Join us in the 2015 Bike Tour a Month Challenge!
Bicycle adventures come in all shapes and sizes. From epic multi-month tours on dirt roads in remote places, to shorter trips not too far from town. Since putting down some roots in Portland to get serious about promoting bicycle tourism, our trips have been of the far shorter variety. I had coffee with our friend Joshua Bryant a local frame builder in town the other day. He had just come back from a snowy bike overnight testing out his latest creation, the NFD (National Forest Development) bike. We talked briefly about the idea of doing a bike tour every month, calling it an “S24O R-12” or something like that.
20 (or 15) things I'm looking forward to in 2015 in no particular order. No. 8: An S24O each month?? Why not.
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For the non bike geeks out there “S24O” is a bike tour that you complete in less than 24 hours. You essentially ride out in the afternoon, overnight somewhere and come back the next morning. “R-12” is a term borrowed from the randonneuring community, that denotes a rider that completes a randonneuring event of 200k or longer in 12 consecutive months.
What I’m proposing is nothing as rigid or stringent, but just a little impetus to get people “out there” on the bike. Looking back (way back), I had set this as a New Year’s resolution in 2008, little did I know where it would take us. It seems like a good time to take on this resolution again. Who’s with us?!
So here’s the ground rules.
-You must complete one overnight bike trip per month for 12 consecutive months.
-Since this whole challenge thing is starting mid-January, you can double up in February.
-You can stay for more than one night.
-While tenting is preferred, an overnight to a cabin or yurt is perfectly acceptable especially in the colder months.
-Bikepacking or bike touring or bike whatevering is OK!
-There is no minimum or maximum distance you have to ride.
-You must have fun. This is not meant to be a death march.
-If you use Instagram, tag your photos #BikeTourR12 (to avoid a nonsensical hashtag like S24OR12 or something).
-Post some photos to the Bike Tour a Month Flickr Group! Prep and gear photos are totally OK and encouraged.
-Use the tag #BikeTourR12
That’s it! Again, this is really meant to just get us out there having fun.
This month, we are biking out to Stub Stewart State Park this week to stay in a cabin. We’ve toured there before and have usually treated it as the end destination. This time, we’re spending a few days there so we can use it to explore some local gravel roads. We’ll put up a separate post about that when we get back. If you want to follow along on Instagram we’re using the tag #gravelgetaway.
Meeting up with some old traveling companions. This is what a pair of 6 year old @swiftindustries panniers look like that have ridden around the country. #gravelgetaway #biketouring #oldschool
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Russ January 19, 2015 at 12:41 am
Multi-modal totally counts. Also, love the idea of a patch at the end of the year!
Jolene January 19, 2015 at 12:38 am
Oh, I would pay for a spoke card or patch if I complete the challenge! Kinda like coffeeneuring does, but better :0-)
Janet and Jay January 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm
OK, We’re in. We are still on our year-long tour so the first 7 months of this challenge will be easy!
Janet and Jay
Pam Jones January 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Us who only dream of touring will enjoy the post as well. The learning of what others pack and how they map their route make the winter months interesting.
adventure! January 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Love this idea! Though to me calling it a “bike TOUR a month” seems a little off, since I associate tour with multiple days/nights. Maybe Bike Overnight A Month? Then the acronym would be BOAM. “Hey, did you BOAM this month?” 😉
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Dick Edie January 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm
Sounds like an enjoyable challenge. I’m up for it.
Michael Holden January 26, 2015 at 7:32 am
I’m in ! We just did our January overnighter this past weekend! So much fun we may go back next weekend!
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Ed January 30, 2015 at 1:10 am
I love this idea for 2015! Although to complete it I need to get out somewhere tonight being the 30th already!!
Coastal Mountain Sport Haus January 30, 2015 at 8:26 am
We hope you include Coastal Mountain Sport Haus in that challenge once this year.
Matthew January 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Maureen Taylor February 5, 2015 at 3:29 am
I was posting some cycling group pictures and came across one of Russ and Laura from a couple of years back, when they came and stayed in Rockaway Beach. Then I saw this challenge. Since you can “intermodel” it, might I suggest a bus ride from Portland out to the Coast on the bike friendly “WAVE” bus, http://www.tillamookbus.com, $20 miles roundtrip, then a 15 mile northward trek to Sea Haven Motel (where we are very bike friendly, too)! You can even have the WAVE drop you off at our door, then start your tour fresh in the morning and tackle a ride up Nehakanie Mountain!
Deann March 6, 2015 at 10:56 am
What a cool idea! Let me turn the motivation knob up to 11 and I’ll set off!
Line March 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm
I am totally late in starting this but really excited to do it! I will start this weekend and catch up 😀
Such a great idea!
Sherri March 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm
I did not see this post before and it is now March. I will miss out on the first two months but going for 10 months but 12 trips
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Is it OK to travel via mass transit/multimodal to get out of town to start the S24O?