General Rules and Prizes

The European Commission is launching its Social Biking Challenge across Europe starting on 16 September 2019 and lasting for three weeks. The challenge will coincide with the beginning of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, running alongside the European Week of Sports and finishing on 6 October. The Social Biking Challenge aims to encourage cycling as a social habit. The challenge promotes physical activity, the use of a sustainable transport mode (the bicycle!), and also aims to increase the number of individuals using bikes in Europe by creating a network of cyclists. The challenge is based on the BikePrints app, a tracking app for cyclists, already available in Google Play and Apple app stores. The app allows users to track their rides and take part in a three-week competition within their city, while also competing against other participants in other cities across Europe. Participants may ride alone, in pairs or in groups, and earn points based on the distance they ride; the points will eventually be converted to prizes.

The Social Biking Challenge has three different stages:

Individual stage

Each participant tracks his/her rides and earns points for the kilometres covered during the week. 

Pair stage

Each participant tracks his/her rides and earns points for the kilometres covered during the week. Each participant invites a friend or finds another participant (already registered in the app) in order to form a pair. In this stage participants can earn “pair bonus points” of two types: “common route bonus points” (1 km = 2 points) are earned when a participant follows the route of his/her partner (not at the same time), and “cycling together bonus points” (1km=3points) are earned when the pair rides together (at the same time).

Group stage

Each participant tracks his/her rides and earns points for the kilometres covered during the week. Each participant invites three friends or finds three participants (already registered in the app) in order to ride in groups of four. In this stage participants can earn “group bonus points” of two types: “common route bonus points” (1 km = 2 points) are earned when at least two participants of the group follow the same route (not at the same time), and “cycling together bonus points” (1 km = 3 points) are earned when at least two participants of the group ride together (at the same time).

Prizes for cyclists

30 Random Prizes at local level: The more a participant cycles, the more points he/she earns. At the end of each stage, the names of 10 winners are selected at random and they receive a prize. The probability of his/her name being selected is directly proportional to the number of points collected.

7 prizes for the best bikers at local level, as follows:  

  • 1 prize for the cyclist covering the most kilometres during the individual stage;
  • 2 prizes for the pair with the most “pair bonus points”  collected during the one-week “pair stage” of the challenge;
  • 4 prizes for the group members with the most “group bonus points” collected during the one-week “group stage” of the challenge. 

These 30+7 big prizes will be provided and awarded by the Local Social Biking Coordinator.


7 bicycles for the best cyclists at European level, as follows:

  • 1 bicycle for the cyclist covering the most kilometres during the full  three-week period;
  • 2 bicycles for the pair with the most “pair bonus points” from cycling together during the one-week “pair stage” of the challenge;
  • 4  bicycles for the group members with the most “group bonus points” from cycling together during the one-week “group stage” of the challenge.

These prizes are awarded at the European level and not at the local level (i.e. 7 prizes for the whole of Europe, not 7 prizes for each local challenge) and will therefore be provided by the European Commission. The prizes will be shipped to the local coordinators who will be responsible for awarding them to winners. The 7 European Winners will be also invited (travel and accommodation expenses will be covered) to receive a symbolic award at the BeActive Awards Gala in Budapest on 18 October 2019.

Local coordinators

If you are a local association (municipality, NGO, sports club, etc.) and you want to organize the Social biking Challenge 2019 in you city/town please check the registration process here.



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