Become a Plain Pedaler!
Every year Pedal The Plains selects 3 to 5 Tour participants who share our excitement for the ride to become guest bloggers a part of the Plain Pedaler Program. You will have the opportunity to tell your story through photos and blog posts as you train during the weeks leading up to the event and while you explore the state during the ride itself. Your pictures and posts will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared via social media.
Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?
The perfect Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling. Plain Pedalers will be selected to write with a specific focus based on their walk of life and their identity. Are you “The Family Guy” or “The Athlete”? Maybe you are “The Professional” or “The Mom”? If you think your lifestyle can give a unique perspective to the Pedal The Plains experience, you may be the Plain Pedaler we are looking for. Interested applicants will submit a photo, along with an explanation of why they want to be a Plain Pedaler and what unique perspective they would bring to the ride. Next, we post all submissions on the Pedal The Plains social media networks. The public (including your friends) will vote for their favorites and the winners will move on to the next round. Early entries are encouraged – the sooner you enter, the sooner you can start collecting votes! Folks who receive the most votes on social media will advance to the 2nd round where their written entries and perspectives will be examined by event organizers. We’ll be looking for writing or photography chops, where you’re from and what angle you’ll be bringing to the blogging, as well as your ability to meet the program requirements. Winners will be contacted, announced on social media and posted on the PTP website.
All candidates must be participating in this year’s ride. Winning Plain Pedalers will receive a free entry into the 2017 Tour!
How it works:
1. Submit an entry by completing the online application HERE
The first step is to submit a photo with a caption, some vital stats, an explanation of why you want to be a Plain Pedaler, and what unique perspective, or identity, you’d bring to the ride. Your personal photo should be selected for humor or to express your love of cycling – people will be voting on their favorites, so choose wisely.
Your essay entry (in 500 words or less) can be about anything involving cycling. Tell us about why you ride, how you include your family in your hobby, amazing photos of bike culture or past cycling trips, the intensity of the pain you experience while riding. We’re looking for folks who share our wild enthusiasm for the sport, but beyond that the sky’s the limit! In your entry describe why you’d be a good Plain Pedaler. Be sure to include any special skills, like photography, writing, or even a social media obsession!
You entries are due by Tuesday, July 31.
2. Get votes for your photo/caption on the Pedal The Plains Facebook page
The photo and caption contest is how you get chosen to move on to the second round. Your photo will be posted on the Pedal The Plains website and Facebook page. The public will vote for their favorite candidates (Facebook likes and comments will all be tallied), and the winners will be selected to move on to the second round.
It’s your job to get as many votes as you can, however you can ; Facebook posts, email, tweets, flyers in your neighborhood – it’s up to you! We’ll be helping to promote all the photos on our Facebook page, blog, and newsletter, but we’re not going to play any favorites.
Online voting will end August 6th.
3. Top Advance to the Next Round
The top finishers in online voting will move on to Round 2 where they will be submitted to a panel of judges (including the Pedal The Plains Ride Director) who will select 3 or 4 Plain Pedaler winners!
By August 10th we’ll have our finalists announced.
I’m Plain Pedaler—now what?
First of all, congratulations on being selected! Winners will participate throughout the summer and fall by posting photos and stories, training tips, and any other cycling experiences they have on the Pedal The Plains blog. To help get them out riding, Plain Pedalers will automatically get free entry to the 2017 Pedal The Plains. During the ride, Plain Pedalers will have the chance to give the public an insider’s look at Pedal The Plains by writing daily blog posts and updating their own social media networks.
Plain Pedalers will also act as brand ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Winners will receive flyers with a special registration code to distribute throughout their community. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour by using their registration code will receive a free entry into the 2018 Pedal The Plains.
The Fine Print:
If you’re selected as a finalist, we will contact you right away to get you started! One free ride entry is included in the winners’ packets, so you’ll need to start training for Pedal The Plains. We’ll talk about what kind of reporting you can provide, and how to work with us as we get closer to ride week.
Suggested blog topics include:
– Introduce yourself and your connection to cycling and Colorado
– Training experiences or updates
– Cycling events experiences
– Photo or video essay (e.g., just photos/videos and captions, no additional text required) of a ride
– Funny or miserable experience
– Inspiring experience or breakthrough
– Bike maintenance or nutrition
– Gear experience or reviews
– Travel/riding in other places inter/nationally
Plain Pedalers will receive:
1) One free, guaranteed entry into 2017 Pedal The Plains Tour (if you’re already signed up we’ll refund you!)
2) Public recognition at events, including PTP Closing Ceremonies, and on website
3) The opportunity to promote their cause or tell their stories by sharing their posts and photos of training, riding, and exploring the state of Colorado
Plain Pedalers will work continually with the Pedal The Plains social media manager, who may edit posts for length, clarity, subject matter, and relevance. Every effort will be made to work with Plain Pedalers and make edits in collaboration, but the social media manager reserves the right to make final edits as necessary to post in a timely manner.
If selected, plagiarism and/or the use of photos that do not belong to the Plain Pedaler will not be accepted on any accounts. If Pedal The Plains is accused of plagiarism or the use of photo stock photography on the account of a Plain Pedaler, the blogger will be held responsible for paying all fines.