The National Bike Challenge is now a yearly tradition for tens of thousands of cyclists around the country. It is talked about in major publications, supported by one of the largest bicyclist advocacy groups in the world, and has the backing of Fortune 100 companies. It has also changed substantially in the years since it first launched as a shared Excel spreadsheet among friends at 3M, Kimberly Clark and Wells Fargo. The National Bike Challenge, as it stands in 2017, is an incredibly large application with bicycle-friendly features built directly for the community.
In 2016, Emerson Stone was contacted by PeopleforBikes and Kimberly Clark to take over the National Bike Challenge from the previous development team. Emerson Stone has a background in building projects for the outdoor sports market and large-scale application frameworks. The original code handed over was built as a labor of love, but was reaching its limits in scale and was unable to grow with the demands of the application. After the 2016 Challenge, the teams got together and started planning for a new application that would be more affordable to build and a joy for the users.