They’re here: The 2011 Summer Games

This Friday, the cycling event of the summer begins! We couldn’t be more excited about hosting the Summer Games again this year—and giving out some wonderful prizes for you players out there.

Things are a little different this year. Instead of three separate parts, we’re asking you to complete 4 out of 10 of the events from the list below between July 22 and August 8. Once you have completed your events, there are two ways to enter:

1) Email us links to your blog posts detailing the activities; or

2) Email us your story and photographs [LGRAB@letsgorideabike.com].

Please use the subject line [Summer Games]. At any time, you can also upload your photos to our Summer Games Flickr pool. By entering, you give us permission to publish your content here.

  • on vacation? rent a bike and go for a ride!
  • write a letter advocating for bicycling infrastructure (bike lanes, bike rack, etc) to your alderman/council representative, mayor, or a local business.
  • take a picture of something along your commute that says “summer” to you, and explain why
  • commute to work by bike or bike/transit if you don’t already
  • perform a maintenance task on your bike
  • explore a greenway or bike path in your city that you haven’t previously visited
  • test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride (road bike, mountain bike, etc.)
  • read a book about cycling
  • ride your bike somewhere new in your city
  • go on a group ride

We will draw for prizes from among the entrants who have completed at least four events. So start planning, and drooling over our prize page.

Major thanks to all the sponsors who are helping us spread the bike love!


 

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59 thoughts on “They’re here: The 2011 Summer Games

  1. Jaclyn says:

    Great timing! I ordered a Workcycles Oma from Clever Cycles, and it is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! I guess that leaves me no excuse not to participate. :) The only thing is, I wasn’t able to drool over the prize page because the link didn’t work. But if the listed sponsors are the ones providing the prizes, I’m sure they are all drool-worthy indeed.

  2. Julie says:

    I am bringing it! I’m already getting anxiety attacks over all the fun stuff I have to choose from this weekend, why not add this to my to-do list.

  3. Yay, I’m thrilled I’ll be able to participate. I thought I’d miss it since I’m traveling sans bike (did have a bike trip planned during though).

  4. Wendy says:

    Woo! I’ve been waiting all summer for this! I’m newly back on a bike after years of fear following a bad fall. I’ve been looking for ways to celebrate this re-found joy (as if a 100k ride in September isn’t enough) and am really happy to see what new things I learn and experience though participating.

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  6. Simply Bike says:

    Yay, I love the summer games! Although I’m not sure that I’ll be able to participate much (given that I’ll be in labor at some point during that time period :) ) I will definitely help spread the word on my blog and to my readers. And I’ll be excitedly following along with the entries you present here. Thanks for all the work you both do in putting such a wonderful event together!

    S.

  7. Melissa S. says:

    Okay okay I’m doing it this year, for realsies. I need something to kick me in the butt with my bike riding. Any books to suggest for the reading option?

  8. Can I exchange riding somewhere new on my bike for riding someplace I’ve been before – but doing it with two broken feet and hauling crutches with me? Because, trust me, that is a very different ride!

  9. Hyedie says:

    YESSSS!!! Thank you ladies for organizing this for us.

    I missed it last year and can’t wait to participate this year :D

  10. Nat says:

    Is the comp open to non-US residents or even non-Northern Hemisphere residents?

  11. Exciting – I’ll be getting involved. But like others above I just wondered if the competition is open to non-USers?

  12. April says:

    Awesome! I’m so excited! One question, I’m going on vacation next week. Is it OK if I borrow a bike instead of renting? My host has a bike waiting for me and it seems a waste to rent. Thanks! April

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  14. Tara says:

    Wow! This corresponds with my husband and I deciding to take the whole family (three kids!) on weekly bike rides! Can’t wait to participate!

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  16. aem2 says:

    I’m so happy this has begun, because I also missed it last year. I completed my first task yesterday and I’m busy writing it up. Point of clarification: if one bike ride covers three tasks in one fell swoop, does that count for three or just one task? I’m probably going to do them again separately anyway, because this is so much fun, but I’m just curious.

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  20. Linda says:

    I’m a long time reader and I am joining in late, but I’m going to try my hardest to get 4 things done with week!

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  23. Gingerlew39 says:

    Completely missed out on the start of the games but I did something I hadn’t done before on a bike this year — I rode as the “nobody finishes alone” bike tail for a 5K run/walk for autism. Rode my Townie Electra with the last walkers of the race. Slowest ride ever coming in at 1 hour 6 minutes for a 5k. Completely fun!

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  42. Laura says:

    So excited! I’m doing it this year!

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