Hi, my name is Cam and welcome to the 1000 Mile Cycle Challenge.
Let me tell a quick story about why I started this web site and the challenge that goes along with it.
When the Pandemic started in 2020 I was a full time stay at home dad with two active boys under age 10.
In March of that year, my family had gone on a vacation with my in-laws in a rented home on the beach.
My father-in-law was helping unload the checked luggage from the minivan that we had rented.
That’s when I came to a realization that would permanently change my view about weight loss.
The realization was this: every piece of luggage I carried up to the front door weighed roughly 40 to 50 pounds…the same amount of weight that I had gained since the end of college.
Yet there I was in my mid 40s, lugging 50 pound bag after 50 pound bag thinking…I’m gained this much weight and I’ve been carrying it around with me for years.
That’s when I realized that if my weight was going to change…I would have to change.
Fast forward to later that year.
Initially I started losing weight by eliminating wheat and foods containing wheat from my diet.
That helped me lose around 10 pounds.
But then I plateaued.
Later towards the summer of that year and early fall I decided to get out of my rut and back into the saddle…meaning I started riding my road bike on a stationary magnetic trainer in the unfinished part of my basement.
At that point I had considered myself an intermediate cyclist and had completed a solo century ride years prior when my first child was born.
Years passed and parenthood took over.
I stopped riding my road bike.
I started gaining weight.
During one indoor ride I remember zoning out the Netflix show and thinking to myself…I’ve been logging 20 to 30 miles per ride while I’m watching shows in my free time…I wonder how many miles I can pile on in let’s say the season of autumn.
So that’s what I did.
I kept riding and logging miles.
Pretty soon I was passing 300 hundred miles…500 miles…600 miles, etc.
Then the next AHA moment hit me…how can I get to 1000 miles in three months.
Over the next two years I started chasing that goal of riding 1000 miles in 90 days but never really locked onto the goal seriously.
That is until I started up an Instagram account called the 1000MileCycleChallenge and started posting updates about my rides, my bike, what gear I was using and how I was tracking my miles.
People started to notice and likewise started following my Instagram.
Then I realized that I needed to start sharing my goal and created the #1000MileCycleChallenge hashtag.
People all over the world started tagging me in posts and using the hashtag.
So…I took it a step further and created a club in Strava with the same name.
Lo and behold, people started joining the riding club on Strava.
And did they ride!
It wasn’t long before the club had over a hundred people and all together those riders started cranking out hundreds of miles…sometimes thousands of miles as a group every single week.
After seeing the activity of people all over the world…each with the common goal of biking 1000 miles in 90 days was humbling.
Personally, after watching the success of others it has inspired me to continue riding…and at the time of this writing…having logged over 2000 miles on my own since I started in 2020.
Which brings me to you.
Why are you here?
Are you a cyclist?
Are you stuck in a rut?
Do you need to get back into the routine of riding every day?
Do you want to get back in shape?
Do you want to prove to yourself that you can reach a big goal?
If so, I invite you to begin your journey and join the 158+ riders who have already made a commitment.
Join the #1000MileCycleChallenge today.