How about a little early Saddle Challenge?

Kick off the New Year with some serious sweat courtesy of Strava. From January 6-31, you’re challenged to ride as many miles as you can. Put on those base miles, start the suffering early and build your foundation for 2012. Surprises (from Strava) are in store for the most dedicated competitors, so get ready to haul.

And while you’re there, join the Different Spokes club!

Saddle Challenge 2011 final results…

…are in!

Despite fifteen days of rain in March, Gordon logged an impressive 608 miles or 121 percent of his mileage goal of 500 miles. He was followed by Danni ( with 584 miles, or 116% of her goal) and David Go (with 480 miles or 96% of his goal, so close!)

Gordon rode an equally impressive 25 days too. Even with the rain, there were only two days with no miles logged, the 23rd and 24th of the month.

Last weekend and this past week a lot of catch up miles were put in, with 394 over the weekend and an additional 240 miles with our Spring into Summer weather this week.

The biggest day was March 5 with an impressive 437 miles.

Everyone who joined the challenge and rode during the month is a winner! Overall we completed 2,786 miles of the 3,925 total mileage goal with $210 raised for Project Inform by 9 participants!

Those who pledged money for Project Inform can send your check to the club PO box and they will be send in on the club’s behalf, in memory of Ron Wilmont.

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Saddle Challenge. Great job everyone!

If anyone is interested in doing this as an ongoing monthly challenge, please contact me!

Saddle Challenge – 1st Update/Two Weeks down

The 2011 Saddle Challenge has just nine participants so far, but that has not kept riders from logging some miles. This update covers the first two weeks of the challenge, but it’s never too late to sign up. Just go to and enter your first and last name, and the password [ask us], and then you can retroactively enter your miles of the month.

As of yesterday, Danni Mestaz is leading the pack, one of three members with a 500 mile goal for the month! She is at 67% or 335 miles, ahead of everyone, way to go Danni! Great to see both a female AND a new member in the lead. Following closely both in mileage and percent of goal are Gordon Dinsdale, also a new member from Napa, followed by board member, David Goldsmith.

With mileage goals varying from 200 miles for the month (which is 50 miles a week, quite doable), up to 500 miles, the Saddle Challenge makes it easy for any member to participate and not feel like they have to a fast or high mileage rider to compete.

As a reminder, the Saddle Challenge is the club’s annual event in March to challenge each other to get out on our bikes and ride! Choose a goal for yourself: 100 miles, 300 miles, 900 miles…!
Whenever you come back on the SC page, you’ll be able to log your miles, watch your progress and see what other members are doing.

Don’t forget: every mile counts. So, if you commute with your bike, it’s even better!

The Saddle Challenge is also a way for members to raise money for Project Inform where Ron Wilmot, a long time DSSF member who started a fund-raising ride, the Ron Wilmot ride. You can choose to pledge per mile or a lump sum. Of course this part is entirely optional.

Again, just go to and enter your first and last name, and the password [ask us] to join up.

Other stats: 1,636 miles have been ridden so far. And we’ve raised $149.

Happy riding!