I want to take a break today from talking about the cool swag you’re going to get by registering for the 100 Miles of Nowhere to actually talk about the 100 Miles of Nowhere itself.
You know, a little bit about what the race is and who it benefits. And some examples of some of my favorite race reports.
I’d also like to encourage you to describe, in the comments section, what you’re thinking you might do for your own version of the 100 Miles of Nowhere.
Where It Came From
The 100 Miles of Nowhere started as a stunt. It was just me, by myself, wondering if I could make myself do 100 miles, in one sitting, on the rollers. I bet a bunch of you that I could, and in the process raised a little money for LiveStrong.
The next year, more of you did it. And then I started asking companies to sponsor it by donating 500 of something they make to be sent out in a swag box. And now it sells out in less than a day.
The 100 Miles of Nowhere has traditionally been a fundraiser for LiveStrong. Last year, when LiveStrong took on Camp Kesem — a foundation that puts on weeklong camps across the US for kids of parents with cancer — as a partner, I asked LiveStrong if we could have the 100 Miles of Nowhere funds be directed specifically toward this really fantastic cause.
They were cool with that.
And so now, as you ride around in circles or squares or in your basement or back and forth or whatever else for 100 miles, the silliness of what you’re doing is beautifully offset by an extremely concrete and specific thing: you’re making it possible for some kid — a kid who’s had to live with a parent with cancer — to have an amazingly fun, carefree, awesome week at no cost to that kid’s parents.
By participating in the 100 Miles of Nowhere, you become an agent of good karma. Which is the very best kind of agent there is.
So What Do You Do In The 100 Miles of Nowhere?
Of course, the first 100 Miles of Nowhere was on rollers, and I literally went nowhere. But other — more creative — people wanted to extend this idea and make it more interesting. So they took it outside and rode a very short course, over and over, for 100 miles.
And sometimes, they sent me their stories afterward, which I found very entertaining. So entertaining, in fact, that I often would post them right here.
And so that became part of the tradition too.
This has evolved to the point where you could say the steps for performing your 100 Miles of Nowhere are as follows:
- Register for the race. Registration will open April April 17, at 9:00am CT. Mark your calendars, because registration is limited to 500.
- Define your category. For example, your category might be “Men, age 40-45, in suburban Santa Rosa, riding a recumbent around the block.” Your category should be excruciatingly specific. So specific, in fact, that there’s no chance that anyone but you will win it.
- Ride your race. On June 1 or thenabouts (lots of people including me sometimes have to do it on a different day, due to conflicting schedules), do what you said you’d do. Be tough about it. But have fun, too. Remember, this is to traditional bike racing as the sillywalk is to running a marathon.
- Tell your story. If what you did was interesting, write it up. Include pictures and video. Send it to me — my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t publish every single story that comes my way, but I do publish a lot of them.
What Are Some Awesome Examples of Stories?
Everyone who does the 100 Miles of Nowhere has done something ridiculously epic. There are some folks, though, who have truly raised this crazy event to an art form. Here are a few:
- Bill rode his bike around his circular driveway 2,702 times.
- A pair of Marines did the 100 Miles of Nowhere on spin bikes in an aircraft carrier.
- Tom rode his unicycle around the neighborhood for 100 miles.
- Justin rode 100 miles in a tent in an undisclosed location in southwest Asia.
- A bunch of my friends and I rode up and down a mountain pass a bunch of times.
- And Noodle has turned the video-ing of the 100 Miles of Nowhere into a high art, as shown in these two videos:
What Will Your Story Be?
I expect that some of you have some grand ideas for what — and where — your 100 Miles of Nowhere will be.
Tell us about them.
And good luck.