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Czech Embassy Bike Challenge 2021

Czech Embassy Bike Challenge 2021

September 28, 2021, 9:00 AM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to its second annual Czech Embassy Bike Challenge. Cycle, compete, and celebrate Czech Independence Day.

Cycle anytime during the challenge period from September 28 to October 28, 2021, in two categories:
Cycle at least once in the challenge period – to work, with family, friends, during the weekend – and record your ride! Best part? You can do it anywhere in the United States! Even one ride counts.
Cycle the 19.18 km long track from Georgetown to Great Falls (the same track as in 2020!), record your ride and compare your time with others!
The top ten participants in the Challenger category will receive medals and beer kits provided by Pilsner Urquell, Czechvar, and Port City Brewing or a special Embassy gift bag for participants under 21.
For the Commuter category, the Embassy will award a special gift bag to three random participants, as well as the person who bikes the most miles.
TIME: Anytime from September 28 to October 28, 2021
WHERE: For Commuters : Anywhere in the US

For Challengers:

Start: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (gravel trail) in Georgetown under the Key Bridge (map)

Finish: Mile 13 Marker at the Great Falls on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath – before Lock 15 (map)

Map of the entire 19.18 km (~12m) track from Georgetown to the Great Falls


Czech Embassy Bike Challenge is open to everyone!
If you want to participate in the Commuter and/or Challenger category, you must follow these 3 steps:
1) Register on Eventbrite at

2) Become a member of “Czech Embassy Bike Challenge 19.18” in the Strava tracking app.

3) Cycle – simply hit the record button when you cycle anytime during the challenge period!

About Strava tracking
Strava is an internet service for tracking human exercise which incorporates social network features. It is mostly used for cycling and running using GPS data. Strava uses a freemium model with some features only available in the paid subscription plan. To take part in the challenge, free Strava membership is sufficient. The Czech Embassy created a 19.18 km long track (segment) on Strava on a popular trail leading from Georgetown to Great Falls. By registering for the challenge and becoming a member of the “Czech Embassy Bike Challenge 19.18“ club, the Czech Embassy will be able to filter results of those taking part in our challenge with other cyclists riding on the trail and passing through the same track. There is not any official cooperation between Strava and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. and the Embassy cannot guarantee 100% accuracy of the tracking system. Please keep in mind that our challenge is not an official race as the Embassy provides solely a joint leaderboard to measure the time from your leisure ride with others.

Final results
Strava app will update the joint leaderboard for the “Czech Embassy Bike Challenge 19.18” club automatically based on the recording of all results. We will take into account results from September 28-October 28, 2021 only. This is a friendly challenge, participation of everyone is encouraged, and one final leaderboard will be provided once the challenge is over.

Why 19.18 km?
The year 1918 brought independence to the Czech people. That year, future President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and sitting US President Woodrow Wilson shared a friendship and vision that forever changed the map of Europe with the creation of a sovereign, democratic state on October 28. The Czech Embassy Bike Challenge honors the historic year of independence via its 19.18 km track and challenges all to seek out Czech connections in the United States!

By registering, you are acknowledging that you are going to take part in the Czech Embassy Bike Challenge (“Challenge“) at your own risk. The Challenge does not constitute an official race as the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, (“Embassy”) provides solely a joint leaderboard for those who voluntarily cycle at the time of their choice a ride of their choice or the segment created in the Strava app. The created segment is an open trail with other cyclists, hikers, runners, and pedestrians. It is imperative that all Challenge participants obey all existing laws and regulations as well as friendly cyclist manners.

Conducting activities outside of your home poses an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. You and any family members and guests voluntarily assume all risks related to the Challenge and exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Embassy or any of their diplomats, staff, contractors, affiliates, employees, agents, or volunteers liable for any illness, injury, or death.

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