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What To Expect 2020-02-28T14:01:15-05:00

Cycle for the Cause is September 11-13, 2020, with a travel and orientation day on September 10 when Riders and Crew travel together in chartered buses and vans from The Center in the West Village to the start hotel in Boston.

We offer complimentary bike transport to Framingham, MA through a reputable trucking company that has provided Cycle for the Cause with bike transport for the last five years. Bike drop-off is on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Hotel rooms are provided on 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 rollaway 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). Additionally, due to capacity, some participants may be at different hotels but will receive transportation to and from meals and for morning send-off.

The Ride is fully supported, which means you’re completely taken care of along the way. This includes meals, route planning, rest stops (which are a ton of fun), hotel accommodations, medical services, bike techs and much more. But the Cycle for the Cause experience extends way beyond the Ride. We train together, raise money together and plan fun chances to hang out together year-round. Our entire community is here to help you conquer your training, blow past your fundraising goal and—best of all—meet amazing new friends (who can help you shop for an outfit for Red Dress Day).

How You Can Participate

Rider

Cycle for the Cause is an epic three day ride. We stay together in hotels along the route, eat meals together and ride our bikes 275 miles from Boston to New York. As a Rider, you’ll be on your bike raising awareness and funds in the fight to end AIDS. 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 techs, medical services, sports massages and anything else we can think of that will make your experience amazing. And if you are unable to continue riding, we’ve got a sweep crew standing by to pick you up.

Rider (Ages 18-29): $95 Registration Fee $2,000 Fundraising Minimum
Rider (Ages 30+): $95 Registration Fee $2,750 Fundraising Minimum

Virtual Rider

Can’t join us in person? You can still be part of the movement wherever you are! As always, we’re here to support your efforts to generate more life-saving funds for The Center’s critical HIV and AIDS programs.

Pledge to ride X miles outside, or Y minutes on a spin bike…or nothing at all! Whatever works for you to raise those hard-earned donations in your own backyard.

As soon as you register, you’ll receive access to your own customizable fundraising page, as well as great fundraising tools and resources to help you exceed your goals. There is no fundraising minimum to be a Virtual Rider, but no limitations to what you can achieve either!

Virtual Rider: $95 Registration Fee, $0 Fundraising Minimum

Crew

Crew are the heart and soul of the Ride. For three days these amazing people dedicate their time and energy to make sure the Riders are safe, fed, hydrated and happy.

When you sign up to crew for Cycle for the Cause, our staff works with you to find the best fit for your comfort and ability. With 10+ roles to choose from, you’ll have a blast no matter what team you’re on. Want to learn more? Contact the Crew Coordinator for more details.

Crew: $95 Registration Fee, $500 Fundraising Minimum
Specialty Crew: $95 Registration Fee, $0 Fundraising Minimum

Rest Stops, Pit Stops & Lunch
Although these are often demanding roles, they are where much of the magic happens—these Crew support every single Rider on the Ride. Each team is responsible for the setup, food distribution, bike parking, traffic control and clean-up at each location. These teams are the first to leave in the morning and often the last to return to the hotel at night. Individuals in these roles should be able to lift 40+ pounds and stand for extended periods.

Sweep
This fleet of passenger vans circulates throughout the route providing pick-ups and emotional support to fatigued Riders (and their bikes) needing assistance getting to the next Rest Stop. This team leaves early in the morning and arrives late to the hotel after all Riders have completed the route. Each member should be adept as both a driver and navigator of a 15 passenger van (or similar SUV type vehicle equipped with a bike rack), have a valid driver’s license and should be able to lift 30 pounds.

Specialty Transport
This team provides transportation for the photographer/videographer team and our Bike Techs along the route each day. Along the way, people in this role will have the ability to help other teams (for example, at Rest Stops) prior to departing for the next assignment. Each team member should be a confident driver, have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a SUV (or similar vehicle) equipped with a bike rack. Should be able to lift 40+ pounds and stand for extended periods.

Hotel
This team works with hotel staff to set up areas for room check-in, gear, bike parking and the massage team. Specific tasks include managing the collection and distribution of all hotel room keys; offloading participant gear and organizing them for pick-up; distributing snacks, water and Gatorade; bike parking and cleaning up. They also assist individual participants in locating their personal gear. They are the last to leave the hotel each day. Should be able to lift 30+ pounds.

Medical
Comprised of a variety of medical professionals, including MDs, LPNs, RNs, EMTs and paramedics, this team provides first aid medical support at each of the Rest Stops and Lunch Stops along the route. Integrated into the Rest Stop teams, they manage any emergency situations that arise, until local EMS/paramedics arrive on the scene. Must provide license/certification and proof of medical liability insurance.

Sports Medicine
Comprised of ATCs, PTs, PTAs, DCs, LMTs and other Sports Medicine Professionals, this team provides essential recovery services to participants during the event. They will be available at lunch to tend to any aches and pains incurred during the morning’s miles. Then they will travel to the next hotel to prep for Riders’ arrival. Will work closely with the Medical Director to ensure the health and safety of participants. Must be experienced with assessment and treatment of acute injury and prepared to treat with modalities, soft tissue mobilization, stretching and taping to the involved areas. Must provide license/certification/experience and proof of liability insurance.

Bike Tech
Primarily stationed at lunch and rest stops, this mobile team provides basic bike repair assistance at any point along the route. Techs will also support Riders each morning before hitting the route and each evening at the hotel. This team is in constant communication with staff, Sweep and each other to make sure our riders are moving safely through the route.

Motorcycle Safety
This team works with staff, Command and local law enforcement to guarantee safe passage for Riders along each day’s route, assisting at difficult intersections and other locations as requested. Team members must provide their own motorcycle and helmet, and must possess a valid motorcycle license and insurance. Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Fundraising & Training Support

Fundraising

We get it: fundraising sounds intimidating. Most of us had never raised money before joining Cycle for the Cause, and the thought of a “fundraising minimum” sent a shiver down our spines. But—and you probably already know how this story ends—with the support of the Cycle for the Cause community, our Team Captains and the Cycle for the Cause fundraising staff, every year our Riders and Crew exceed their fundraising minimums (and expectations!). So far, we’ve raised more than $16 million together.

Upon registration, you can access all of our fundraising resources to help guide you through your journey. These resources include our fundraising 101 guide, social media toolkit and several other helpful tools. Our mission is to support you throughout your fundraising and make it as easy as possible for you to achieve your goal. Fundraisers who go above and beyond even have the chance to earn great Cycle for the Cause swag. We know you can do it!

Just like riding a bike, fundraising is a skill that can be learned (really, we promise!). For personalized help with your fundraising plan, contact our Fundraising Coordinator or your Team Captain.

Fundraising Minimums
Rider (ages 18-29): $2000
Rider (ages 30+): $2750
Crew (ages 18+): $500

Training

Getting ready for the Ride takes passion and commitment. We’ve got the resources to help, whether you’re a beginner to cycling or you’ve been around the block! At the end of the day, Cycle for the Cause is a ride, not a race. Pedaling is part of the experience, but what you should be most proud of is that you showed up to #EndAIDS.

Upon registration, you can access all of our training materials including our C4C beginners guide, 12 week training plan and several other helpful resources. Our goal is to ensure you are fully prepared to complete your 275 mile journey from Boston to New York with ease. We know you can do it!

For questions and assistance regarding personalized training, contact our Fundraising Coordinator.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cycle for the Cause? 2018-01-17T17:04:25-05:00

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”).

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.

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? 2019-06-27T15:22:48-04:00
  • 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.
When is Cycle for the Cause? 2019-11-21T10:38:06-05:00

Cycle for the Cause is September 10-13, 2020. The first day, September 10, 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 11-13.

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? 2020-02-28T14:04:45-05:00

All Cycle for the Cause participants must be at least 18 year old as of September 10, 2020.

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? 2020-02-28T14:05:34-05:00

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? 2018-01-16T17:15:49-05:00

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.

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? 2018-01-16T17:17:11-05:00

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.

Where do I sleep each night? 2020-02-28T14:06:06-05:00

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).

Will I have a roommate? 2018-01-17T17:04:24-05:00

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.

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? 2018-01-17T17:04:28-05:00

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? 2020-02-28T14:06:53-05:00

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 10, 2020, while Riders will arrive around 3:30 p.m. that day.

What do I do if I arrive late for the ride? 2020-02-28T14:08:13-05:00

The Cycle for the Cause event starts on September 11, 2020.  Departure for Cycle for the Cause is on September 10, 2020. 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 10, 2020. 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.