CW5000 February challenges

Two more challenges to help get you on your bike in February. Remember, by the end of this month, it'll basically be spring, so keep riding and stay safe.

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

As we all face another month of restricted riding we’ve adapted this month's challenges so they’re a little easier to do, and can be done on a turbo trainer and virtual platform. While Zwift remains the most popular, our CW5000 riders are using Fulgaz, RGT Cycling, Rouvy, The Sufferfest and others. 

Many platforms are offering 14 day free trials and they’re definitely helping us keep riding. During lockdown all challenges can be done on the turbo as long as you’re able to log your ride info. If you are heading out on the road please stick to whatever restrictions you’re under, be self sufficient and ride well within your capabilities. 

>>>>Can you ride 5,000 miles in a year? Sign up to the challenge and find out.

Once you’ve completed the two challenges, send proof along with any information or stories from your rides to We’ll include some in the update during the month.

1 Log 100 miles in one week

100 miles is just over the average weekly total you’ll need to hit to reach 5,000 miles in one year. It’s not a big total, and in summer that can be ticked off in a day, but during February daylight hours are still short and the weather can be even worse than January.

1 Do a ride with at least 2,500 ft of elevation

This should be a fairly testing ride, and if you’re having to stay local in your riding you might even need a loop which takes in a couple of climbs and ride it on multiple occasions. 2,500ft is around 750 metres. To put that into context, Winnats pass in Derbyshire gains 180m, the Llanberis Pass in North Wales 252m and Box Hill in Surrey 129m.

Editor Simon Richardson will be setting up another Zwift meet-up this month on a route that will cover this distance and elevation. Sign up to the CW5000 and join the Facebook group for more details on when and where.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!

Simon is currently riding

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel