Climate Ride Frequently Asked Questions

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TEAM LACBC 2017 - FAQ

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What is Climate Ride California?

A 5-day, 300-mile charity cycling adventure that explores the stunning Central Californian Coast from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo with stops such as Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Big Sur along the way. The event takes place June 9-13, 2017.

Learn more.

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Does Climate Ride Offer Other Experiences?

Yes! Climate Ride’s calendar includes rides in other parts of the country and around the world. They even offer exotic experiences like a multi-day hike in Glacier National Park or a bike ride through Southeast Asia. While Climate Ride California is our main destination, you may also represent LACBC as a team member at any other Climate Ride event. See below for instructions on how to join the team, and let us know at climateride@la-bike.org.

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Where Can I Learn More About the Central California Coast Route?

Right here. Click on the "Day-by-Day Info" tab.

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Do they Feed Me?

Yes, and then some. Between all the official pit stops and three square meals, you'll not go wanting.

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Is Climate Ride a "Dry" Event?

No, it’s not. Though, of course, drinking on the route is never advised! However, you are free to purchase alcoholic beverages on the road and toss it in the support van to be brought back to camp. Past rides have even included an official stop at a sustainable vineyard and tasting room.

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Who does Climate Ride Benefit?

Climate Ride benefits numerous agencies doing inspired work to combat Climate Change and tackle the tough environmental issues of the day.

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How does it Benefit LACBC and/or my Local Chapter?

LACBC is an officially recognized beneficiary of Climate Ride California. When you join Team LACBC, most of the money you raise comes back to LACBC to help transform our neighborhoods. If you are riding for a local chapter, your chapter will receive 50% of the money received by LACBC due to your participation. Note, to insure this happens, you must designate LACBC as your sole beneficiary when registering for the ride.

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What is Team LACBC's Diversity Program?

We're asking the community to help us make our team more diverse and better representative of the neighborhoods LACBC serves. Please note that riders chosen for this program may not fundraise for a local chapter. Stay tuned for more info.

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How do I Join Team LACBC?

1) Register here for Climate Ride California 2017*.

2) Click the orange “Join Our Team” button.

3) Select "Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition" as your SOLE beneficiary organization during “Step 2: Registration Details.”

Tip! Enter "LACBC" during Climate Ride Registration to receive substantial savings on the sign-up fee.  
Team LACBC will be notified of your registration as soon as it's complete. Once that happens, we'll be in touch with more info.
* Please contact Climate Ride Coordinator Marc Horwitz at climateride@la-bike.org if you’d like to participate in any other Climate Ride event as a member of Team LACBC.

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How Much Money Do I Have to Raise?

Climate Ride asks each rider to raise at least $2800 in order to qualify for the event. It's not as hard as you might think. With the advice and tools Climate Ride gives you (including your own online fundraising page) and guidance of our Team Captains, it's highly likely you will meet and probably exceed the minimum requirement! Once you commit and tell people what you're doing, you'll be amazed at how inspired your friends and community will be to support you.

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Are there Perks for Me?

Perks galore, actually! And you get them from two different sources -- Team LACBC and Climate Ride. For starters, every team member is supplied with both an official Climate Ride California 2017 Jersey and a spiffy Team LACBC jersey (the latter, sporting your name!). But there's much more, all attainable given your fundraising levels. For Team Perks, info is coming soon. For Climate Ride perks, check here.

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Are there Perks for My Donors?

Again, the answer is absolutely! Starting with a Free Membership to LACBC and all the way up to being a "Presenting Sponsor." Note, for $200 or more your donors can have their names on the back of our team jersey! A full list of Donor Perks is coming soon.

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Do I Have to Train?

The short answer is "probably." It all depends on your current fitness level. But training can be one of the most rewarding parts of the experience. Going on team training rides is a great way to get in shape, learn riding tips, and bond with fellow team members. Your friends and supporters are welcome to ride with the team too! Get the scoop on weekly rides at the Team LACBC Facebook Page. There will also be training ride announcements each week in the LACBC newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter on the LACBC website.

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How Hard is Climate Ride California?

The Central California coast route is plenty challenging for most of us cycling mortals. Which is good news, right? Conquering this route will definitely be a notch on your cycling belt ... and for some of us, even a new pinnacle of cycling achievement. But here's more good news: Climate Ride is a ride, not a race. The route is open all day and you're free to take it at your own speed. Chill out and smell the roses or crush it with the hammer heads up front. Totally your call. And if you want to stop pedaling, that's okay too. SAG support will pick you up at any point and escort you back to camp. No questions. No judgment. In the end, you get to do Climate Ride your way.

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How Many Miles Per Day?

Mileage varies from 37 on Day #5 to 79 on Day #3. There are shorter options available for eachdDay plus SAG support. Do every inch of road or as much as you like!

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What Do I Need to Bring With Me?

Once you sign up, Climate Ride provides you with a comprehensive list of items. But the main ingredients are your bike/gear, clothing for riding and camping, and a tent plus sleeping bag. If you don't have a tent, we can help you find one at a reasonable cost. Or potentially pair you up with somebody who has room to spare.

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How Do I Get to the Ride?

You'll need to find your way to San Francisco first thing in the morning on June 9 and then back home from San Luis Obispo when the ride concludes on June 13. To make things easier for our riders, this year Team LACBC may be offering a shuttle service to and from the ride. In addition, we’re exploring group options for lodging in San Francisco the night of June 8.  We’ll fill you in once you join the team.

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What are the Fees?

1) Registration for Climate Ride California is $100, or $75 with the team discount code (per above) if you register by January 15, 2017.

2) After January 15, 2017, the fee is $150, or $100 with the team discount code.

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Any Other Expenses?

Other factors include transportation from the ride plus your particular equipment needs. Note, with all the food provided and camping fees covered, theoretically you don't have to fork out one dime during the ride itself! That being said, you can never go wrong with a little spending money.

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Should I Do It?

Do you relish a challenge? Do you like having peak life experiences? Do you enjoy pedaling through landscapes of unspeakable beauty? Are you willing to inspire and be inspired by others? Perhaps make a new friend or three? Help make our neighborhoods safer and more bicycle friendly? Not that we're inclined to answer a question with a question or anything.

Speaking of questions, we're happy to answer any and all you might have.  Scroll down for all the ways you can reach us.

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How Do I Connect with Team LACBC?

 

Team LACBC Climate Ride Coordinator: Marc Horwitz

climateride@la-bike.org • 310-497-6175

 

Team LACBC Fundraising Captain: Nora Hipolito

norafabs@gmail.com

 

Team LACBC Training Captain: Wayne “Ridetime” Howard

ridetimecycling@yahoo.com

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How Do I Find the Team on Social Media?

Follow us on Facebook! Check our page to get all the team-related news and Training Ride updates.

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How do I Find the Team on the Web?

We have a page on LACBC’s site. Check it out — la-bike.org/climateride

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