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The CycleChat Monthly Challenges

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by Shaun, 6 Jan 2016.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    I've created this sub-forum so that everyone participating in the monthly challenges can edit their thread posts indefinitely. :okay:

    It'll save me having to adjust individual user accounts (to grant the editing permission) and you can create additional chat threads and challenges if you need them without worrying about overwhelimg the informal rides forum. ^_^

    Chapeau to all of you who participate and may the god of cycling winds always be at your back. :laugh:

    Oh, and well done to all those who've racked-up a few of these in previous years! full?d=1443009817.jpg

    Shaun :biggrin:
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  2. Katherine

    Katherine Staff Member Staff Member

    Thank you.
    We still need the colours of the stars sorting out. The metric century people should be given something.
  3. Thanks for the sub forum.

    This "editing posts" thing could get confusing. Up to the end of 2014 the metric challenge was one long rolling thread, with people just adding new posts. We continued with this to 2015 when it got an annual thread. I (and a few others) quite like the "new post per ride" approach because you get a notification with each new entry.

    But I know that the traditional approach for the imperial is to edit posts. As you can only log one ride per month in that challenge, it makes sense.

    The "rules" section for the metric challenge actually stipulates that you need to add a new post, so I think I'll carry on as before.
    Last edited: 6 Jan 2016
  4. Brandane

    Brandane Rain magnet.

    I should hope so too, given that a metric century is 62.2 miles :okay:.
  5. Sbudge

    Sbudge Cyclist

    Firstly, a big 'thank you' for these challenges. They're great fun and a real motivator for those weeks when the spirit is weak.

    Secondly, how about an equivalent climbing challenge for those of us daft enough to feel the 'pull' of the hills? You could have kilo (1000m in a ride), imperial (1 mile of ascent), double kilo etc? Just a thought.
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  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming

    Well start a thread then.
  7. That's a good idea.

    I have to admit that the imperial century a month challenge this year has made me become a bit of an expert in seeking out flat routes. When I was doing the metric version last year I was much more hilly-minded.
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  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    The problem with climbing is how to measure it. If you plot a route on 3 different websites and then get 3 riders with different GPS devices to ride it, you would probably end up with 6 different figures, with differences of 25% or more.

    I think we would have to agree that one particular website must be used to measure the amount of climbing e.g. RideWithGPS or Strava. It would have to be one that is free to use.

    An awful lot of my rides have over 1,000 metres of climbing, many a mile (1,609 metres), several every year have 2,000 metres and the odd one has more than 2,500 metres so I would knock up quite a few climbing points!
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    Thing to consider is although a lot of people use Strava, a lot of others don't, myself included. Same with RWGPS, of which I do use. So to enter the challenge then everyone will have to agree to just the one site (which won't happen) or to sign up to both.
  10. I don't know if we'd need to be so anal as to have one reference means of measurement. As these challenges are a bit of fun, I'd imagine that if you have a bona-fide measuring device, be it a garmin whatever then that will do. You'd only be cheating yourself otherwise.

    Personally I wouldn't log every ride but - like the imperial century a month challenge - if I had a climbing target that I had to match at least once a month (2,000m springs to mind) then I'd happily log one qualifying ride. It could add a bit of spice to my "big ride" plans.
  11. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    In fact I have just realised. I don't log all my rides on RWGPS either. I only use it for route mapping.

    What I suggest is seeing as the majority of people use Garmin, then take the elevations from Garmin Connect.
  12. This is where it would get difficult. I've been using Garmins of various descriptions since 2002, yet I don't have a clue what Garmin Connect even is! (Yeah, I know it's a website, but I don't think I've ever visited it).

    The imperial and metric century challenges don't insist on web-based proof that you've ridden that distance. I often keep my rides private, so I wouldn't be entering if they did.

    I'd be perfectly happy with an "honour" system. But that's just one opinion..
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  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    Me too
  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I not only don't use Strava or RWGPS, but I don't use Garmin Connect either. In fact, I have just discovered that since I upgraded my laptop to Win 7, my Garmin won't connect anyway ... :laugh:

    I'm not really that bothered about accuracy, but imagine doing the distance challenges where every km that you claimed could actually be anywhere between (say) 750 metres and 1,300 metres. :whistle:

    If you were to keep changing the method then you might as well guess the numbers. If you stick to one method then you can keep track of your own progress, which is what the challenges are all about really. I know damn well that my metric centuries are much harder than those in Cheshire or Lincolnshire but that doesn't bother me because I am not trying to 'beat' anybody from those areas, I am just trying to get a certain amount of riding done.

    Here's my suggestion - before you start doing a personal climbing challenge, specify how you will be measuring the climbs and then stick with that method.
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  15. Are you sure? ;) I bet that secretly, deep down inside mild-mannered @ColinJ , lurks ... dum-dum-dummmm Mr Competitive!
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