1. What are the fees to participate in the ride?
3 Day Founder's Ride
2. How do I become part of a team?
You can either join an existing team or start one of your own. Click on "Teams" for more information.
3. I already signed up as an individual. How do I Start or Join a team?
4. When and where does the ride begin?
3 Day Founder's Ride
5. What is the ride route?
6. Will a bike mechanic be available during the ride?
Yes, a mechanic will travel with the riders to provide full mechanical and SAG support.
7. Is there a ride jersey?
8. Do you have any tips for fundraising?
Yes! Check out fundraising tips on the homepage. Use the online tools - including a personal web page, emails, and social networking tips - to collect donations. We've tried to make it as easy as possible for you. Once you register, a fundraising page will be automatically generated. We even provide sample fundraising letters that you can send directly from the website. To access them, choose email friends, scroll thru the drop down menu titled Templates then choose from the sample letters we've provided or write your own.
9. What is My HQ (Headquarters)?
Under "My HQ" on the left-hand navigation bar you can log on to your headquarters page. On this page you can make changes to any data that you entered when you registered, for instance goal, profile, login/password, team, etc. This is the page that you use for sending emails out to friends and sponsors. It is also the page where you check your donation report.
10. What should I do with Checks that I collect?
11. How physically fit do I need to be to participate?
Because it is a physically challenging route, all participants must have experience riding longer distances prior to participation. In addition, cyclists should ride a minimum of 15 mph. If you are unsure about your ability, please contact Susan Retik directly to discuss.
12. How should I prepare my bike?
Please make sure you've had your bike thoroughly checked and tuned by a qualified bike mechanic before the ride. While our ride support will have tubes, tires and some replacement parts, it's always smart to carry your own tubes, tire irons and pump.
13. I've never done a ride this long - what's the best way to train?
There are many excellent biking websites that offer training advice for long rides (see below.) The most important advice we can give is START EARLY. For a September ride, you should start training this spring. Try to ride multiple times per week, even if all you can manage is an hour or two before or after work. Build long rides into your weekends. September can be warm, so acclimating to long rides during the summer months will be important.
A word of caution: you should have completed at least one century bike ride (100 miles in one day) within the last few years before attempting a ride of this duration. Our route is 270 miles long, the rough equivalent of three century rides in a row. To be fair to the other riders and our support staff, we are counting on you to be experienced enough for the ride.