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NYC - DC Rider Bikes Across the Country to Support GRID Alternatives and Join Climate Ride

Emily Kern on September 19, 2016, 10:36 AM

Many Climate Riders have trained hard and traveled far to make it to this event, but probably none farther and harder than Michael Johnson-Chase.


Although Michael calls New York home, he has spent the last five months biking north through California and across the United States on his unsupported, trans-America GRID Alternatives Tour, which he created as part of Climate Ride’s Independent Challenge program. Michael is biking to support GRID Alternatives, a Climate Ride beneficiary that offers solar installations and workforce training in the solar field for homes, businesses, and affordable housing. 

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Independent Challenge Spotlight: California Woof Ride!

Emily Kern on July 7, 2016, 2:57 PM

Last year, Harvey Slater rode in the California Climate Ride to support the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). This year, logistics and dates didn’t line up with his schedule, so he got creative! Harvey generated his own 320 mile, unsupported, multi-day California bicycle tour as part of Climate Ride’s Independent Challenge program and brought the whole family along. Harvey, his partner Ricky, and their four dogs–Max, Chiquita, Little Foot, and Carlos–have just returned from six days pedaling along the California Central Coast on their self-created “California Woof Ride.”

“I wanted to participate and do something to contribute…and raise money for LACBC,” explains Harvey. “I came up with this independent challenge, and decided to bring the dogs along to make it a little extra challenging and fun. I have always thought it would be fun to take the dogs on a camping bike tour. I also felt like if I was going to do something like this and ask for donations every year, I needed to give my donors and contacts something new and challenging to…

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Independent Challenge Spotlight: Trans-America tour for GRID Alternatives

Emily Kern on June 16, 2016, 5:00 PM

“Just finished the most challenging day yet on this tour–three peaks, 100+ degree heat, 83 miles with no towns and no services… as I cross into Utah,” Michael Johnson-Chase, Climate Ride Independent Challenger, writes from the road outside of Milford, Utah.

At this moment, Michael Johnson-Chase bravely pedals his way across the Utah desert and will continue east over the Rocky Mountains to meet and volunteer with Denver’s GRID Alternatives office. Michael is in the middle of a trans-America unsupported bicycle tour that he created with the help of Climate Ride’s Independent Challenge program. Propelled by only his pedal power, his goal is to visit all 11 of the GRID Alternatives offices across the country, while raising…

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New Year, New Reasons, and New Resolutions

Emily Kern on January 11, 2016, 4:06 PM

The New Year is a great time for a new personal challenge. This year Climate Ride is offering a record ten physically challenging events across the country, including one in Southeast Asia! How can one say "NO" to signing up for a new personal challenge while taking direct action to grow the sustainability movement at the same time?!


I know my personal challenges can make me feel overwhelmed, but Climate Ride's Independent Challenge Program will help make saving the world that much more do-able.

Even with more events in more places at more times throughout the year, we still find that a lot of people can't join us for a Climate Ride event. That’s why we developed the Independent Challenge program: to allow anyone anywhere to create and register an event and fundraise for the cause they're passionate…

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Independent Challenge Spotlight: Running to Paris

Emily Kern on December 17, 2015, 11:52 AM

Many people around the world tuned in last week to the Paris Climate Conference, shared stories and ideas, and raised their voices against climate change. Like others who raised their voices, Tina Hilding, temporarily living in Norway, just finished running an epic 350 miles over two and a half months in support for 350.org and the Paris Climate Conference.

Tina intended to join the Paris relay, “Run for Your Life,” but after the attacks on Paris, her plans changed. Despite the attacks and the diminishing daylight during this time of year in the Arctic, she accomplished her goal.

Below is a Q&A with Tina about her Independent Challenge and keen insights from living in the Arctic. She is an incredible symbol of triumph and adaptability as we take on the global challenge of climate action! 

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