Red Bull's 2018 Million Mile Commute challenge on Strava has passed halfway... and with just under half a million miles logged, we're going to have to pedal a little bit further over the next couple of weeks to reach a million!
The figure stands at 484,000 miles at the time of writing, meaning we're going to have to step it up a little to pass one million miles by the end of July. Of course the target is much loftier than last year, where the target was one million miles in three months, because this time the aim is to reach a million in just one month. If you're already cycling or running to work regularly then simply keep doing what you're doing (maybe taking the odd detour to up your mileage!), and don't forget to tag your activity as a commute when it's uploaded to Strava. For those who haven't signed up yet fear not... you can still register and your miles can be retrospectively added to the running total. Hopefully plenty will make fashionably late appearances and then we've nothing to worry about! As a quick reminder, here's what you have to do to sign up and get your miles added to the running total:
- Log your cycling and running activities in Strava in the month of July and remember to tag them as commutes.
- Check back on the Million Mile Commute website to see your mileage total and compare yourself on the weekly leaderboard. As long as your activity is tagged as a commute on Strava it automatically gets added to the total, although the miles take until the next day to appear on your account.
There are also loads of prizes to be won; you can get a month of free Strava premium simply by buying a can of Red Bull, and everyone taking part will get something special when the 100K, 500K and (hopefully) the million mile markers are reached, and reaching individual milestones will enter you into prize draws... reach 10 miles and you're in the draw for some limited edition Strava socks, reach 250 and you could win a brand spanking new Marin Fairfax SC3 courtesy of Cycle Surgery if you're really lucky.
Get on your bikes and keep logging those miles, there's work to be done but we're confident this never-ending warm weather will persuade more folk to ditch the cars and get us past that elusive million mile mark with time to spare...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.