It has been an annual tradition for cyclists around the world to take on The Festive 500 challenge.
The rules of The Festive 500 challenge are just simple: you have to ride your bicycle between Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve and cover a total of 500 kilometers — it doesn’t matter how you ride or where you bike.
It’s not easy but you have to take note that the most important thing in doing this feat is that you have to enjoy it.
The tradition started nine years ago when cycling apparel Rapha’s former designer Graemae Raeburn biked on a cold Christmas day in England. That time, he wanted to cover 1,000 kilometers until New Year — which he did — but then realized that what he did was difficult and 500 was enough for others to do it.
The following year, in 2010, he started the inaugural #Festive500 challenge where 94 people took on the challenge. According to Rapha’s website, 82,376 people signed up last year but only 17,373 succeeded to complete it.
Fitness app Strava hosts this year’s challenge. Record your rides and those who will be able to complete will get a chance to win special prizes from Rapha and a Strava Trophy Case digital roundel.
Sign up and join the challenge to officially be part of its list of participating cyclists in this year’s The Festive 500.