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Frequently Asked Questions


1.         What are the fees to participate in the ride?

3 Day Founder's Ride
There is a $195 non-refundable registration fee to participate in the Founder's Ride, which covers two nights in a hotel along the route plus all meals and refreshments at water stops along the route.  This fee also covers the Beyond the Bike bike jersey. In addition to the registration fee, each participant must raise $4,000 to benefit Beyond the 11th.  If all funds are not raised prior to October 15, 2016, we reserve the right to charge the balance to the participant's credit card.


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?

  1. Go to My HQ and login
  2. Under My To Do List choose Edit my Profile
  3. Scroll down to Event Information and choose Join team from drop down box OR choose I want to start my own team.

4.         When and where does the ride begin?

3 Day Founder's Ride
The ride begins at (time tbd) on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. A brief ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the attacks will precede the ride.You will need to arrange your own travel and accommodations the day before the ride.  A block of rooms is being held near ground zero in NYC at a discounted rate on Thursday, September 8.  We'll take care of everything from Friday, September 9 through your arrival at the finish in Boston on Sunday, September 11.  

5.         What is the ride route?

Coming soon

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?
Of course :) When you register for the ride, you will be asked to choose your jersey size. The jersey is included in your registration fee.

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?
To get credit for checks please follow these easy steps...

1. Go to MY HQ
2. On navigation bar on the Right, choose Enter Offline Donations
3. Click on Enter Pledge
4. Fill in Donation Entry Form and choose Submit
5. In memo portion of the check, please put your name and Participant ID # found when you click on pledge entry
6. Mail checks to:  Beyond the BIKE P.O. Box 457 Needham, MA 02494
7. Once we receive the checks, we will clear them on the website site and you will "get credit" for them. That money will then show up on  your money raised to date total.

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.

Here are a few of the many, many websites that offer guidance for distance training.  We don't advocate one over another; you and your doctor need to decide the exact training regimen that's best for you.

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