the I BIKE PHL CHALLENGE
Introducing the I BIKE PHL CHALLENGE
I BIKE PHL
a new virtual bike challenge brought to you by the Bicycle Coalition and DelMoSports, sponsored by R. Emmett Madden @ The PhillyLawyers.
Register for the challenge and complete your route (or all of them!) at any point during September 2020. You’ll get to explore the infrastructure around the city & region that we’re most proud of — or if you’re not in the Philly area, you’ll get to choose your own route and show us why it’s great to bike wherever you are.
Every registration helps support our work to make the Philadelphia region a more fun and safe place for anyone to ride a bike.
Included with every registration:
1 year Bicycle Coalition membership
Already a member? Your I Bike PHL Challenge registration fee applies toward your renewal!
1 entry in the I Bike PHL Challenge raffle
Your participation gets you entered to win all kinds of rad prizes, including the big one: a brand new Fuji bike ($1200 value)
Route maps for all 5 different ride options
Downloadable turn-by-turn navigation files and cue sheets for the routes designed and tested by our team
CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE
Downloadable RideWithGPS maps and cue sheets for all five routes (below) will be sent to registered riders on September 1.
BEACH CRUISER 70 miles one way: always wanted to try biking to the shore but haven’t gotten around to it? Make this summer your summer on this very flat ride over the Ben Franklin Bridge ramp to Ocean City, NJ.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE 48 miles: Ride through East Falls to the Manayunk Bridge & Sullivan’s Bridge, both bike/pedestrian only bridges that are a direct result of the Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy. This route also includes a short loop in Valley Forge National Historical Park.
MANAYUNK LOOP 18 miles: We couldn’t make a route through Manayunk without including the infamous Wall, now could we? This route as designed takes you down it (you’re welcome), but we empower you to try the reverse direction and really get those quads roarin’.
BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE 9 miles: Pedal across the Ben Franklin Bridge ramp – another Bicycle Coalition advocacy win. Bonus points if you do it in a cargo bike like Simon Firth & our founder John Dowling (pictured left)
FAIRMOUNT FUN LOOP 9 miles: a great option for riders who love Fairmount Park but usually stick to the Schuylkill River Trail, this route will take you around the perimeter of the Park and past some treasures like the Bicycle Coalition Education Center at Sedgley Porter House!
FREESTYLE 140, 70, 48, 18, or 9 miles: this one’s for all y’all who love the Bicycle Coalition but are out on two wheels elsewhere. Ride the mileage of any of our I Bike PHL Challenge routes wherever you are, and submit your Strava maps to us if you want to be entered into the contest for most creative route design. Our judges miiight be biased toward Philly-themed routes, so outlining 18 miles in the shape of Gritty or a cheesesteak could be a winning idea.
LIBERTY BELL TROPHY as many miles as you’ve got in you: complete each of the I Bike PHL Challenge routes (excluding the Freestyle option) as many times as you can throughout September to join the race for the coveted Liberty Bell Trophy. The person who rides the most miles using the I Bike PHL Challenge routes wins!
You must track your rides on Strava, RideWithGPS, or another activity tracking app to be eligible for the Liberty Bell Trophy.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners who helped us get creative and put together an event that is both celebratory and safe.