The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and Strava are challenging cyclists to rack up 5,000 meters in elevation gain between November 2nd and November 10th.

We encourage you to head to the trails, push it uphill, and climb some mountains. It’s not about how long you’re in the saddle or how far you travel – all that matters is how much you climb.

Don’t have a mountain bike? Try out your skinny tires; you might be surprised at how fun it can be. Even road pro Ted King switches it up sometimes. Check out this ride as proof: DIRTDIRTDIRTDIRT!

Take it to the trails and show your dedication to dirt. While you’re out there, respect the ground you cover and the people you encounter.

If you’ve forgotten the “Rules of the Trails” or need a refresher, read on. We’ve given them a little update and added a 7th rule – Be cool. Download the rules and share them with your friends, club or local trail association.

 IMBA is a nonprofit organization that helps to advance, build, and sustain trail systems. To learn more about what they do and how you can contribute, check out this partner feature on our blog or visit their website at