First-Ever Rogue Challenge: 50 Biking Calories for Time

The first ever Rogue Challenge is open to everyone, everywhere.

Rogue Fitness has been involved in many of the biggest events in strength sports. One of their biggest events since its debut in 2015 has been the Rogue Record Breakers (RRB) events, where athletes attempt to rewrite history and break standing records in their strongest disciplines. In strongman, the RRB event has been a mainstay of the Arnold Sports Classic (ASC) — in 2019, there were nine RRB events, and in 2020, there were 10. In CrossFit, the Rogue Invitational is a yearly CrossFit Games qualifier.

On November 30th, Rogue Fitness announced the first-ever Rogue Challenge on their Instagram account. In 2019, Rogue “put the RRB into an online format.” That format will continue with the new Rogue Challenge and “anyone, anywhere, is welcome to sign-up and compete for a spot on the leaderboard.”

It will consist of one event — who can burn 50 calories on a Rogue Echo Bike the fastest? Make no mistake, this will be no easy feat to win.


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How Difficult Is 50 Calories For Time?

At first glance, it might sound like 50 calories on the Rogue Echo Bike isn’t all that difficult. Looks can be deceiving. According to the Rogue Echo Bike calorie conversion chart by Heatminded“it takes about 1200 watts to generate 1 calorie on the Echo Bike.” That means at 50 rotations per minute (rpm), an athlete would generate 149 watts per second. Therefore one calorie would be burned every eight seconds, approximately.

So if an athlete held the pace of 50rpm for the entire event, it would take 400 seconds to burn 50 calories — a little over six and a half minutes. Of course, many athletes will go much, much faster than that. And it’s going to be very tough, much like previous RRB events have been.

Rogue Record Breakers 

In 2018, the 2018 WSM champion Hafthor Bjornsson hit the current Elephant Bar deadlift world record of 474 kilograms (1,045 pounds) and the weight-over-bar world record (56 pounds over a 20-foot bar). In 2016, three-time World’s Strongest Woman Donna Moore broke the Atlas Stone world record with a 148.9-kilogram (328.3-pound) lift — a record she has also since broke by 22.1 kilograms (48.7 pounds) in the World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” series.

At the 2020 RRB, four-time Britain’s Strongest Woman Andrea Thompson set the Elephant Bar deadlift world record of 281 kilograms (621 pounds) — a notable battle against Kristin Rhodes who also pulled over 600 pounds in that event.

Rogue Challenge

Open registration and further details about the Rogue Challenge will be released on Dec. 1st, 2020. Will the first ever Rogue Challenge be won by a known elite CrossFit Games athlete or will an unknown rise to the challenge and shock the world? We are eagerly awaiting to find out.

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