Challenge riding

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Challenge riding is a form of cycling where the riders challenge themselves rather than each other. Some challenge rides are charity events or pledge rides. Some are organised as pre- or early-season training events (sometimes in the UK called reliability trials). Others, often referred to as Randonnées, brevets or Audax events occur simply for the sake of the challenge; cyclosportive events allow cyclists to test themselves over challenging race routes used, for example, in the Tour de France (see l'Etape du Tour). Most challenge rides are open to all comers, but a few require qualification to attend.

An example of a website featuring lists of challenge rides includes Active.com (http://active.com/century_challenge/)

Challenge rides often have lengths of round, impressive sounding numbers like 100km (aka metric century), 100 miles (century), 200km (double metric century), etc., each of which is to be completed in a single day. Alternatively they start and finish at interesting locations (for example: the Los Angeles to San Francisco AIDS/LifeCycle (http://www.aidslifecycle.org/), the London-Brighton charity ride for the British Heart Foundation, and the Dunwich Dynamo). Another popular class of ride is a multi-day trip that spans a state or province, such as RAGBRAI in Iowa.

Challenge rides may be single day or multi-day. Multi-day rides can be differentiated into ones where lodging is provided or not. In the latter case, most rides will include a vehicle to carry your tent, clothing, food, etc.

See also

Brevet or randonnée

List of challenge rides

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