Check below for answers to questions you may have.
If your question is not addressed here, please contact us.
Who am I supporting by participating in the Annual Cycling Circuit?
Funds raised will go to support Action for Healthy Kids, a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, families and communities to take actions that improve school-based foods, nutrition education, physical education and physical activity for all students. With resources, funding opportunities, and expert technical assistance, Action for Healthy Kids provides full support to schools, administrators and parents to create healthy school environments where children thrive.
Is this a race?
Not at all! This is a leisurely ride and end times will not be recorded. You will have seven hours to complete the course. If you do not complete the course in that time, you will be picked up and transported to the Finale Festival by our support vehicles.
Is there a fundraising commitment?
Yes, the fundraising minimums are $500, $900, & $1200 for both routes. You will have until 11:59pm on September 15th, 2016 to reach your fundraising minimum in order to ride.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donations made payable to and received by LifeCycle Biking will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes.
Do you accept matching gifts?
Who turns down free money?!! Matching gifts are a super, painlessly easy way to increase your fundraising. Simply ask your HR department to submit the paperwork to LifeCycle Biking. Be sure to note the matching gift is for Action for Healthy Kids.
Do I receive my own personal fundraising page?
Every registered participant receives a personal fundraising page, which links to a personal account within the system. This allows you to manage your personal web page and your fundraising activity. You can share your personal webpage with friends and family, by simply including a link via email, text or a Facebook post. Your page is how you can communicate your enthusiasm with others and makes it really easy for people to donate to your ride. This is also the easiest place for you to go to send emails asking for donations, review your donation progress, send thank you emails, add a photo to your fundraising page, etc.
I want my child to participate, can they ride with me?
The Annual Cycling Circuit is open to all ages and abilities. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a signed guardian waiver prior to participating. We ask that anyone under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult during the ride and festivals at all times. All participants should have experience riding comfortably with traffic.
Can I ride in a team?
Um, absolutely- the more the merrier! The Cycling Circuit is all about community – it’s a great opportunity for team building and a fun way to develop team spirit among colleagues. Two or more participants make up a team. All participants will be pre-populated into groups based on their fundraising minimums. If you are interested in forming an additional team (of friends, co-workers, family, etc), contact us prior to registration so that we can create a team page for you. You will not be able to create one on your own.
What type of bike do I need?
You can ride the Circuit on any type of bike that you feel comfortable riding for at least 3 hours. All bikes are welcome- road, mountain, fixed gear, cyclocross, tandem, BMX, Brompton, etc. Participants should be aware of their cycling vehicles and abilities prior to participating. We ask that participants only use human powered bikes, no motor-powered bicycles please.
Is there anywhere I can store my belongings?
Small articles (bags, shirts, warm up gear) may be left at the starting line. Volunteers will bag and label your belongings with your rider number for you to collect at the Finale Festival. Any belongings left are the responsibility on the assigned rider, LCB assumes no responsibility for lost or missing items.
How prepared do I need to be?
Participants must feel comfortable riding with traffic and be able to maintain a pace of 10 mph.
Are there different start times?
Yes - riders participating in the 100k will start at 8:15am and riders participating in the 50k will start at 8:45am.
What are the routes for the Annual Cycling Circuit?
The routes can be found here. They travel throughout Brooklyn and Queens, and then back to the starting line in Brooklyn.
If I chose one route at registration, can I change the route choice at a later date?
Yes, you can change your route option but you must do so before August 19th, 2016.
What happens if I start the ride, but am unable to finish due to unforeseen circumstances?
Not a problem. Place a call to our headquarters and a member of our support crew will be dispatched to transport you and your bike to the Finale Festival.
If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donations?
Any funds donated by you or others to satisfy your fundraising commitment are not refundable and non-transferable. All donations will be added to the benefit amount for Action for Healthy Kids to help keep kids healthy even if you cancel before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 19th, 2016.
Can I make a general donation to the Annual Cycling Circuit?
Yes. Using our donation button you are able to make a general donation to the Annual Cycling Circuit. All donations support Action for Healthy Kids.
Is bike repair offered along the route?
Bike mechanics will be stationed at the hydration stations along the routes. If you need mechanical repair during the ride, flag down a bike marshal or call headquarters and support crew will be dispatched to take you the nearest rest stop. Mechanical repair is limited to minor issues. If your issue needs more attention, you will be referred to the nearest bicycle shop.
What is a hydration station?
Hydration stations are rest stops along the routes where you can rest, grab a snack, use the restroom, and most importantly- re-hydrate! They are located every 8-12 miles along the route and are only open to ride participants.
Are helmets required?
Yes. We absolutely understand that people have different financial circumstances, differently shaped heads, different physical and mental health conditions that may impact their ability to wear something on their head, etc. However, while we respect people's ability to make their own decisions based on their individual circumstance, we are required to have all riders wear helmets during the event. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
What if it rains?
The Annual Cycling Circuit is a rain or shine event. In the event of extreme weather (i.e. natural disaster) the event will be cancelled and rescheduled.
How will I know I am registered?
You will receive a registration confirmation immediately after signing up online. Shortly there after, LCB will send out your rider number, fundraising tips, and additional info. Upon arrival to the event, you will meet volunteers at the registration table to check in and complete additional paperwork.
Do I have to pick up a packet ahead of time?
No, a registration packet will be emailed to you shortly after registration. Upon arrival to the event, you will be provided with a wrist band, rider number sticker for your helmet, turn-by-turn route cue sheet, and a waiver for you to sign.
What else should I bring with me?
Besides a positive attitude and the desire to have fun?!! We recommend the following items:
- Photo identification
- Cell phone
- Water bottles (two if possible)
- Weather-appropriate clothing (Please check the forecast in advance)
- Patch kit and and an extra tube
- Money for merchandise purchase at the Finale Festival
What is the Finale Festival?
The Finale Festival is our way of saying thank you. Your support and desire to Be Well is much appreciated. We are providing you with healthy snacks, music to rock to and a complimentary yoga class to stretch those pedaling muscles!
Can my family and friends come to the Finale Festival?
Family and friends are welcome to come and cheer you on at the finish line, jam to the music and partake in Yoga. However, healthy treats are limited to riders first to ensure that all participants are fed and hydrated. Thanks in advance for your understanding.