You must be at least 16 on the day of the ride. If you are 16 or 17, you must have a parent or guardian present at the ride.
Is there an upper age limit?
No. If you can ride a bicycle (or adult tricycle) you can participate as a rider. We have had several riders in their 70s and even one or two in their 80s!
How much money do I have to raise?
We ask that you raise at least $500.00.
I’m not good at fundraising. Can you help me?
Yes. Start by watching the fundraising video for ideas and inspiration. After you sign up, you will be sent a link for your personal fundraising page. Put your personal message on that page and send the link to all your potential sponsors. We have brochures available for you to use; we will email you flyers to refer people to our YouTube videos; and we are available to come speak at your church or club. Also, our donor services staff will contact you to offer help.
Can I sponsor myself?
Certainly. All donations are tax deductible, even if you sponsor yourself.
How and when do I turn in my sponsorship forms?
You can mail forms to us as you collect them at any time before the ride. The more forms we receive before the ride, the better. Any forms you collect too late to mail you can bring to the ride with you. Having sponsors use the online sponsorship form is ideal. What percent of the donations actually goes to CEM?
We do not use an outside fundraising organization, so 100% goes to CEM. We spend about 10-12% on the cost of the event (permits, food, gear, gas, etc.).
Can my friends and I ride as a relay?
No. Each participant must raise at least $500. You may ride as little or as much as you want or can.
How far is it between SAG stations?
Loyalton to Vinton is 12 miles. Vinton to Beckwourth is 13 miles. Beckwourth to Loyalton is 13 miles.
What does SAG stand for?
Support and Gear.
What food and drink is provided?
All SAG stations will have water, Gatorade, Coke, chicken noodle soup, a variety of fresh fruit, sandwiches made to order (turkey, ham, cheese, PB & J), chips, and cookies. In addition there may be pancakes, eggs, waffles, biscuits and gravy, and other varied items. Food will be provided at the pre-ride meal, throughout the ride, and at the post-ride meal.
Is there any provision for people with food allergies/sensitivities?
There will be some gluten-free food available. Let us know what specific issues you have and we will try to be accommodating. Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur; therefore it may be a good idea to have some of your own food.
Biking is not my thing. Can I run instead? No. This is a biking event. You can help as a "sagger" (volunteer) and/or participate in our 5K Rescue Run in April.
Do I have to ride all night?
No. We provide mattresses and blankets/sleeping bags at each SAG station. You may sleep as long as you like.
Can I sleep at any SAG station?
Yes. We provide sleeping arrangements at all three SAG stations. At Loyalton the beds are in classrooms in the school, at Vinton they are in the large meeting room of the Grange Hall, and at Beckwourth they are in tents.
Can my family and friends come and watch?
No. Unfortunately, this is not really a spectator-friendly environment. For the safety of your children and the bike riders, we ask that you not bring anyone under the age of 18 (except 16 and 17 year olds who are riding) to the event. Any adults who wish to see you ride should sign up and participate as saggers. Folks will be able to track your progress from SAG station to SAG station online.
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