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48 Hours

NCC , mileage , sessions

The Swim session is almost over, so it's time to remind everyone how the mileage entry system works. If you are a veteran NCCer you already know this but it might be good to read this anyway.

Everyone has an additional 48 hours to enter their December miles (swim, bike or run). 

Only miles done in December can be entered during this 48 hour period. The 2 week cutoff remains in effect, so only miles done in the second half of December can be entered.

January 1 is the beginning of the Bike session, so any miles done from that point forward count towards the Bike session only. 

You can start entering your miles on the website starting at 1 second past midnight on January 3, once the 48 hour period for entering your December miles has passed.

If you visit the website without logging in, you'll see the session change to Bike on January 1. If you login, however, you'll see the session as Swim - for that additional 48 hour period. 

End of the Swim Session

NCC , sessions

Ok, so now that the Mayan calendar scare is past we can all move on to more important things. Like the end of the Swim Session. 

For all the newcomers and anyone who has been here before but who has forgotten how this works, this is how the session wraps up. 

The official end to the Swim Session is midnight on December 31. If any of you are unlucky enough to be in the pool at that time you may as well stop swimming. Not only is it time to grab a glass of champagne, any distance covered after midnight will not go towards the Swim Session - it will (or should, if you log it honestly) go towards January's session, the Bike Session. 

However, you still have 48 hours to log your December miles.

Up until midnight local time on January 2, 2013 you can still add your miles for December. Any mileage you actually DO on January 1 and 2 will count towards the Bike Session, but you won't be able to log those until January 3. Got it?

Because of the 7 day cutoff this year, that means that up until midnight January 2 you will be able to add any miles you put in from December 24 onwards. Anything you did before that date cannot be entered, but the 7 day cutoff ends on the 31st. 



  • the Swim Session officially ends December 31 at midnight
  • December miles can be entered up until January 2 at midnight
  • the Bike Session begins on January 1 at one second past midnight
  • January miles can be entered beginning on January 3 at one second past midnight
Official results will take a few days as we look at who hit the benchmark first, and which teams won which divisions. The standings on the site are accurate but unofficial until the announcements are made by USA Triathlon.


2011-2012 Bike Session Results

NCC , mileage , sessions

The results have been verified, the numbers have been crunched. Here now are the official results for the February Bike Session of the 2011-2012 edition of the National Challenge Competition.

Benchmark Winners

The bike session was just like the swim session in that teams went all out to reach the mileage benchmark first. For the bike session that is 7500 miles. Just for the record, on June 11 2011 an asteroid passed within 7500 miles of the earth and it barely made the news.

First to reach the 7500 mile mark: Cyclonaut Multisport Club of Agawam MA on January 10th. Congratulations to them for putting the hammer down early and keeping it there. Have a look at their team stats page to see just how they piled up the bikes miles, day by day.

Here are all teams to reach the 7500 mile mark, in order: 

  1. Jan 10: Cyclonaut Multisport, Agawam MA
  2. Jan 11: DC Tri Club Team 1, Washington DC
  3. Jan 14: Kansas River Valley Tri Club, Wichita KS
  4. Jan 17: Alaska Tri Club White Wabid Wabbits, Anchorage AK
  5. Jan 18: Hammerhead Tri Club Team 1, Jacksonville FL
  6. Jan 19: Louisville Landsharks, Louisville KY
  7. Jan 25: Boulder Tri Club, Boulder CO
  8. Jan 27: Pittsburgh Tri Club, Pittsburgh PA
  9. Jan 28: Northwest YMCA Tri Club, Irmo SC
  10. Jan 31: Harftord Area Extended Triathletes, Hartford CT

Overall Bike Winner

Cyclonaut Multisport, Agawam MA with 23,748.37 miles


Divisional Winners


Division 1

Cyclonaut Multisport, Agawam MA - 23,748.37 miles

Division 2

Kansas River Valley Tri Club, Wichita KS - 16,211.62 miles

Division 3

Fredericksburg Tri Club, Fredericksburg VA - 4,924.47 miles

Division 4

Northwest YMCA Tri Club, Irmo SC - 8,546.95 miles

Division 5

Women of Steel, Auburn IN - 4,437.14 miles

Individual Winners

On the men's side, David Bowne of Jet City Tri annihilated the competition for a second consecutive year, riding to a convincing win with 3,919.19 miles. Now that you've picked your jaw up off the floor we can confirm that those miles are indeed for real and have been verified. Congratualations David!

On the women's side, Mary Guertin of Cyclonaut Multisport rode away with the title with a total of 1,709.2 miles. That was almost 500 miles ahead of her closest competitor. 

All the final results are also available on the bike session standings. 

More Stats

All the numbers you don't really need, but might find interesting anyway.

Active* Men: 802

Active* Women: 635

*Active means athletes with results.


Total Bike Miles, Men: 177,063.71

Total Bike Miles, Women: 114,771.01


Average Bike Miles, Men: 220.78

Average Bike Miles, Women: 180.74


Total Bike Miles, Everyone: 291,834.72

Average Bike Miles, Everyone: 203.09


Total All Miles, Men: 232,091.75

Total All Miles, Women: 153,805.18

Total All Miles, Everyone: 385,896.93


Average All Miles, Men: 289.39

Average All Miles, Women: 242.21

Average All Miles, Everyone: 268.54


Day with highest bike miles: January 7 - 18,382.03 miles by 527 athletes = 34.88 miles per athlete

Day with most riders: January 1 - 1208 athletes, 13,846 miles = 11.46 miles per athlete

Day with longest average ride: January 31, 504 athletes, 18,026.06 miles = 35.77 miles per athlete


And of course let's thank all of the generous sponsor who have provided prizes for the winners: 

Swim Session Results... Are Coming Soon

NCC , sessions

So now the Swim session is over and everyone is focused on putting in the miles on the bike, or trainer if you happen to live in bike-unfriendly climate. Of course everyone is looking forward, but what about the official results of the first session?

They're coming.

The Officially Sanctioned by USA Triathlon Results and Standings for the National Challenge Competition 2011-2012 Swim Session (or OSUSATRSNCC20112012SS for those who like acronyms) cannot be computed until all team rosters have been finalized. Club reps have all been contacted about making sure all athletes are USAT members in good standing, and the rules clearly state that only USAT members can participate, or at least have their miles count towards the team totals. 

Once the rosters are complete and any non-member athletes' mileage has been 'recalculated' (ie. removed) then we can see who won the session. 

Until then, the UN-official results are available via the Swim Standings page, but be aware that some numbers could change. 

Full results plus other statistics in mind-boggling detail will be available on the site as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, happy biking!

End of Swim Session - News for Athletes

NCC , sessions

Since this is the first year that everyone is entering their own miles, here is a bit of important information that in previous years only club reps needed to know. 

Each session ends at midnight on the last day of the month. However, as in the past we will be keeping things open for an additional 48 hours to give everyone time to enter their results. This was necessary when one person was entering miles for an entire club, and although it may not be quite as necessary this year we are still going to give everyone that extra time. 

The Swim Session officially ends at midnight on December 31. At that time everyone should get out of the pool and get some champagne. Athletes (and club reps for those still logging miles the old fashioned way) will then have until midnight on January 2 to enter all of their miles for December.

If you visit the site on January 1st or 2nd without logging in, you will see that the current session will show the Bike Session. You won't see any miles yet for anyone, so don't panic. If you log in to enter your miles it will still show as the Swim Session and any miles entered must have been accumulated during December.

You will not be able to enter any miles for January until January 3rd. After that you will not be able to log any more miles for December, so please make sure you get everything in before then. 

Please tell your fellow clubmates to read this post! 

Happy Holidays everyone.

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