Back in 2014, I was living in England and was the Competition Secretary for Woking Cycling Club. Starting with a handful of guys meeting under a tree every Sunday at 8am, the club soon grew to well over 100 members. In a drive to keep motivation high throughout the year, and introduce a competition where more than just the very fastest riders could win, I started the Metric Century Challenge.
The concept was simple. Ride one metric century (100km) every month for a year. Back then it had to be an actual outdoor ride. No virtual rides or trainer rides would count. Due to the timing of the club’s combined Christmas Party and Awards night, it ran December the previous year through to November.
I had a spreadsheet that I updated, listing each active rider and their completed rides. In the first year of this challenge, I think there were about 15 finishers. Below is a photo from the 2015 Awards Night. I can remember some of their names; Stephen, Paul, Karen, Mark, Ben, Glenn, Steve, Tom, Billy. I’ve moved across the globe, some have also moved away, but a handful are still riding and active members of the club.
I am second from the left. Steve (pictured centre with the microphone) took over from me as the club’s Competition Secretary in mid 2015. He finished off the collection of ride data and in a nod to the Rapha Festive 500, all finishers received a woven roundel prize. I still have a collection of these roundels and they all bring back fond memories.
In 2019 or 2020, Paul at 36×25 came up with the “Resolution Ride” phrase. For some reason that just stuck with me, so it became the Resolution Ride challenge! Same great challenge, slightly different name.
Fancy taking on the challenge? It’s easy (well, easier said than done). All you need to to is keep track of your rides and complete one ride of at least 100km each month. Any other rules are up to you! Outdoor only? Indoor rides count? Start in January or later in the year? Totally your choice. The main aim is to stay motivated and keep those wheels spinning throughout the year. Why not give it a go!