FAQs 2021-02-16T16:03:44-05:00
Will I be required to do something every single day during The 275 Challenge? 2021-02-16T17:06:34-05:00

No! You can structure your personal 275 Challenge any way you’d like, whether it’s completing your personal challenge in one day or chipping away at it daily over the entire 27.5 days. That said, we promise to make every single day of The 275 Challenge fun, engaging and community-focused!

Why is Cycle for the Cause not being hosted in-person as planned for September 2021? 2021-02-16T17:03:55-05:00

To protect the health and safety of our community and given the logistics of Cycle for the Cause (shared hotels, multiple state permits, etc), we will sadly not be able to move forward with our annual three-day event in person. We have instead decided to reimagine the 275 Challenge to ensure we are still supporting The Center as best as we can, and bring critical support to the thousands of LGBTQ people who rely on The Center’s services now more than ever.

Will the in-person Ride be rescheduled? 2021-02-16T17:04:30-05:00

Due to the complexity of coordinating all of the hotel venues, vendors, volunteers, etc. that are involved with this event, we are not able to reschedule the three-day physical ride to another weekend. We are excited about our expanded 275 Challenge where we can continue to raise funds for The Center and come together virtually from August 29 – September 25, 2021.

In the event that it becomes clear that the public health situation will allow for large gatherings, The Center staff will make a decision regarding the planning of a one-day Ride experience and/or closing ceremony based out of the NYC metro area, similar to Ride Preview Days of past Cycle years. This one-day event will be held on the closing day of the 275 Challenge on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

What is the virtual 275 Challenge? 2021-02-16T17:05:11-05:00

Our expanded 275 Challenge is a virtual experience for you to test yourself physically or creatively for 27.5 days. Participants are encouraged to choose between our four participant types: Cyclist, Runner, Walker, or Creator. We want to give you the freedom to do whatever works for you!

Why is this year’s 275 Challenge taking place over 27.5 days? 2021-02-16T17:05:59-05:00

The C4C Team is continuously looking at new ways to reimagine and improve our virtual events. With the success of the 275 Challenge 2020 and feedback from the hundreds of people who participated, we are expanding our event from one day to 27.5 days. This will give anyone who chooses to participate in the 275 Challenge an entire month to complete it at their own pace, and reach their personal fundraising goal with ease. This also gives participants opportunities to participate in fun social media-based daily mini challenges, tune in to live weekly updates, and attend virtual get-togethers to connect to our community throughout the 27.5 days. There are so many great things to look forward to!

I was already registered for Cycle for the Cause in September and am ready to take part in the 275 Challenge. Do I need to do anything with my registration page? 2021-02-22T11:38:24-05:00

No, you are all set! In fact, we’ve already converted your registration fee into a donation and have counted it toward your overall fundraising total. Additionally, all default copy on your fundraising page has been adjusted to support your virtual effort during this critical time, including a description of The Challenge and what you are asking donors to support. Log in to take a look and get started on your Challenge. If you personalized your page with your own text, that has not yet been altered. Please check out our samples and update your own story. 

I was signed up to Crew in September…what now? 2021-02-16T17:07:26-05:00

The great part of a virtual Challenge is that anyone can choose how they would like to participate, in whatever way challenges them that is fun and impactful. That includes our amazing and beloved Crew! Choose from one of our four participant types listed above and get a jump start on planning your Challenge. With our new Creator participant type, participants can choose an activity that speaks to you as a Crew member—275 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for their local hospital, anyone? 27.5 days of walking in a rest stop costume in your neighborhood? You are going to crush this Challenge and we can’t do this without you!

For any questions regarding our new Creator participant type, please email us at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org.

I was already signed up for Cycle for the Cause in September. Will my registration fee be refunded? 2021-02-16T17:07:43-05:00

While your registration fee was non-refundable, it was also originally not tax-deductible. We are now able to convert your fee into a donation, which is fully tax-deductible, and officially counts towards your fundraising goal (plus our awesome incentive rewards). Thank you for this important contribution.

Can I continue fundraising and have it count toward my total? 2021-02-22T11:39:26-05:00

Absolutely! We are grateful to have your continued support, and the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV and AIDS need us now more than ever. Log into your online fundraising center here.

How do I turn in cash and checks I’ve received? 2021-02-16T17:09:59-05:00

You may still mail those to: The Center, Attn: Cycle for the Cause, 208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011. Please feel free to give Marc, David, or Stefan a heads up at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org

Funds must be received by October 31 to be counted toward the 275 Challenge fundraising prizes. Please do not send cash, and ensure your participant’s first and last name are noted clearly with your checks.

What is the fundraising deadline for The 275 Challenge? 2021-02-16T17:10:24-05:00

With the month-long event ending on September 25, the fundraising deadline in order to earn incentives is October 31, though please feel free to continue to raise funds through the year on your participant page.

Are there still fundraising incentives for The 275 Challenge? 2021-02-16T17:10:45-05:00

Yes! We’re excited to offer even more incentives for all participants this year. Start receiving exclusive 275 Challenge items upon your first donation, and for any amount raised over $275. Note the deadline for earning all incentives is October 31. Those that earn the $275 reward t-shirt by August 13 will receive this prior to our opening day.  

Will I still receive my fundraising jersey if I raise the set amount for my jersey? 2021-02-22T11:40:25-05:00

Unfortunately, due to the high costs and production logistics for fundraising jerseys, we will not be sending those out at the $5K and $10K levels. Our new incentives for those levels are pretty great though—check them out!

When can I register for next year’s event? 2021-02-16T17:11:58-05:00

Please visit cycleforthecause.org, and stay tuned for announcements about events happening in 2022 where we look forward to coming back together in person as a community.

If I have other questions, who should I reach out to? 2021-02-16T17:12:23-05:00

Please contact us at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org with any questions whatsoever.

Is Cycle for the Cause still happening in September 2020? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

While we remain optimistic about being able to proceed with Cycle for the Cause in its current three-day format, we are monitoring the situation daily with the intention to make all key decisions by June 1, with guidance from the CDC and federal, state and local government officials. Should we not be able to move forward with the Ride in its current format, we will examine an alternate option for an in-person event or virtual event for 2020.

Are fundraising minimums still the same? 2020-04-24T11:12:20-04:00

As of now, in the hopes of having a full three-day Cycle for the Cause, we are maintaining the required minimums to provide the crucial funds needed to support The Center’s mission and the most vulnerable populations of NYC’s LGBTQ community.  Your funds are needed now more than ever before.

Do you have updated messaging I can send my supporters to encourage donations? 2020-04-24T11:12:23-04:00

Yes, please click here and see your participant resource center for updated messaging you can customize. 

Are there still fundraising incentives, even if C4C must convert to a different format or virtual ride? 2020-04-24T11:12:27-04:00

Yes! Your fundraising has never been more important, and we have never been more grateful.   Please check back here for this year’s exciting fundraising incentives.

If the three-day Ride takes place with sign-off from state officials, what precautions will you take to provide a safe and healthy experience? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

We will of course be making decisions informed by experts in the field and local authorities to ensure the safety and health of our participants, including but not limited to:

  • Increased hand sanitation options and availability
  • Mandatory hygiene requirements for food safety and service
  • Increased medical support
  • Increased scrutiny of sharing of equipment
What is Cycle for the Cause? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

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”).

Established in 1983 as a result of the AIDS crisis, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown and evolved over the last four decades, creating and delivering services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center continues to serve the LGBTQ community through virtual support services, launched almost immediately after our building closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does the Ride sell out? If so, how can I still participate? 2019-06-27T15:23:00-04:00

Because of our commitment to keeping the Ride fully supported every year, we are limited in the amount of guaranteed hotel space that we can offer to participants. However, in an effort to keep the Ride open to any individuals who want to register to be a Rider with enough time to fundraise and train, we open up our DIY Hotel participation option when we reach our accommodation capacity.

What is the “DIY Hotel” Option? 2020-09-10T09:57:39-04:00
  • Our DIY Hotel Riders will not be guaranteed a spot in C4C’s hotel room block, but will be given assistance in finding a nearby hotel room to book, including choosing from a reduced-rate room block reserved by C4C. They will be financially responsible for these rooms.
  • We will help these Riders with their transportation to the main hotel each morning and evening. 
  • DIY Hotel Riders will also receive all other support features, including meals, transportation, bike shipping and specialty support. 
  • They will also be added to a waitlist for a room in the main hotel and will be given advance notice if a spot opens up to allow them to cancel their hotel reservations.

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19.

When is Cycle for the Cause? 2020-09-10T09:58:22-04:00

Cycle for the Cause is September 23-26, 2021. The first day, September 23, 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 24-26.

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19.

What are the fundraising minimums? 2018-01-16T17:13:37-05:00

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.

What is the age requirement? 2020-09-10T09:58:50-04:00

All Cycle for the Cause participants must be at least 18 year old as of September 23, 2021.

What kind of bike do I need? 2020-02-28T14:02:51-05:00

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 Fundraising Coordinator.

Does Crew fundraise? 2020-02-28T14:03:52-05:00

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, Sports Medicine or Moto Safety), 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.

What exactly does the Crew do? 2020-02-28T14:05:04-05:00

For three days, Crew dedicate their time and energy to making sure our hundreds of Riders are safe, fed, hydrated and supported. This includes, but is not limited to, staffing themed rest stops while pouring water, mixing Gatorade and serving snacks, checking participants into hotels, parking bicycles, picking up exhausted Riders along the route, giving hugs and leading cheers (lots and lots of cheers!).

What is a Virtual Rider? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

Virtual Rider is a 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!

What does “fully supported” mean? 2018-01-16T17:15:04-05:00

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.

What costs will I incur during the event? 2018-01-16T17:45:34-05:00

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.

Are meals provided? 2020-09-10T09:59:32-04:00

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.

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. 

Are there rest stops? 2018-01-16T17:16:10-05:00

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.

I have special medicines that require refrigeration. What should I do? 2020-09-10T09:59:50-04:00

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.

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. 

Where do I sleep each night? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

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).

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. 

Will I have a roommate? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

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.

These plans are subject to change and will be updated depending on future social distancing and safety guidelines due to COVID-19. 

Can I have friends meet me at the hotel and can they stay or eat with me? 2018-01-16T17:18:35-05:00

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.

What should I pack? 2018-01-16T17:19:02-05:00

Take a look at our What to Bring section for a list of required and recommended equipment and clothing.

Will my bike be stored securely at night? 2018-01-16T17:19:21-05:00

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.

What if I have a mechanical problem on the road? 2018-01-16T17:19:42-05:00

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.

How many water bottles do I need? 2018-01-16T17:19:55-05:00

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.

Do I need to bring a bike pump? 2018-01-16T17:20:11-05:00

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.

Do I need lights for my bike? 2018-01-16T17:20:26-05:00

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.

What should be included in my seat bag on my bike? 2021-02-16T16:03:45-05:00

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.

What if I get lost on the ride? 2018-01-16T17:22:25-05:00

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.

What if I can’t finish riding any of the days? 2018-01-16T17:22:48-05:00

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!

What is the weather like? 2018-01-16T17:22:59-05:00

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.

What happens if it rains? 2018-01-16T17:23:05-05:00

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.

How do I get to Boston? 2020-09-10T10:02:10-04:00

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 23, 2021, while Riders will arrive around 3:30 p.m. that day.

What do I do if I arrive late for the ride? 2020-09-10T10:02:43-04:00

The Cycle for the Cause event starts on September 24, 2021.  Departure for Cycle for the Cause is on September 23, 2021. 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 23, 2021. 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 Fundraising Coordinator.

What if I have to leave the ride early? 2018-01-16T17:29:30-05:00

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.

What happens if I’m not feeling well? What if I get injured? 2018-01-16T17:29:51-05:00

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.

How many people make up a team? 2020-02-28T14:10:19-05:00

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.

Do I have to join a team? 2018-01-16T17:30:11-05:00

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!

Can I register as an individual then join a team later? 2020-02-28T14:09:22-05:00

Yes, you may join a team at any time.  To join a team, please contact the Team Captain or our Fundraising Coordinator.

Can I bring my own vehicle on the event? 2018-01-16T17:30:37-05:00

Due to limited space, insurance requirements, and team continuity, the general answer is no. But we still love you.

How do Crew members get to and from their assigned posts each day? 2018-01-16T17:32:00-05:00

Once you are on the event we provide all your transportation. Generally you travel with your team in a truck, car or van.