RIDE INFO & FAQ
The Details:
  • Who: Cyclists and virtual athletes of all levels. If you want to make a difference in the affordable housing crisis, Cycle of Hope is your community.
  • What: A premium cycling benefit supporting Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. With in-person, supported courses at all skill levels – as well as a Virtual DIY option for athletes of all stripes – everyone can be a part of the solution to one of our community’s biggest challenges.
  • When & Where: 
    • In-Person:
      Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
      Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
      • 7:00 a.m. – Century Ride Start Time
      • 8:00 a.m. – Metric Century Start Time
      • 9:00 a.m. – 33 Mile Start Time
      • 10:00 a.m. – 9 Mile Start Time
      • 2:00 p.m. – Kids’ Ride Start Time
      • 7:00 p.m. – Event End (All support and Finish Line Activities will conclude by 7:00 p.m.)

    • Virtual DIY: Anytime, anywhere, and anyhow, between October 1st - 23rd, 2022.
What does my registration cover?

Your registration fee makes it possible to bring together a community of athletes, donors, volunteers, and sponsors to support for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s mission to build homes, communities, and hope. While your registration fee is not tax-deductible, donations and sponsorships for Cycle of Hope are. Plus, for the first 500 riders to register, Habitat will get an automatic $100 donation from Bob & Barbara Frick and Friends of Cycle of Hope. 

On top of supporting a great cause, your registration includes:

  • Great swag, including a finisher's medal and t-shirt
  • On-course support, including SAG support, aid stations stocked with water and snacks
  • A box lunch on-course along the Metric Century and Century routes.
  • Food & drinks during the Finish Line Festival 


IN-PERSON RIDE INFORMATION

 
The Routes:
When and where can I pick up my rider packet?

For in-person riders, you can get your packet in one of three ways:

  1. Riders can pick up their packets at Mike's Bikes of Palo Alto on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Day-of packet pick-up and registration will also be available.
  2. Arrive with plenty of extra time to spare on ride day, and pick up your rider packet before you line up at the start.
  3. You can add packet mailing to your registration before Wednesday, October 12th, to get your packet mailed right to your door before ride day. 
What if I need to change my ride distance after I've registered?

Sometimes, training doesn't go as planned...or goes much better than expected...and you may find yourself wanting to switch events.  Follow these steps to change events right in your RunSignUp account:

  • Login to your RunSignUp account (you must use the same email which you registered with)
  • Scroll down to “Upcoming Races” and select “Manage Registration” next to Cycle of Hope.
  • Click on “Transfer Event” (top right-hand corner under profile pic)
  • Click on “Start Transfer” and complete required information to switch your event.
Can I do Cycle of Hope on an E-Bike?

Yes, e-bikes are allowed. Please follow all road rules, including speed limits. 

I really want to ride on the big day, but I don't have a bicycle! What can I do?

Some cycling shops have bike rentals. Sports Basement and Campus Bike Shop, for instance, have a range of rental options available  Hopping on a rental from a local bike shop can be a great way to join us for the big day on October 23rd, even if you don’t have wheels of your own. Plus, many local rental and demo programs offer the option to put your fee toward the purchase of your ride if you love it enough for a long-term commitment!

Will photos be taken?

We’ll be taking on-course and finisher photos at the in-person ride on October 23rd, which we will share out post-ride. If you’re a Virtual DIY athlete, we’d love to see your photos! Post them to social media, and be sure to tag @HabitatCycleOfHope and use hashtag #TogetherWeRide. You can also upload your own photos when you submit your virtual results to Run Signup, and take a look at community photos!

What if the in-person event is canceled?

Should the in-person event be canceled for a reason out of the control of the organizers, participants will have three options:

  1. Transfer your registration to the Virtual DIY format for the current year
  2. Support Habitat for Humanity by converting your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation
  3. Defer to the following year's Cycle of Hope event with a transfer credit of the amount paid in 2022.


VIRTUAL RIDE INFORMATION

 
How do I participate virtually?

The Virtual DIY allows you to set your own distance goal, and meet it however you like – whether it’s on a bike, a stationary trainer, on foot, by kayak, you name it! You could work toward your goal distance across multiple sessions, or even through multiple methods! You’ve just got to meet that goal during the ride window of October 1st through 23rd, and submit your results through your Run Signup Profile. Our Virtual DIY athletes may be joining us from a distance, but you can still expect an athlete packet, t-shirt, medal, and chance to win prizes for fundraising and referring your friends!

Can I do Cycle of Hope on a stationary trainer?

You sure can! If you're participating on your at-home trainer, you should sign up for the Virtual DIY option. You'll get great swag, be eligible to earn even more great goodies by fundraising or referring more participants, be invited to the Virtual Finish Line Celebration, and – most of all – help Habitat build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

How do I set my goal and submit my results?

Once the ride period opens on October 1st, you'll be able to set your goal and submit your activities by going to the Results section of your Profile page! During the virtual ride window of October 1st - 23rd, you'll see the option here to "Submit Virtual Results. There, you can set your personal goal, and submit one or more activities and finish times that you complete to meet that goal!

How do I get my rider packet and any earned prizes?

For Virtual DIY athletes, the cost of mailing your packet is included in your registration! If you register before Wednesday, October 12th, you’ll have your packet in time to sport your gear at the Virtual Finish Line Celebration on the 23rd. Athletes who register after October 12th will receive their packets post-ride.


TEAMS & FUNDRAISING INFORMATION

 
How do I create or join a team?

Habitat is driven by community, and so are many of our athletes! When you’re part of a team, you might be united in spirit, going for a bigger fundraising goal together, riding as a group, or all of the above! However you join forces, your team can make for more fun on ride day and more support for Habitat. Learn how to create or join a team by watching this tutorial. 

I want to donate to support a participant! How can I find their fundraising page?

Your donation in support of your favorite athlete is an investment in housing justice and opportunity here in the Bay Area. By donating, you ride with the Cycle of Hope family. Find your athlete by going to the Donate Page and searching by name in the Search Fundraisers box.

How do I find my own fundraising page link?

Your fundraising page is the perfect way to make your miles go even further for the mission. To find your link, visit your Profile, scroll down to the Fundraising section, and there you'll find your registration for Cycle of Hope. Right under your name and registration summary, you can see a link to your fundraising page.

What if I need to change my t-shirt size after I've registered?

Also No problem! You can access your own t-shirt preferences and change it yourself! Here's a video and tutorial to walk you through that simple process. 

I'd like to purchase a jersey or change my jersey preferences after I've registered! How do I do that?

You can easily manage your own add-ons, like purchasing additional jerseys or changing your sizing! Take a look at this step-by-step video and tutorial to learn how!

 

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