Due to the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic many group events have been cancelled, notably END-SURE and more recently END-TICK. As a response to this reality I have seen “virtual” events being promoted. As the season is becoming favorable (on the northern plains) to biking, I want to share this “virtual” event to in some way provide fun, outdoor activity, and continue the ENDracing community.
Introducing; END-COVID-19 Extreme North Dakota - Commit Oneself to Voluntary Independent Distances
OK, so where does the “19” come into this? Keep reading!
This virtual event covers 6 weeks of time: April 26 - June 6. (June 6 was the scheduled date for END-TICK) Each week a person should ride a segment of 19 miles. (6x19=114 miles) The reason is to maintain regular activity. However, if you want to ride 114 miles at one time, great! You have completed the desired distance. If you have a ride of 25 miles, you get credit for 1 segment. Think 19 mile segments. (19, 38, 57, 76, 95, 114).
Quirky….U BETCHA! This is meant to provide a bit of lighthearted fun in the midst of the change surrounding us.
All of this is accomplished on the honor system. Signing up is voluntary. Riding and reporting distances is voluntary. Pictures, routes, descriptions, great places to ride, etc are welcomed and will be shared on the ENDracing Facebook site. A spreadsheet of people, distances, etc will be posted on the Facebook site on a regular basis. I am not keeping track of time on your bike. This is an opportunity to get outside, ride miles on gravel, dirt, trail (minimize time on pavement), see new things, enjoy the freedom of riding a bike, and have solitary time to reflect upon whatever you may want. Also, if you cannot get outside during this time, miles indoors (Zwift, Peleton, etc) are acceptable. Keep this in mind: social distancing! My motto during these times: “Solo or no go!” If you cannot or will not ride alone, keep a significant distance between riders. AND….you are responsible for you!!!
Register by sending the following information to me: Tim Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tire Size (regular…..40-45mm) (double…..2”-3”) (mega….3.8”+) Sounds like toilet paper rolls? YUP!
Scott Jensen (Grand Forks ND) and I (Moorhead MN) are coordinating this virtual event. We are doing this voluntarily.
This is a FREE virtual event! Yup…..free. No fees and no donations/offerings. (This is extremely difficult for an attorney and a pastoral care provider to understand.)
At the conclusion of the event a drawing will be held to provide prizes. When you register and complete your initial 19 mile segment, you get entered into the drawing. When you complete 114 miles you get another entry into the drawing. So, you get a minimum of 1 entry and a maximum of 2 entries in the drawing. All decisions are final. With Scott being an attorney and being more law oriented than a grace oriented pastor, Scott’s decisions are final. Do not argue with him or you will be billed!
Prizes are still being formulated. However, major prizes will be from local businesses in whatever way possible. Minor prizes may be assorted Hammer gels and/or a ziptop bag of Heed! If you are a lucky winner, I will contact you in order to get information for sending your prize.