Frozen Fools Challenge

Do you have trouble sitting on a couch for weeks at a time?  Does the road beckon you even as the mercury falls out of the bottom of your thermometer?  Have you ever pondered whether gears can shift in the cold or wondered what that fool riding his bike in the snow is thinking?  Well, these and many other of life's questions will be answered once you join


 The 16th Annual
Frozen Fools

Rules and contest forms

Learn about the Fundraiser 

Recent challenge standings


The Frozen Fool's challenge is open to anyone riding within 50 miles of Michael's Cycles.  "The prize", as organizer Bob Schlegel puts it, "is to win the respect of the other participants."  And maybe to have their sanity questioned by friends and co-workers!

This year's challenge runs from January 1st, 2017 through April 1st, 2017.


History: In 2001, Michael's Cycles store manager Bob Schlegel challenged a store customer (Ed Z.) to see who would ride the most through the upcoming winter.  Bob and Ed (a.k.a. “Crazy Ed”) devised this prize-less challenge as a way to add some fun to the difficult winter riding season.  Interest in the challenge quickly grew from 13 die-hard cyclists pedaling a cumulative 11,589 miles in 2002 to 31 participants racking up over 35,500 miles in the first 3 months of 2006.  A fundraiser to support cycling advocacy and the Anna Schenker Memorial Scholarship (a local scholarship fund) was incorporated into the Challenge in 2009.  As of the end of the 2016 Challenge, 130 different "Fools" have contributed to the 304,000 total cumulative miles ridden during the history of the Challenge!  

If you've ever cycled even a few miles during the winter, you must respect the fortitude of these riders as they have fought through some of the coldest, windiest and wettest weather of the year!  Congratulations to each and every one of those who have participated; may you be an inspiration to those joining the next challenge.  To view the results of the past Challenges, check out the Frozen Fools pages found under the 'Rides & Racing' tab (near the top).


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