Posted on May 10, 2021 by LeLan Dains, Director

It’s National Bike Month! That gets us excited over here in the Visit Emporia office. We absolutely love riding all year, not just in May, and we wanted to bring home a challenge with some sweet incentives to encourage you to do some of your riding with us here in Emporia. Whether you are a recreational cyclist or cramming in those last rides before UNBOUND Gravel, you’ll want to ride in Emporia. That’s why we created the #RideMoreEmporia National Bike Month Challenge. Ok, take a deep breath and let’s dive into what that is exactly!

We have partnered up with Ride Spot in order to bring you an easy to use platform for tracking rides, and more importantly, your challenge progress. You can’t participate without it. Good news, the app is free and super easy to use. Click right here for their website or search for it on your mobile device. So, step 1 is to create an account with Ride Spot and download the app. If you don’t want to download the app, that’s ok as well! Just create a free account from their website and you can upload your rides from any other device.

Next, start riding your bike. To complete the challenge you will need to ride your bike 5 times (yes, just 5!). But, all of your rides must begin, pass through, or end from within 1-mile of the Visit Emporia / Trusler Business Center at 719 Commercial Street. Which means downtown Emporia. Rides that do not pass through this point will not qualify. Also, rides must be at least 5 miles in order to constitute a ride. Pretty simple, huh?

You’ve got from now until Sunday, June 6th to complete these five rides and have them recorded or uploaded to Ride spot. The first 50 to do so are eligible to get a custom #RideMoreEmporia sticker. You can pick that up here at our office or we’d be happy to mail it to you. Everyone that completes the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. That money can be used at participating retailers, eateries and more here in Emporia.

And to make it all the easier, there are local group rides throughout the week that begin right here in downtown Emporia that you can join and the weekends are open and ready for riding! Stay a night or two with us and you just might be able to knock out all these rides in a couple of days!

In case you missed the link up top, here is the link again for the challenge. Check it out, let us know if you have any questions, and then come #RideMoreEmporia!

LeLan Dains, Director

Director, Visit Emporia