Ride in the Rain FAQs

GETTING STARTED

How do I register for the challenge?
Registration opens on October 22. Register on the RideShark platform here.

 

TEAMS

How do I create a team?
First, you need to fully register as an individual and join the Ride in the Rain Challenge. Then you will then have the option to join or create a team.

How do I invite people to my team?

Once you start a team, you will be presented with an option to send email invites, or an html invite to fellow riders.

Do I have to recreate a team this year, or can I just have the team I had last year?
You’ll need to recreate your team from scratch. The system is set up this way to encourage previous year’s team members to branch out, form their own teams, and grow the challenge.

How do I join an existing team?
First, you need to fully register as an individual. Once you are registered, the easiest way to join a team is to have the captain invite you.

What is an allowed team size for the Challenge?
Any size from 1 – 10!

Can an individual be a part of two or more teams?
Each user can only be on one team. If you wanted to work around this and be on two teams, you could technically create two Challenge accounts. Then you’d have to log trips twice on both accounts, so it might a bit of a hassle.

How do I delete a team?
There is currently not a way to delete a team. You can always rename a team that you’ve created or join a different team.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

What is my organization?
An organization is often your employer, and there can be many teams affiliated with one organization. When you register for the Challenge, you have the option to affiliate yourself with your organization. If you affiliate with your organization, you’ll be able to compare yourself against colleagues within your organization and also compare against other organizations in the inter-organizational leaderboard.

You do not need to affiliate yourself with an organization if you don’t want to – this is optional. 

Are teams and organizations the same thing?
Not exactly – teams and organizations are a little different. An organization is often your employer, and there can be many teams affiliated with an organization. A team is a smaller group, ideally between 4 and 10 people.

When you registered for the Challenge, you had the option to affiliate yourself with your organization. If you affiliate with your organization you’ll be able to compare yourself against colleagues within your organization (e.g. Seattle Children’s intra-org leaderboard) and also compare against other organizations in the inter-organizational leaderboard.

Do I have to be part of an organization to participate?
No, you do not need to affiliate yourself with an organization if you don’t want to–this is optional.

When you register for the challenge, you’ll be asked to choose your organization or select ‘Other’.

 

TRIPS

What counts as a trip?
A bike trip in the Ride in the Rain Challenge is defined as a ride outside greater than or equal to 0.25 miles in distance.  It’s that simple.   If you are a multi-destination ride, you may count each leg (if each leg is more than 0.25 miles) as a trip — but you aren’t awarded points per trip. Sorry, but only outdoor bike trips (no spin or indoor biking miles) count in the contest. Also, electric assist bicycles are welcome. Email info@wabikes.org with any questions.

Do only rides in the rain count?
No, any ride during the month of November counts, regardless of the weather.

How do I edit an existing trip? ( e.g., to change the distance.)
Click the “edit” link in the trip activity of the trip in question.

MISC.

This is a free event but donations are welcome.
Anyone can participate for free, and any donations go to support Washington Bikes efforts across our great state.

How can I see my stats from last year?
If you participated in the 2019 Ride in the Rain Challenge, you can view your past stats by going to your profile on Lovetoride.net/washington.  From there you can see your individual, team, league, and organizations stats from years past.

How can I see my commute rate? How can I mark work vs. non work days?
This year’s challenge is not commute-specific –we’re tracking all types of bike trips– so the system does not track commute rate. The primary metrics of individual competition this year are number of total bike trips and miles. 

Have any more questions or issues? Get in touch with us at info@wabikes.org.