I’m in. It might kill me but sound like a great way to kick off the riding season and shake off the cobwebs

    • Greg Heil

      Awesome!! Welcome aboard!

  • KleinGuy

    Cool. I’m signed up! I’m only going to use the trainer as a backup bc I’d much rather be out on a trail!

    • Greg Heil

      Sweet, I can’t wait for April to get here!!

  • tarvisg

    Not mentioned anywhere but thought I would ask. Does this require that everywhere I go I must ride my bike or just ride daily?

    • Greg Heil

      The beauty of this challenge is that it is as difficult as you make it. If YOU want to ride your bike everywhere you go, you can do that! But no, for the basic challenge, all you need to do is ride your bike at least once a day. That’s it: no specific type of bike, no distance requirements, no catches… just pedaling on two wheels 😉

      Of course, I’m sure it’d be ok if you wanted to unicycle every day for 30 days too…

    • tarvisg

      Sweet, I’m in!! Its like a Strava challenge…

    • Greg Heil

      Right on, welcome aboard!

  • skibum

    I’m in as well. Sometimes it takes a challenge like this to crank up the motivation factor.

  • dgaddis

    I’m in. Good way to kick off the prep for ORAMM, which I’m sure is going to kill me haha.

  • phil05

    Would really like to, but it will depend on the snow melting rate. Trails take a few weeks here to dry, so its unlikely that ill be able to ride before mid april. Why not do the challenge in may ? :p

    • Greg Heil

      That’s what pavement is for: the few miserable times of the year when the trails are too wet to ride!

  • fretter34

    I’ve pledged! I’m excited. I hope I complete this. It’ll be a great way to kick off my season and an even better start to my 2k mile goal this year.

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