The 2016 Half Century (50 km or 50 mile) A Month Challenge


It's a puzzle ...
People have been asking about the 2016 edition of the challenge so I am starting a new thread for it now. I will update it with details soon.

THIS THREAD IS FOR RIDE REPORTS ONLY - discussions should take place over in THIS chat thread,

There were already challenge threads for monthly imperial centuries (100 mile rides) and metric centuries (100 km or 62.14 mile rides). I thought it would be a nice idea to come up with an easier challenge for those who don't have the time, energy or inclination to do the longer rides so I created the half century challenge in 2015. It was a success, so by popular request, it will take place again every year from now on

Your challenge is to do at least one half century ride every calendar month of the year. You can arbitrarily choose to do 50 km (31.07 mile) or 50 mile rides in any given month depending on how you feel at the time, what the weather is like, and how much free time you have. If you fail to do one or the other, then your challenge has come to an end and will have to be restarted later. If you start off on one of the century challenges, but fail for some reason, you can always drop down into this challenge and keep on going!

You can start when you like, but I suggest that (in keeping with the other 2 challenges) a bronze star can be awarded for those who do a half century every month from January to December. (Currently, the imperial century riders get a gold star, and it has been suggested that the metric century riders will get a silver star. These are small graphics which can be displayed in the signature line under your posts.)

If you would like to keep a points tally, award yourself 1 point for a 50 km ride, 2 points for 50 miles, 3 points for 100 km or 4 points for 100+ miles. Obviously one ride can only score one lot of points.

I hope that this challenge is feasible for most of you. I know that 100+ km can seem an awfully long way for many cyclists, so perhaps 50+ km would be a more approachable challenge.

The imperial century riders use one system for reporting their rides but we have adopted a different one. Each ride merits a brief report in this thread including: Date of ride, distance ridden, route taken, number of points earned (if you are bothering to keep track of them), elevation gain on ride (if you want to track that).

For ride reports after the first one, take a copy of your previous ride report post and put that in a new post with details of your latest ride added after that.

Optionally, finish each report post with your accumulated distance, and/or points and/or elevation gain for the year so far. Take a look at THIS PAGE from the 2015 thread and you will get the idea.

Enjoy the challenge! :okay:
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Jan 1st 33 miles 1 point
Anstey , Rothley , Gaddesby ,Anstey


Legendary Member
1st January 2016. 54km.

Denmark. Sonder Vilstrup - Øsby- Haderslev - Moltrup - Sonder Vistrup.

Steve 1 point. Jannie 1 point

22nd January 57.4km

Denmark...-5 bloody cold.

Steve 1 2

25th February

Denmark..57km...+7 degrees...thats 12 degrees warmer than my January ride ^_^

3 points
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January 1
76km (47.2 miles) - 1 point
Loop from home - Lilley - Hexton - Shillington - Shefford - Henlow - Stotford - Letchworth - Hitchin - Preston - Breachwood Green - downtown Luton - Farley Hill.

ETA: If I'd read the rules beforehand, I've have done a few loops to top up to 50 miles!


11th - Loop from Carlisle through Dalston and near Gt Orton then to Parents and home.
33.2 miles - Strava + Strava

13th - Carlisle - Dalston (for chips) back round the Carlisle bypass - out through Rickerby Park - Warwick Bridge - Home.
32.0 miles - Strava

7th - Aimless wandering near home.
31.1 miles - Strava

9th - Clockwise around Arran
55 miles - Strava

8th - Out to Birdoswald fort and back
38.9 miles - Strava

5th - Loop past the airport, to Hethersgill and Roweltown and back.
36.3 miles - Strava

14th - Whitehaven to Carlisle along Route 72
59.4 miles - Strava

15th - To Long Meg stone circle and back via Kirkoswald and Armathwaite
42.1 miles - Strava

5th - Chasing the Tour of Britain!
44 miles - Strava

9th - Local roads
33 miles - Strava


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Never used Über Member
1st Jan 2016
50.41 miles - Wetherby, Spofforth, Knaresborough, Kirk Deighton, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Bramham, Aberford, Garforth and then home.
2 points

3rd Jan 2016
51.99 km
- Bramham, Clifford, Boston Spa, Thorp Arch, Walton, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Clifford, Bramham, Aberford, Barwick-in-Elmet, Scholes and home
1 point

Running total: 3 points :okay:

Reports in the 'Your ride today' thread.
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