Since the first Northeast AIDS Ride in 1995, each year hundreds of “active-ists” form a community and experience a life changing event that helps hundreds of thousands of people affected by HIV and AIDS. Cycle for the Cause is a three day, 275 mile bike ride from Boston to New York City and the money raised through this event funds the critical HIV/AIDS services of the NYC LGBT Community Center (“The Center”).
The Center offers free, rapid HIV testing; counseling for individuals, groups, couples, and families; plus a variety of events, speakers, and informal social gatherings for positive people and their loved ones. The Center’s Executive Director, Glennda Testone, served on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Ending the Epidemic Task Force” and The Center’s work is part of the Governor’s Blueprint on Ending the AIDS Epidemic. Learn more about The Center.
Cycle for the Cause is September 20-23, 2018. The first day, September 20, is a travel and orientation day (Riders and Crew travel together in chartered buses and vans from The Center in the West Village to the start hotel in Boston), and The Ride is September 21-13.
Riders age 30+ raise at least $2750. Riders ages 18-29 raise at least $2000. Crew must raise a minimum of $500. The fundraising experts on the Cycle for the Cause staff are here to support you and offer you proven tips and tools; most Riders and Crew raise way more than the minimums.
All Cycle for the Cause participants must be at least 18 year old as of September 20, 2018.
Every Rider needs to have a bike and a helmet. Most people choose either a road bike or a hybrid. Whichever type of bike you choose, make sure that it fits you properly and has all of the basics (like brakes). If you need help choosing a bike, contact your Team Captain, or contact our Cycle for the Cause Coordinator.
Yes! There is a $500 fundraising minimum to Crew, although most Crew raise a lot more than the minimum. If you are on one of the Specialty Crew (Medical, Bike Tech, massage or MotoCrew, you are not required to fundraise; but, again, most do). Crew gets the same fundraising support from Team Captains, Fundraising Leaders and the Cycle for the Cause fundraising experts that is provided to Riders.
Absolutely everything! Crew transforms an empty road into a well-supported route with Rest Stops full of snacks and drinks, Bike Techs, Sweep vehicles, medical assistance and more. The crew finds tired bodies a hotel room each night and they massage and cheer them on. The crew makes Cycle for the Cause happen!
Virtual Rider is an amazing new participation option for those who want to join the Cycle for the Cause movement while raising critical funds for The Center’s HIV and AIDS programs, but can’t be with us in person on the ride itself. Find out more here!
We want you to focus on riding your bike, making new friends, honoring your reason for riding, and having the experience of a lifetime. So we take care of hotel accommodations all three nights, meals (breakfast and dinner at the hotels, and lunch on the route), Bike Tech, medical services, massage crew, and anything else we can think of that will make your experience amazing.
Very few. Once you are on the event, your meals, hotel rooms, transportation, and even some entertainment are provided for you. You may want to bring your debit card, credit card, or cash, for incidentals.
Yes, all meals are provided starting with dinner on Thursday night. We will eat breakfast and dinner together each day at that day’s hotel, and a nutritious lunch will be served each day along the route.
Definitely! We don’t expect (or advise) you to ride 275 miles without stopping. There are Rest Stops every 10-15 miles, and they are like magical oases – snacks, water, Gatorade, rest rooms and, best of all, CREW! Plus, Medical and Bike Tech services are available at each Rest Stop.
Our Medical Team (who are all volunteers, like all Crew) is comprised of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who will take care of all your refrigerated prescription drug needs, including delivering them to you during the day when you’re out on the road.
Hotel rooms are provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the event. While every effort is made to ensure only two people per hotel room, due to the growth of the ride we anticipate that some rooms will require three people. This means one person sleeping on a roll-a-way bed. Assignments for triple rooms will be made only by necessity and will be largely based on the date of registration (later registrants are more likely to be assigned to a triple room). We will notify individuals of rooming assignments in August.
Yes – you can tell us who you’d like to room with on your Travel Planner or we will be happy to match you up with someone (or someones!). Due to the growth of the ride, some people will have to be in triple rooms. Assignments for triple rooms will be made only by necessity and will be largely based on the date of registration (later registrants are more likely to be assigned to a triple room). Triple rooms will require one person sleeping on a roll-a-way bed.
We love it when friends or family come out to support you at the hotels or on the route. However, due to our limited space and resources, we ask that they not join us for meals or stay in your hotel room.
Take a look at our What to Bring section for a list of required and recommended equipment and clothing.
Absolutely! There is an overnight security team to keep your bike safe in our secure, well-lit bike parking area – it is not necessary to bring a bike lock. Due to hotel rules, bikes cannot be stored in your hotel room. But any other equipment (your helmet, bag, etc) can, of course, go with you into your hotel room.
Our Bike Techs are on hand at rest stops to fix what ails you. You can call the Command Center or flag one of the Sweep vehicles to take you to the next rest stop to check in with the Bike Tech team. You should carry spare tubes in your seat bag; if your bike needs a part that you don’t have, the Bike Techs can fix it – but there may be a cost for the spare part.
We suggest you have two water bottles attached to your bike; one for water and one for a sports drink (like Gatorade). You may also use a Camelbak™ hydration pack.
You should have a small bike pump attached to your bike or bring CO2 cartridges. If you use a CO2 cartridge to refill a flat tire, you should deflate your tire and refill it with regular air at the next rest stop or at the hotel (by using a simple stand pump). CO2 is a gas and quickly dissipates through the rubber, which can make it dangerous to ride on the re-inflated tire longer than you have to.
Even though you won’t be riding in the dark, it’s a good idea to have lights on your bike in case of rain or fog. Also, lights make you more visible to cars- which is always a good thing.
Your seat bag should include the following: two spare tubes, two tire levers, two CO2 cartridges, one valve/nozzle, and a bike wrench set. A portable phone charger is recommended, as well as your ID and a small amount of cash, just in case.
You’re on your own! (Just kidding). The route is well marked with signage, so Riders rarely get lost. But if you do get lost simply call the 800 number on your wristband (distributed at Thursday Orientation as part of your Registration Kit) and the Command Center will help you find your way back – or send a sweep vehicle to pick you up.
Cycle for the Cause is fully supported, so we’ve got you covered. The Sweep Team will be driving the route and is able to take you to the next rest stop or to the hotel if you’re done for the day. Of course, your teammates, friends, and the entire Cycle for the Cause family will be there to encourage you to keep going!
Keep in mind that we are riding our bikes across four states where weather can vary tremendously. September can vary with temperatures ranging from 35-60 degrees in the morning to 65-85 degrees in the afternoon. You should consider dressing in layers to be prepared for any kind of weather.
Generally speaking, Cycle for the Cause happens rain or shine so you should bring rain gear to be prepared to ride in the rain. A little rain never hurt anyone. A LOT of rain, on the other hand, makes riding our bikes unsafe. So, in the event of severe weather, our staff may delay, postpone or cancel a day of riding.
If you’re a Rider, you’ll make the trek from New York to Boston on comfy charter buses. Of course, you’ll be making the trek back from Boston on your bike, so… enjoy the plush seats and air conditioning.
Likewise, Crew will ride together in our decked out Crew Vans. Crew arrive in Boston around 12 p.m. on September 20, 2018, while Riders will arrive around 3:30 p.m. that day.
The Cycle for the Cause event starts on September 21, 2017. Departure for Cycle for the Cause is on September 20, 2018. We present an extremely important safety briefing and address some final housekeeping at that time. It is imperative that all participants are present in Framingham, MA for these activities on September 20, 2018. Specifically, Crew should arrive by 12 p.m. and Riders by 3:30 p.m. If you know in advance that you will arrive after that, please contact the Cycle for the Cause Coordinator.
We’ll be sad to see you go. But if you need to leave the event early, you should talk with Cycle for the Cause staff, as we can provide information and advice on securing transportation home. Of course any related costs will be your responsibility.
There is a Medical Crew who will be at each rest stop and at the hotel each day. It is understood that the scope of services provided by the Medical Team will be limited to the provision of First Aid. In an emergency situation, the team will provide emergency support until local Emergency Medical Service Teams arrive on-site.
Any two or more people can form a team – although we suggest that a team consist of at least 3. A team can be made up of friends, family, co-workers, frenemies, neighbors…. anyone at all! And both Riders and Crew can be on the same team.
Nope! While being on a team is fun and can support you with fundraising and training, many Riders join Cycle for the Cause as individuals. Whether you join a team or as an individual, we assure you that you’ll meet tons of amazing new friends!
Yes, you may join a team at any time. To join a team, please contact the Team Captain or a Ride Coordinator.
Due to limited space, insurance requirements, and team continuity, the general answer is no. But we still love you.
Once you are on the event we provide all your transportation. Generally you travel with your team in a truck, car or van.