FAQ for Academic Institutions

Who is allowed to participate?

All staff members and students belonging to the officially participating universities and colleges . The ABC is open to all academic institutions. Don't hesitate to contact us if you work for a university or college ...

Where are participants allowed to collect milage?

For the ABC, it does not matter where participants cycle. Every kilometre counts, anywhere. If someone's university or college is in country A it is no problem if a participant cycles in country B. The cycled milage will count for the selected university during holidays and on official journeys as well.

When will the ABC take place?

Due to its international character the ABC will take place from April till September 2019. As a university or college you can select during which month you participate for 30 days. We will repeat the challenge annually.

Which academic disciplines does the ABC involve?

The ABC addresses all academic disciplines as well as the academic administrations of universities and colleges. See our list of disciplines ...  

Which leaderboard categories does the ABC provide?

The ABC provides 8 different leaderboard types within the app as well as here on the website. See the ABC leaderboards ...

How does the ABC work in detail?

For staff and students as well as for universities and colleges participating is easy. If you want more background information about the mode of operation for your institution, please read our conditions of participation for academic institutions ... 

What kind of input is required from our university or college?

The input list is clear and manageable. Please have a look here ...

Does it cost to participate?

Participation in ABC 2019 is free of charge for academic institutions and their students and employees.  

We will provide the following ABC 2019 services below to all participating academic institutions:

  • Implementation of your university in the technical infrastructure and communication of the ABC
  • Visibility of your university for all ABC participants on world-wide level via ABC website and app
  • Free smartphone app for recording cycled trips
  • Free participation for all students and employees of your university
  • Specific leaderboards for your university as to academic disciplines, teams and individuals, visible on the ABC website and in the app any time
  • Text and media content for your communication of the ABC on university level to limited extent (e.g. for press releases, newsletters, Social Media, flyers, posters)
  • Your personal ABC contact person for inquiries before, during and after the challenge

What are the ABC rules for participants?

Please find all rules for participating staff and students here ...

What is the difference between the ABC and other cycling contests?

The ABC is completely new. It is unique due to its clear and specific focus on academic institutions. For example the ABC allows the selection of an academic discipline for all participants, so that these disciplines will be comparable worldwide and at university level. The whole communication will be targeted to university and college staff and students. Not least the ABC is an international challenge involving academic institutions from all continents. For the first time, academic institutions will be able to compare their cycling activities on a global scale.

Does the ABC support our university or college in the field of communication?

Yes. Please find several resources for communicating the ABC towards students and staff here ...

Who organises the ABC?

The professional ABC team located at beemo GmbH, a spin-off enterprise of Münster University of Applied Sciences. Learn more about the ABC team ...

What is the connection between the ABC and Naviki?

The ABC provides the Naviki app for all ABC participants in order to record bicycle trips and to view the up-to-date ABC leaderbords. In general, Naviki is a comprehensive bicycle app providing route planning and navigation for cycling.

What about Privacy and Data protection?

To give you a better understanding about what data is collected and processed when participants use the Naviki app to participate in the ABC, we have compiled a Privacy Overview. From a more formal point of view, please see our official privacy policy, which is part of our legal notice.

The ABC is a great campaign – is it possible for our university or college to join?

Sure, your university or college is welcome to participate. Please get in touch in order to clarify the next steps.

Further questions?

Don't hesitate to contact us or visit our FAQ page for participants.