If you follow this thread through the next 9 pages you can see how this challenge evolved. This chatzone thread is for discussion of your challenge rides and supporting other riders in theirs. There will be a new rides thread every year where you should post details of that year's qualifying rides. A full description of the challenge will be provided in the opening post of each year's challenge. In case any of you are wondering why we are calling this the 'Lunacy Challenge' but can't be bothered to read those 9 pages ... We settled on a target of 13 qualifying rides a year. That fits neatly with averaging approximately one every lunar month, although it is anticipated that qualifying rides in winter months will be fairly rare, but made up for by multiple such rides in the spring, summer and autumn months. A 'lunatic' was a person suffering from 'lunacy', mental health problems thought to be caused by the malign influence of the moon. Maybe you have to be just a little bit mad to take on this challenge? *************************************************************************** I do the metric century and half metric century a month challenges but I have never gone in for the imperial century a month challenge because I know that I am unlikely to do 100+ mile rides from November to February. (It is very hilly round here so our choice of routes is a bit limited if we stick to well-gritted roads at sensible elevations.) @Littgull does a modified version of the imperial a month by aiming to do 12+ imperial centuries from Spring to Autumn and then relaxing a bit in the winter. I quite like that idea. So, I'm wondering if we winter wimps should start an "I don't do Winter" challenge? If we go for this, lets keep all of the distances in one thread so we don't have gazillions of extra threads, just "I don't do Winter " challenge and "I don't do Winter" chat threads. This one can be the chat thread. I propose that these rules would apply: State your preferred distance in January. Choose a half century (metric or imperial doesn't matter, vary from month to month if you like), metric century, or imperial century. You must do at least one ride of your chosen distance every month from March to October. You must complete at least four extra rides at your chosen distance during that year. Because this is a relaxation of the strict rules, why not allow even more flexibility? If you have a 'good' reason for missing a monthly Mar-Oct ride (illness, injury, imprisonment () etc.) then just make the statement "I couldn't do this month's ride because ..." and then catch up ASAP. "I was too lazy" or "The dog ate my bike" are not good excuses; "I was 8 months pregnant with triplets" or "I broke my leg" are! This suggestion is to try and encourage people who are put off doing any of the current challenges because of winter weather, limited hours of daylight, etc. and also to offer an option to transfer 'down' into this challenge if illness or injury forced a rider to drop out of one of the full year monthly challenges. Assuming that we go ahead with this idea, then I will attempt to do the full year metric and '50' challenges PLUS the winter wimp imperial, with each ride only being counted in one challenge. If you all HATE the idea, then I'll just do my winter wimp imperial challenge with Littgull and not tell you about it! If there is some enthusiasm for the idea then I will start the threads. If you LIKE the idea, what do you think of my proposed rules? Any suggestions?