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2021 Closing Celebration 2021-09-09T10:50:48-04:00

The Cycle for the Cause team is excited to bring you a very special 275 Challenge closing celebration on Saturday, September 25, 2021. First, get your bikes tuned up and your athletic shoes ready, and sign up for a fully supported 27.5-mile bike ride, or a 2.75-mile walk/run to complete your personal 275 Challenge! Then, join all 275 Challenge peers alongside your friends and family at our closing party on Pier 84.

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE

Registration for the ride will be $35 with a suggested fundraising goal of $275. Registration for the walk/run will be $20 with a suggested fundraising goal of $275.

275 Challenge Creators will be invited to showcase what they have created at the closing celebration on Pier 84. General admission for the party on Pier 84 will be free with advance registration for friends and family. Full details will be provided to participants upon registration for the event.

All September 25 ride/walk/run participants are required to create a 275 Challenge fundraising page for free at support.gaycenter.org, if they have not yet previously done so. Have you already created your DonorDrive 275 Challenge fundraising page and started fundraising? Well then, you’re on your way!

Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided to all attendees, with boxed lunches available for all registered 275 Challenge participants who participate in the ride, walk, or run.

We can’t wait to celebrate the accomplishments of this community and support the incredible work of The Center!

Participation

Who can participate in The 275 Challenge closing celebration and how old do you have to be?

  • 2.75-mile Run/Walk: All ages
  • 27.5-mile Ride: 16+ on or before Saturday, September 25. All minors under 18 must ride with a registered adult caregiver or parent.
  • Exhibitor: 275 Challenge Creators are invited to publicly exhibit what they have created during their challenges at the closing celebration. Email us at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org to learn more.
  • General Admission: All ages

For the cycling and running component: The 275 Challenge closing celebration is a fun run/ride, not a race! We welcome all participants, from all places, with all levels of ability. There will not be timing or awards for the fastest participation.

We have partnered with Unlimited Biking to provide high-quality rentals and convenient service at affordable prices. From hybrids to carbon Cannondales, single-seaters to tandems and attachments for kids, Unlimited Biking will have the perfect option for you to complete your 275 Challenge with us safely and comfortably. Every bike comes with a helmet at no additional charge. Simply pre-book your bike of choice via the link above, and then pick it up/drop it off at the event on September 25.

Logistics

Where does the closing ceremony ride/walk/run start and finish?
The ride/walk/run will begin and end at beautiful Pier 84, right next to the Intrepid, off of West 44th Street and the West Side Highway.

What time does the event start and end?
The schedule is as follows. It is subject to change, so please check your production e-communications from our event team as we get closer to September 25.

7 a.m. 27.5-mile Riders arrive, Check-In + Hospitality
7:45 a.m. Brief Opening Remarks
8 a.m. 27.5-mile Riders Start
8:30 a.m. Walkers, Runners and Exhibitors Check-in
9:15 a.m. Brief Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. 2.75-mile Walkers and Runners Start
10 a.m. Pier 84 Party Opens to Public
1 p.m. End of Event

How do I get myself (and my bike, if participating as a rider) there?

Via Car:
Parking is available in paid lots nearby. Please plan to arrive no later than 7 a.m. if you are a bike ride participant, and no later than 8:30 a.m. if you are a walk/run participant.

Via Train & Public Transit:
Subway: ACE to 42 St – Port Authority Bus Terminal
MTA Bus: M42 to 12 Av/W 42 St and M50 to 12 Av/W 46 St (walkers and runners only, as bikes are not permitted on MTA buses) to 42 St – Port Authority Bus Terminal
Metro North to Grand Central Station or Penn Station (transfer to MTA options above)
Jersey / PATH to World Trade Center or 9 Street (transfer to ACE)

*Please check with transit for any scheduled changes that may impact your travel to/from the event

As a rider, do I need to supply my own bike?
Yes, all riders should plan to supply their own bike or one they borrowed from a friend or family member or rented for the occasion. Note every rider MUST be wearing a helmet to participate, or you will be asked to depart from the event.  

What should I bring?
Exhibitor:

  • (1) Water Bottle
  • Extra Granola Bars/Snacks
  • ID

Runner/Walker:

  • (1) Water Bottle
  • Extra Granola Bars/Snacks
  • ID

Rider:

  • ANSI-Approved Helmet (*Mandatory Requirement)
  • Bike Pouch or Secure Pockets
  • ID
  • (2) Water Bottles (1 Water, 1 Gatorade)
  • Extra Granola Bars/Snacks
  • (2) Spare Tubes and C02 Cartridge or Pump
  • Bike Multitool
  • *No lock is necessary, we have secure bike parking at the Start/Finish Line

What happens after we ride, walk, and run?
Our closing celebration party on Pier 84 will be going strong from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with great refreshments, recovery zone, entertainment, and fun for all.

Can my friends & family come to The 275 Challenge closing celebration?
Yes! The best place to join you is at the closing celebration party on Pier 84, beginning at 10 a.m. and until 1 p.m. Access to the party is open to the public to cheer you across the finish line, enjoy the entertainment, exhibitors, and more. Note that light refreshments and beverages will be available to all attendees, with boxed lunches available for all registered 275 Challenge participants who participate in the ride, walk, or run.

Please have your friends and family register individually as general admission attendees, so that we know how many folks to expect!

Where and when do I check in and receive a check-in packet?
We will send an email approximately 1-2 weeks from the event with more information about checking into the event and any additional event details and updates!

Can I bring my bag and check it at the event?
Yes! There will be a bag check at the Start & Finish Line, available only to registered participants. Please bring your ID in order to retrieve your bag.

What is the bike route?
For your safety, and due to unknown construction that can pop up prior to the event, we do not announce the routes in advance. For the most part, all portions of our route are not closed to the public, so we try to limit the amount of additional congestion possible along your riding experience. Know that the routes are extremely well marked during the event, and you’ll also be given access to our route on the ride with a GPS app, for those that want to follow along via their phones/devices.  

Are there stops along the bike route?
Yes! There will be a rest stop complete with food, water, Gatorade, bathrooms, and medical on both the ride route and walk/run route.

What if I can’t complete the mileage?
Have no fear! SAG (Support and Gear) vans are here! We have vehicles patrolling the route to pick up participants (and their bikes) when in need. You will also be equipped with a wristband with an 800 number that can dispatch a van to your location.

What is the walk/run route?
The route will leave Pier 84 at 44th and West Side Highway, head south along the waterfront sidewalk path to Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street, and return north to Pier 84. For those who would like to do closer to 1 mile, there will be a shortened turnaround option at 34th Street.

FAQs

When is The 275 Challenge closing celebration? 2021-07-27T10:23:27-04:00

The virtual component of The 275 Challenge begins on Sunday, August 29 and ends 27.5 days later on Saturday, September 25.

The 275 Challenge closing celebration will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021, and will start and end at Pier 84 in NYC. Morning start times vary between the ride (27.5 miles) and the walk/run (2.75 miles). The party on Pier 84 will be open from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

What is the registration fee and what does it include? 2021-07-27T10:24:02-04:00

Registration fees for all participation types are the following:

  • August 29-September 25: Virtual participation only, no registration fee
  • Live Event September 25:
    • Run/Walk: $20
    • Ride: $35
    • Exhibitor: Free admission
    • Volunteer: Free admission

As part of your registration, you’ll receive:

  • Access to run/walk/ride in the event, complete with scenic and beautiful fall routes
  • Access to all Rest Stops along the routes
  • Access to all Ride Services including Medical, Bike Techs, Bike Parking, Recovery Zones, etc.
  • Snacks on route and at closing; boxed lunch at closing celebration for ride/walk/run participants
  • Access to the closing celebration with great refreshments, recovery zone, and entertainment
  • Ability to earn 275 Challenge swag through fundraising
Do I need to raise money? 2021-07-27T10:14:03-04:00

Due to our mission to raise funds for The Center’s critical community support services, we need your help in fundraising more than ever before. 

Therefore, we ask all cycling, walking, and running participants of The 275 Challenge closing celebration to set a minimum fundraising goal of $275, which can be raised by setting up a 275 Challenge fundraising page at support.gaycenter.org.

To reward your hard work, there are amazing incentive prizes for crushing those goals!  

We’re here to help you every step of the way and provide you with great resources and tools to surpass your goals with ease.

What COVID-19 safety measures are being taken at this event? 2021-07-27T10:24:38-04:00

The 275 Challenge closing celebration and accompanying ride/walk/run will implement enhanced safety protocols in keeping with current guidance from the CDC, state, city, and other local agencies to keep our participants, volunteers, staff, and community as safe as possible.

Specific safety protocols (food handling, social distancing, etc) will be distributed closer to the event.

I had signed up already to participate virtually in The 275 Challenge, and now want to sign up to also participate in the live event. How does that work? 2021-07-27T10:17:44-04:00

You’ve already completed the most important step by creating your fundraising page on DonorDrive! Now you just need to sign up for The 275 Challenge closing celebration online here so we know how you plan to participate on September 25. Email us at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Does my registration fee go toward my fundraising goal? 2021-07-26T12:40:29-04:00

No, your non-refundable registration fee is not a tax-deductible donation, and therefore can’t apply toward your fundraising goal. These registration fees help offset the costs of producing the event and support along the ride/walk/run route.

How do I connect my fundraising for the live event to my personal page on DonorDrive? 2021-07-27T10:15:56-04:00

All cycling, walking, and running participants of The 275 Challenge closing celebration are required to create a fundraising page at support.gaycenter.org in addition to their registration for the event on September 25. We will link up everything for you on our end!

Can I set my goal higher than what is populated under my registration ($275 for 2.75-mile run/walk participants and $275 for 27.5-mile riders)? 2021-07-27T10:18:10-04:00

Absolutely! We encourage you to strive to fundraise as much as possible—and take home all of the awesome swag we provide for those that earn top fundraiser status!

If I have to withdraw from the event due to a conflict, can I have a refund or transfer to another participant? 2021-07-26T12:40:46-04:00

All registration fees and donations are non-refundable, and non-transferable to other individuals. We aim to work with participants on a case by case basis to transfer their registration fees toward future event registrations.

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.