Raising Awareness About the Benefits of Cycling for Mental Health

Kansas City Bike Trails is teaming up with Dave’s Bike Shop in Raymore, Missouri to host the May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge This challenge brings awareness to the 51.5 million adults in the United States who live with a mental illness.

This challenge also seeks to highlight how cycling can help improve your mental health.

Mental illnesses are common in the United States.
51.5 million U.S. adults live with a mental illness.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (2019)

May 2021 Cycling Challenge Sponsor

Dave's Bike Shop and the #BikeItOut Challenge

At Dave's Bike Shop, you will find more than the usual bike shop routine. You will find a team who believes that bicycles are an amazing doorway by which we can impact lives. People who are passionate about giving our best in every task. A team who values each others effort. An environment where details matter. And, an opportunity to build community and promote freedom and mental wellness through cycling and cycling activities.

Come #BikeItOut with us!

from Dave's Bike Shop

Each participant in the 2021#BikeItOut Cycling Challenge who submits their cycling challenge mileage report by June 7th, will be entered to win the following prizes from Dave's Bike Shop*.

1 Cyclist will Win a Free Level 1 Tune-Up from Dave's Bike Shop!

1 Cyclist will Win a #BikeItOut Pack (Cap, Shirt and Water Bottle)

3 Cyclists will Win a Coffee Pack (Including Mug and Roasterie Coffee)

*NOTE: Winner must visit Dave's Bike Shop in Raymore, Missouri to claim their prize.

The May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge

Challenge yourself to get on a bike and #BikeItOut by riding 51.5 miles in the month of May.

Single Rider Guidelines

Share the Fun with Others...

  1. For Facebook Users: Take a Selfie of yourself (or your bike during your ride) and join the conversation in the Facebook group using the #2021BikeItOutChallenge hashtag.
  2. For Strava Users: Join the Strava challenge group so we can share in your cycling victories!

Track Your Progress

Track your rides during the month with the app of your choice (Strava, Map my Ride, Garmin, etc.) and submit your total miles ridden once you complete the challenge.

Adult Rider Patch

Adult riders who complete the challenge and submit their ride evidence before the deadline can claim their patch for $7. Adult riders may ride double (2X) the miles to claim two (2) patches for $11.

Dave's Bike Shop Giveaways

Submit your Cycling Challenge Mileage Report by June 7, 2021 to be entered into a drawing to win free prizes from Dave's Bike Shop. Any rider who participates in the challenge is eligible, no purchase from Dave's Bike Shop or Kansas City Bike Trails is necessary to participate. Winners are asked to visit Dave's Bike Shop in Raymore, Missouri to claim their prize.

Family-Friendly May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge

Challenge yourself and a young person to get on a bike and #BikeItOut by riding 51.5 miles together (each riding 25.75 miles) in the month of May.

Adult+Child Guidelines

Share the Fun with Others...

  1. For Facebook Users: Take a Selfie of yourself (or your bike during your ride) and join the conversation in the Facebook group using the #2021BikeItOutChallenge hashtag.
  2. For Strava Users: Join the Strava challenge group so we can share in your cycling victories!

Track Your Progress

Track your rides during the month with the app of your choice (Strava, Map my Ride, Garmin, etc.) and submit your total miles ridden once you complete the challenge.

Adult+Child Patch

Adult+Child riders who complete the challenge and submit their ride evidence before the deadline can claim 2 patches for $11 or a single patch for $7.

Dave's Bike Shop Giveaways

Submit your Cycling Challenge Mileage Report by June 7, 2021 to be entered into a drawing to win free prizes from Dave's Bike Shop. Adult riders who participate in the challenge are eligible, no purchase from Dave's Bike Shop or Kansas City Bike Trails is necessary to participate. Winners are asked to visit Dave's Bike Shop in Raymore, Missouri to claim their prize.

How the May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge Works

May 2021 Bike It Out Challenge - Dave's Bike Shop

The Prize...A Real-Live Patch?

Yes! Cycling's history is filled with beautiful real-life embroidered patches used as icons of achievement. Each individual or adult/child team that completes the challenge will have the opportunity to purchase a 3½ inch 100% embroidered patch that is exclusive to this challenge. Patches are available to the first 100 participants who submit their ride evidence and purchase their patch.

May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge Submission Form

Challenge Timeline

May 1, 2021

May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge Begins

May 31, 2021

End of the May 2021 #BikeItOut Cycling Challenge

What's Next?...Submit Your Ride Evidence

Before June 7, 2021

Claim Your Challenge Patch

When you complete the challenge...

  1. Visit https://kansascitybiketrails.com/
  2. Scroll to the Bottom of the Page
  3. Complete the Form and Purchase your Challenge patch(es) on or before June 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT.)

General Guidelines

  1. Bike Safely and Enjoy the Ride! (National Safety Council)
  2. Don't Put Yourself at Risk. Ride smart and take care of your health. Follow all of the COVID-19 recommendations from your local community and the CDC.
  3. Tracking Your Rides. We're not going to scrutinize your ride evidence under a microscope, but you do have to submit it to be eligible to receive a patch. Generally, the minimum ride evidence you will be asked to submit is the total number of miles ridden during the challenge. Screenshots and selfies are completely optional...but encouraged on Facebook and Strava. If you don't have the technology to track your ride on an app or smart device, simply map it out on Google maps and send a screen shot of the route and mileage.
  4. Use Your Best Judgement. The purpose of the monthly challenge isn't to parse the rules and call out every loophole. Use your best judgement and let your conscience be your guide. If unsure, ask in the monthly challenge Facebook group. At the end of the day only you will know if you honestly earned the patch.
  5. Be Nice. The purpose of these monthly challenges is to have fun and build some community around a common goal. Be nice online (and when you ride) and we'll all get along famously!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Kansas City to participate?

Absolutely not! You can live anywhere to participate in the challenge. However, patches will only be mailed to addresses in the United States.

Where can I ride?

While we encourage you to ride on any of the many beautiful trails in your community, you can ride on trail or roads to complete the challenge.

Can I purchase a patch without completing the challenge?

No. Patches are exclusively for challenge participants who complete the ride and provide evidence of their participation in the challenge.

Can I get multiple patches if I complete the challenge multiple times?

Yes, you may complete the challenge and submit evidence for up to two (2) completions of the challenge. Submit all of your ride evidence one time using the form at the bottom of this page. Two (2) patches can be purchased for $11.

Is there a deadline for purchasing my patch?

Yes, all patches must be purchased on or before the 7th of the month following the challenge.

Can I pay for the patches with cash or check?

No, for simplicity of processing patch requests for this challenge, only online credit card purchases will be accepted.

Is my credit card payment secure?

Yes. Your credit / debit card payment will be securely processed by Stripe, one of the industry's leading credit card processors.

When will I receive my patch?

Patches will be mailed starting around the 5th of the month following the challenge.