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The Grand Depart Challenge

With 34 days left until the 101st Tour de France Grand De...

With 34 days left until the 101st Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire, we're asking you to ride one hour for every edition of the world's biggest bike race!

02 Jun 2014
06 Jul 2014
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Welcome to the CW.CC Grand Depart Challenge, where we're celebrating the countdown to the 101st Grand Depart by asking you to ride an hour for every edition of the Tour de France.

If 101 hours sounds a bit much for you, don't worry, there's smaller targets for you to hit to match your level of ability or time available. Everyone who hits target one will get in the prize draw, while anyone at target two and three will get further entries. There's some brilliant Tour de France themed prizes up for grabs, so make sure you ride as much as you can to get the best chance at winning.

The targets: 

  • Target one: 34 hours (one for every day left until the Grand Depart)
  • Target two: 68 hours (two for every day until the Grand Depart)
  • Target three: 101 hours (one hour for every edition of the TdF)

Read on to get all the details on how to get involved in the challenge, and if you need any help please get in contact via the helpdesk.

 How to get going...

  • Sign up or Log-in to CW.CC
  • Click the “join” button above
  • Upload all your rides between June 2 and July 6
  • Check back here to see how you’re doing
  • A few more things to know...

Time in the saddle is all that counts

It doesn’t matter if you ride fast and hard on tough terrain or take it easy along the tow paths. All that matters is the time you spend in the saddle. We do it this way, so everyone’s got a chance, not just the super fit or talented among us.

Logging rides

There are a number of ways you can log rides

  • Use the RiTMO Ride Tracking iPhone App – record your ride and sync wirelessly with CW.CC
  • Upload a ride directly from your Garmin device – plug in your Garmin and away you go
  • Sync with your Nike plus account
  • Export and upload a GPX, TCX, FIT or Polar HR file from your favourite app or device. Most GPS devices and smartphone apps let you export rides in one or more of these file types so chances are you can carry on using your favourite.

Cheating is bad for the soul

Cheating is pretty easy to spot, so if the temptation of skulduggery flashes before you, be strong and resist. You stand to gain nothing apart from the opprobrium of your fair-minded cycling companions. Besides we all know cheating is bad for the soul.

Be safe and courteous

We know we don’t need to say it but we’re going to say it anyway: ride safely and courteously when out and about and do your best to keep it nice and friendly on the discussion board.

Terms & Conditions

By joining this challenge, you acknowledge and accept that it will entail physically challenging activities and some of the techniques featured in the challenge may be suitable for advanced runners only. Individuals participating in the challenge do so at their own risk and anyone under the age of 18 should be supervised by a responsible adult. Participants must seek medical advice if they have any injuries or medical conditions. Protective & appropriate clothing should be worn at all times. Participants must obey all traffic controls and signage whilst undertaking the challenge and are solely responsible for ensuring that they comply with all applicable traffic laws. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IPC Media Limited and Training Diaries Limited exclude any and all liability to participants or any third parties arising out of or in connection with an individual’s participation in this challenge.

Cycling Weekly reserves the right to query or ignore any entries that it believes contain falsified data. All activities must be logged by midnight GMT 06 July 2014. For all other standard terms and conditions, click here.