The 2nd Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge

I’m all about challenges. I do it everyday at work, whenever I ride the bike (sometimes) and more often than not dealing with challenges in my personal life. Anyone want to fly me out to Vegas so I don’t have to plan this wedding? Bueller?

Anyway, when it comes to some challenges, I just don’t succeed. Work and life challenges I rarely have a choice with; I have to deal with them or find creative solutions. But cycling challenges I find more difficult. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the same support that Brian has over at I Wear Spandex, such as when I did the 30 days of biking, or, uh, well there was another one that I forgot.

I’ve found a challenge that I really want to stick with, though. It involves cycling (duh) and coffee. Coffee! One of my favorite things. It’s called the 2nd Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge where you’re supposed to visit 7 different coffee shops in 6 weekends. This sounds perfectly doable. You even get something at the end if you finish, which is extra motivation.

The Rules:

  1. Ride your bike to 7 different local coffee shops from now through Sunday, November 11.
  2. Only Saturday and Sunday rides qualify. Weekday rides are ineligible, unless one of the following applies to you:  a. You have a job that does not have a Monday through Friday tour of duty. In that case, your days off are considered your weekend; or b. You are retired, in which case you may choose the two days that you consider to be your weekend days for the sake of the challenge and stick to them for the duration.
  3. Only 1 coffee shop per day counts and a maximum of two rides per weekend. If you visit 7 coffee shops in one day, you may choose only one as a qualifying ride.
  4. You must do a short write-up of your experience that includes: 1. where you went (address and website, if possible), 2. the date you went there, 3.what you drank, 4. a detail or two about your coffeeneuring ride, and mileage.
  5. You must also take a photo during your ride, caption it, and submit it as verification that you actually went to the coffee shop and drank a beverage there.
  6. Hot chocolate qualifies, as do tea beverages.
  7. You may not combine your coffeeneuring ride with any other ride such as an organized century, populaire, or brevet. You may, however, combine your coffeeneuring ride with a grocery run, ride to the gym, or other transportation/utility-oriented ride. (If you do an organized ride, you may do another, separate coffeeneuring ride on the same day, e.g., a post-event ride to get a latte after your organized ride.)
  8. Your ride must be at least two miles total, but there is no maximum so yes, you could ride 100 miles for a cup of coffee.
  9. There are no geographic limitations to the Coffeeneuring Challenge.
  10. You have to go to different coffee shops, although you may ride to multiple locations of a chain, if necessary.
  11. Deadline for submission for the Coffeeneuring Challenge is whenever the clock strikes midnight in your area on November 16, 2012.
  12. Send submissions to me at gersemalina “at” Submissions may be in the form of links to blog writeups, on-line photo galleries with accompanying narrative, Word documents with attached or embedded photos, or e-mail writeups and submissions with photos attached.
  13. Submit all qualifying rides at the same time. That is, send me all 7 together, NOT ride 1, ride 2, etc.
  14. There will be a small prize for those who successfully finish the challenge (though don’t quit your day job, as it is not a mountain of money), and you will be featured on this blog.
  15. During Columbus Day weekend (October 6-8), you have three days to accomplish two qualifying coffeeneuring rides. (This is the Tara Rule.)
Atomic Cafe
Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA

So this weekend I had a couple of tough workouts planned, and I figured I would break them up with some coffee stops. On Saturday, in the middle of a 2.5 hour ride, I stopped at Atomic Cafe in Beverly:

Coffee Shop Stop #1

  • Location: Atomic Cafe, Beverly, MA:
  • Date: 10/6/12
  • Drink: small decaf iced coffee
  • Notes: waited in line for 20 minutes = dedication
  • Total Mileage: 38.78 miles


Gingerbread Construction Company
Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield, MA

Yesterday’s ride meant sprinting the last bit of a climb, which I did, repeatedly. It was also a bit chilly out so I was happy to stop at my usual coffee haunt by the lake in Wakefield.

Coffee Shop Stop #2

  • Location: Gingerbread Construction Company, Wakefield, MA:
  • Date: 10/7/12
  • Drink: small decaf hazelnut coffee
  • Notes: reallly wanted one of their lemon-filled muffin, but I resisted.
  • Total Mileage: 24.93 miles


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