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Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:10 pm

There is an online "competition" called the Polar Bear Challenge or PBC at http://polarbearchallenge.tk/. No prizes, no awards just something to do. You get points for every mile ridden when it is below 32°F and there is a factor of 0.1 for every degree below freezing. You can only submit one YouTube video per day and it started on Dec 1st and runs through Feb 14th. In many cases, I would record multiple videos per day just so I have some ready to go for days like tomorrow when it's supposed to be -28°F. Just thought I'd create a thread for the videos...

First submission:

26 km (16.2 miles) at -5°F. I didn't realize until yesterday that I could've started to record videos in advance and just submit them one per day. Still in interior Alaska and we've had below 32°F temperatures since the latter half of September. We already have had over 4 ft of snow.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:11 pm

Second submission:

16 km at +7°F. Just a short ride to College Coffeehouse. The return trip is the third video. I also mention the gear that I am using for the winter rides.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:12 pm

#3

11 km @ -8°F. This is a short ride from College Coffeehouse back home via Yankovich Rd. The difference in temperature from PBC #2 and this was 15°F. That really shows the temperature inversion. I.e. It's much warmer in the hills!

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:13 pm

#4

25 km @ +12°F. I needed to run into town to order some parts for the plow. This short video has numerous clips from the roads circling Fairbanks. The ones I haven't had before are Van Horn Rd to the east ramp of the international airport.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:14 pm

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26 km @ +10°F. Some decent scenery with the sun shining brightly underneath the clouds. Starting from College, AK, around through part of Goldstream Valley, up Ballaine Rd then through a small subdivision Rd to Yankovich Rd.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:15 pm

#6

43 km (26.7 miles) @ +10°F. Yet another run into and around town starting from the Dog Mushers Field.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:17 pm

#7

30 km (18.65 miles) @ +6°F. A light snow but the forecast is for the temperature to drop shortly. This was just a run east on Farmers Loop as I just needed to fill up the bike. Took the scenic route.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby harryball » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:17 pm

The lower the temp, the more points you should get. And you can have them ALL. It's approaching 70 degrees here today!
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:22 pm

harryball wrote:The lower the temp, the more points you should get. And you can have them ALL. It's approaching 70 degrees here today!


That's the factor I mentioned. 0.1 multiplier for every degree below freezing.

e.g.
20 miles at 32°F = 20 points.
20 miles at 0°F = 20 x 3.2 = 64 points
20 miles at -20°F = 20 x 5.2 = 104 points
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:42 pm

#8

60 km (37.28 miles) @ -2°F. Picked my plow parts and headed out to North Pole just to get a little variety in these videos. I made a loop through the parking lot at the Santa Clause House and came back into town.

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:24 pm

#9
9km (6 miles) @ -14°F. Rode down to the golf course to take the temperature and odometer video. The intent was just a short ride so I rode to the other end of Farmers Loop Rd to turn around and head home but it was -20°F so I started a new video. So PBC ride #9 is short. Gotta take advantage of the colder temp, eh? ;-)

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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby Mowich » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:25 am

I think by your location you will by the winner. Is Skinny Dicks Halfway Inn still up there?
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby JohnBG » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:59 am

Still waiting to compete. We might have one night of weather below 32 in Florida... :hot:
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:40 pm

Mowich wrote:I think by your location you will by the winner. Is Skinny Dicks Halfway Inn still up there?
:cheers:


Yes, still there and open during the summer. Haven't stopped there in a long time...
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Re: Polar Bear Challenge

Postby RichardM » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:42 pm

JohnBG wrote:Still waiting to compete. We might have one night of weather below 32 in Florida... :hot:


I'm headed out to town shortly. Looking forward to some warmer weather!
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