Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. When does the Student Cycle Challenge start and finish?

Student Cycle Challenge beings on Monday the 12th of October 2015 and finishes on Friday 23rd of  October 2015. It runs Monday to Friday only each week.

The last day of the Challenge is the 23rd of October 2015 but team members have until Monday 26th of October 2014 at 2pm  to make their final team submissions online.

Q2. When does registration for the Student Cycle Challenge open?

Registration for the 2015 Student Cycle Challenge is now open. Team captains can register their team at www.cyclechallenge.ie 

Q3. How does the Student Cycle Challenge Work?

Check if your campus is participating , visit www.cyclechallenge.ie. Then together with your campus colleagues form a team of 3 people. Give your team a name and nominate a team captain. Your team captain will be the main point of contact for your team and will register the team online. Team members will then receive an email inviting them to join the captains team. Team members must click on the link in the email to join their Cycle Challenge team. Each team member will be responsible for entering their own trips during the challenge.

Q4. How much cycling do I need to do to participate?

There is no minimum amount of cycling however for your journey to count as a trip you must cycle for at least 10 minutes! Please note that there needs to be a ‘significant’ break (at least 10 minutes) between trips in order for it to count as a new trip.

Q5. How does the team captain register our team?

Team captains will log-on to www.cyclechallenge.ie  and complete the online registration process. Team members will then receive an email inviting them to join the captains team. Team members must click on the link in the email to join their Cycle Challenge team. Each team member will be responsible for entering their own trips during the challenge.

Q6. How do we record the number of cycle trips made by our team?

Each team member will be responsible for entering their own trips during the challenge. An email prompt will be sent during the challenge reminding you to enter your trips.

Q7. Can I participate in the challenge on my own?

The 2015 Student Cycle Challenge is a team event and 3 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Student Cycle Challenge promotional team on your campus might be able to help you to find a team. For contact details email cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie  

Q8. Can I have more or less than 3 members to a team?

The 2015 Student Cycle Challenge is a team event and 3 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Student Cycle Challenge promotional team on your campus might be able to help you to find a team. For contact details email cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie

Q9. One of the team members has dropped out – what should we do?

Please contact cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie  with the details of your team name and changes. If a new member is being substituted or is dropping out, please let us know as soon as possible.

Q10. I am going to be away from the campus on one of the days – can I still log the number of trips cycled?

Yes, the number of trips cycled by each individual on each day of the week can be recorded whether you are on campus or not, however you will need to log your trips online during the challenge in order for them to be included.

Q11. Does the team need to go cycling together every day?

No, each team member can clock up their cycle trips in their own time. However your team might also like to cycle together from time to time to encourage all members to clock up more trips. If you have a new cyclist on your team, more experienced cyclists might make some trips with the new cyclist to help them to get started.

Q12. Can we compete in the challenge for less than the 10 days?

Yes, however, your team will have a better chance of reaching the top of the leaderboard if they take part in the full 10 day challenge. There will also be opportunities for teams to win sport prizes throughout the 10 day competition.

Q13. Can I include time spent doing other physical activities (e.g. spinning classes in the gym)?

This is a cycle challenge so only time spent cycling outdoors on a moving bicycle can be counted.

Q14. What are the cyclist level categories?

New cyclist—this is someone who hasn’t cycled for the past 6 months or longer

Occasional cyclist—this is someone who cycles from time to time

Regular cyclist– this is someone who cycles all of the time

Q15. Is the challenge just about cycling on campus?

No – cycling anywhere, anytime will count. The 2015 Student Cycle Challenge is about cycling throughout your day.

Cycling all or part of the way to campus is a great way to increase your trips, clear your head, get some physical activity and reduce your personal and environmental travel costs.

Q16. Who else is participating?

This challenge is open to all Third Level Campuses around Ireland who have signed up to the Smarter Travel Campus programme. Visit www.cyclechallenge.ie to see the other campuses who are taking part.

Q17. What do I do if I can’t make an online submission?

To be part of the Challenge it is necessary to record your cycle trips online, so you will need to have access to the internet during the challenge.

Q18. What happens if I cannot submit the team information / don’t have access to a computer/tablet/smartphone?

To be part of the Challenge it is necessary to record your cycle trips online, so you will need to have access to the internet during the challenge. You may be able to access the internet from a PC in the library on your campus.

Q19. Can Campus staff compete?

The 2015 Student Cycle Challenge is for STUDENTS ONLY. The Smarter Travel Workplaces 10 Minute Challenge which runs every May is available for staff of workplaces and Third Level Campuses who are Partners of the Smarter Travel Workplaces Programme. For more details visit the 10 Minute Cycle Challenge pages of our website www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie  or email cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie .

Q20. What are the benefits of cycle?

Studies show that active people take less time off their daily duties, suffer fewer injuries and are more productive than less active people. For more information visit www.cyclechallenge.ie 

Q21. Are cycle trips entered monitored?

This challenge is based on honestly, however spot checks will be carried out throughout the challenge and the final Leaderboard will be published a few days after the end of the event to allow for rigorous Quality Assurance on the accuracy of the top teams’ entries.

Q22. When is the leaderboard updated?

The Leader Board will show the number of cycle trips made by each team participating in the challenge. The leaderboards will be published on the following dates:
•15th (showing trips entered on 12th, 13th & 14th)
•19th (showing trips entered on 12th-16th)
•21st (showing trips entered 12th – 20th)
•Final leaderboard – published before 30th of October

Q24. How are the prize winners determined?

The overall winning team will be the team at the top of the final leaderboard.

Other daily prizes and spot prizes will be chosen randomly by the organizers. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the 2015 Student Cycle Challenge Competition, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. For more details on prizes visit the Student Cycle Challenge prizes page www.cyclechallenge.ie

Q25. What are the prizes?

Prizes are provided by the National Transport Authority. Details of prizes for the 2015 Student Cycle Challenge will be announced on the prizes page on www.cyclechallenge.ie .  The overall winning teams will be the teams in the top position on the final leaderboard. There will be a number of spot prizes draws throughout the Challenge including; photo competitions, distance prize, story competitions, best new cyclists, as well as team captain and member nominations. A Best Campus Award will be presented to the campus with the highest weighting of trips across all students participating from their campus.

A Best Campus Implementation Team Award will be provided to the campus implementation group who demonstrate exceptional effort promoting and motivating students to get involved in the challenge. The award will be based on questions asked in the post-event evaluation.

Prize winners may have their name, team name and campus published on the website. They may also be asked to participate in a publicity shoot. To be eligible for Prizes, winners must be resident in the ROI, and be a student of a Third Level Campus who is a Partner of the Smarter Travel Campus programme. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the 2015 Student Cycle Challenge Competition, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. The National Transport Authority reserves the right not to award any of the prize categories stated above.

Can we win more than one prize? Teams can win many prizes throughout the course of the week long challenge. A number of spot prize categories are also available and details can be found on the prizes page of the 2015 Student Cycle Challenge website www.cyclechallenge.ie 

Q26. We are have technical difficulties – what should we do?
Contact cyclechallenge@nationaltransport.ie  with the details of your issue and any error messages you see. If your technical difficulty is related to your internet connection on campus then you will need to contact the IT department on your campus.