About

Intercity Transit’s Bicycle Commuter Challenge (BCC) is a fun, free community event that encourages people of all ages and abilities residing in Thurston County to try bicycling for transportation, health and well-being. 

The BCC started in 1988 with about 30 participants as a challenge between a few workplaces in Olympia. Since then, the event has “grown up” along with its level of participation. In 2006 Intercity Transit began hosting the event and is now one of Intercity Transit’s many programs for improving mobility and quality of life in our community. 

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers and participants, the Bicycle Commuter Challenge is now in its 34th year!

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Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time here:

Click on the red “Create Account” button and fill in the required information. Choose a team from the drop-down menu. If you don't see your team or want to start a new team, you can create one after registering, and then add yourself to it on your account page. Please look carefully for your team in the dropdown menu before creating a new team- duplicate teams are a pain! Thanks!

Next, you can optionally add family members to your account, such as children or other participating family members with whom you share an email address. This is different than creating a team. This feature is to allow children or others without their own email account to particpate in the BCC.

Finally, answer the math question to prove you're not a robot, and click the green "Create New Account" button. A confirmation link will be sent to your email (If you don't see it within a few minutes, please check your spam or junk folder). Click on the link in the email to activate your account.

If you already have an account here: Log in, go to your My Account page, scroll down and choose your team from the drop down menu, then click the green Save button at the bottom of the page. Being on a team is optional.

Then, log your rides! Only rides logged in February will count towards your Winter BCC total, and rides in May and on April 18 for the Earth Day Market Ride will count towards your May BCC total. You may log your rides anytime year-round for your own purposes, and they will accrue to your Account Totals.

Click on the red “Create Account” button and fill in the required information. Choose a team from the drop-down menu. If you don't see your team or want to start a new team, you can create one after registering, and then add yourself to it on your account page. Please look carefully for your team in the dropdown menu before creating a new team- duplicate teams are a pain! Thanks!

Next, you can optionally add family members to your account, such as children or other participating family members with whom you share an email address. This is different than creating a team. This feature is to allow children or others without their own email account to particpate in the BCC.

Finally, answer the math question to prove you're not a robot, and click the green "Create New Account" button. A confirmation link will be sent to your email (If you don't see it within a few minutes, please check your spam or junk folder). Click on the link in the email to activate your account.

  • To join a team when creating your account, simply choose your team's name from the drop-down menu in the form, as part of your registration process.
  • To join a team AFTER creating your account, go to your My Account page (link in blue bar at top), click "Edit", and scroll down to the drop-down Team menu to choose your team, and then Save.

A team must consist of more than one member. Teams with only one member will not be recognized by the BCC as a team, and can't win team prizes or recognition. If you create a team, get busy and recruit some team mates :-) Thanks for understanding!

  1. You can only create a new team if you are not already on a team.
  2. Please look carefully in the Team dropdown on your account page to make sure you are not about to duplicate an existing team. Duplicate teams are a headache, so thanks for understanding!
  3. Look for the Recent Team Activity box (or My Team's Activity bar, on a mobile device).
  4. Click on the blue Create a Team button, and enter a team name, and an optional description of your team.
  5. Your team is now created, but you still need to add yourself to it! Go to your My Account page (link in top blue bar (or in the hamburger on a mobile device), scroll down to the Team dropdown, and select your team. Then scroll to the bottom and click Save.
  6. Recruit members, log your rides, and Go Team!! Only teams with more than one member can win prizes.

There's no requirement to join a team but many people find it more fun and motivating to be part of a team. Teams require two or more people and can be made up of coworkers, class mates, friends or family. To win team prizes, teams must be registered with the BCC. Teams can win prizes in the following categories:

  • Most days ridden per team
  • Highest average days ridden per rider
  • Most new riders recruited

The Winter BCC runs for the month of February, celebrating Winter Bike to Work Day on the third Friday.

The Earth Day Market Ride is the Kick-off event for the May BCC, on the third Saturday in April.

The May BCC runs during the month of May, celebrating National Bike To Work Day on the third Thursday.

Anyone with a mailing address in Thurston County, WA can participate and win prizes in the BCC.

During the Covid-19 pandemic,all rides count in the BCC! Just get out and ride, for your own health and the health of our community. Only rides logged in February will count towards your Winter Bike Challenge total, and rides in May will count towards your May BCC total. You may log your rides anytime year-round for your own purposes, and they will accrue to your Account Totals.

Everyone wins in the BCC! Everyone who reports miles gets coupons and everyone is entered into prize drawings.

We want people to try biking for transportation and health. For people who are new to bicycling, this will be a challenge. We also want people to come back every year motivated to try harder and bike more. People who bike 10 or more days get an extra page of coupons, and will be entered to win extra prizes. Bike 15 days or more to be entered to win our grand prize bike trip with Adventure Cycling. Also, teams compete for prizes and recognition based how many new riders they recruit, and how many days and miles their members ride.

During the Covid-19 pandemic,all rides count in the BCC! Just get out and ride, for your own health and the health of our community. Only rides logged in February will count towards your Winter Bike Challenge total, and rides in May will count towards your May BCC total. You may log your rides anytime year-round for your own purposes, and they will accrue to your Account Totals.

You may request a paper mileage log to be mailed to you by emailing dgreen@intercitytransit.com. Mileage logs must be completed and returned by the first Friday in June. 

The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by an electronic random drawing among “Adult” and “Senior” BCC participants who logged rides on 15 days or more in the May Bicycle Commuter Challenge.