Q. How do I register for the Ride for the Cure?
Online registration is quick and easy! Click here to register online.
Only Riders who have registered by May 1st and have completed their fundraising commitment by Ride day will receive their jersey on Ride day. Riders registered after this date are NOT guaranteed a jersey by Ride day, jerseys will be mailed to participants who register after May 1, 2013.
Fundraising commitment of $500 must be met in order to complete registration. Credit cards will be accepted at Registration Pick-up and Ride Day.
Note: Registrations are non-transferable. Each rider must pick up his/her own registration packet. Please bring a photoID to registration.
Q. Where is packet pick-up?
Riders may pick up their packets (bib, route map, jersey and swag bag) location and time TBD. Light refreshments will be served at packet pick-up. This is a great opportunity to meet other Riders!
Riders who are not able to pick up their packets on Friday may do so Ride morning. If you plan to pick up your packet Ride morning please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your Ride departure time.
Q. When can I see the 2013 custom designed Ride for the Cure jersey?
As soon as the design is available we will post a photo here!
Q. Where is the Ride start location?
The Ride will begin and end at Wines Elementary/Forsythe Middle School located at 1655 Newport Road, Ann Arbor.
Q. What time does the Ride start?
The 100 Mile Ride will begin at 7a.m. - The 60 Mile Ride will begin at 9a.m. - The 30 Mile Ride will begin at Noon.
Q. Can I change my Ride distance?
Yes, Riders may choose to change their Ride distance but must notify the registration tent and MUST leave at the appropriate start time. Example: I signed up for the 30 mile, but after training have decided I can Ride 60 miles - this is wonderful! This Rider will now be leaving at 9a.m.
Q. I would like to form a team - how does this differ from individual registration?
This year, we have added the option to register as a team! When registering, you can create a team that your family and friends can join. You will each have your own separate fundraising page and also a team page. A few important notes about creating a team:
- Be creative! You get to create your own team name, identity and team fundraising page. Oftentimes teammates get together to host fundraising events such as golf outings, euchre tournaments, bowling events, etc.
- Teams can be any size from 1 to 100 or more!
- Each individual Rider must still raise a minimum of $500.
- Team Donations can be divided among team members – HOWEVER, donation forms indicating how donations are to be allocated must accompany any team donations. Click here to download a donation form.
- Donations made online or via check to a specific Rider can NOT be moved once they have been entered into our system. (For example, if John Smith has $1000 in donations and his teammate Suzy has $0 Suzy will still be required to raise $500 to participate).
- Immediate family members who wish to utilize one fundraising page for two riders need to contact Pamela (Pamela@komenmidmichigan.org) in advance. We do recommend that each participant create their own fundraising page but do realize that in some situations (i.e.: husband & wife) you may have the same contacts and may only want to contact them from one account.
- Teammates do NOT have to Ride the same routes – each individual Rider can choose the Ride they would like to participate in!
Q. How can I get started with fundraising?
Download our helpful guide to using your online fundraising tools.
Q. Can I mail in a donation rather than give online?
Yes, if you prefer to give by check, please , fill it out, and mail it with your check to Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 4368, East Lansing, MI 48826.download a donation form
Q. I am from out of town, where would you suggest I stay?
The Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel located at 3200 Boardwalk Street, Ann Arbor has returned as our hotel sponsor! You can book rooms at a discounted rate of $105 per night by clicking here. To receive the discounted rate you must book your room before July 4th, 2012.
Q. What if I haven't raised $500 by Ride Day?
If you haven't accrued at least $500 in donations by Ride Day, you have two options in order to participate in the event: instant self-donation or delayed self-donation. The instant self-donation is an online donation that you make to your own fundraising account, which posts immediately. For a delayed self-donation, you give us a credit card number to secure coverage of the donation balance, but you until September 7, 2012 to fulfill your fundraising committment. This means that you can continue to accept donations until September 7th. If by that date you have still not reached your committment of $500, any outstanding balance will automatically be charged to your credit card. If you have reached $500 in donations, your card will NOT be charged. Please note that any mailed donations must be received ON OR BEFORE September 7th, 2012 to be credited to your account. Please allow proper time for mailing and processing.
Q. What services will be provided on Ride day?
SAG VEHICLES - If you are unable to ride, sag vehicles will be available to transport you and your bicycle. Please do not misuse this important support service as they are there to help riders in need. Sag vehicles will make their final sweep at 4:30 p.m.
AID STATIONS - Rest stops will be located on the tour route approximately every 10 to 15 miles. Fruit, water, light snacks, first aid supplies, toilets, and hand sanitizers are provided at aid stations at no charge.
BIKE TECHNICIANS - Wrench-hands will be available to assist you if you have mechanical difficulties on the route. Each rider must carry and know how to use equipment to patch and change tires.
MEDICAL SUPPORT - Ride For The Cure has gone to great lengths to assure your safety on this tour. Huron Valley Ambulance http://www.hva.org/ will provide three ambulances for emergency medical support on the route. Radio-equipped staff members will patrol the route.
PRE/POST RIDE STRETCHING - Sports medicine professionals from Accelerated Rehabilitation Center will provide pre and post event stretching at the Ride start/finish area.
SHOWERS - Showers will be available to Riders in the Forsythe school locker rooms at the start/finish.
Q. What equipment will I need for the Ride?
HELMETS ARE MANDATORY. Be sure your bicycle and equipment measure up to the challenges of riding the route you have chosen. If you’re uncertain if your bike will make the grade, have it checked out by a qualified shop. We highly recommend a “tune-up” for your bicycle prior to Ride For The Cure.
Cycling shorts, gloves and shoes are strongly recommended for training and the Ride.
·sunscreen & lip balm
·approved helmet - REQUIRED
·tire levers and patch kit
·small tool kit
·spare tire & tubes
·clothing and shoes for after ride
Ride Safe • Ride Smart:
Q. What are the safety rules and precautions?
Ride For The Cure is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic. Roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the ride as safe as possible, always remember that safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules
·Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS.
·Carry ID and relevant medical information.
·Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle.
·Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, do not impede traffic.
·Ride as far right as reasonable.
·Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
·Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”.
·Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right, and left turns.
·Prepare properly – nutrition, hydration, training, and sudden changes in weather conditions.
·Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and the environment.
·No headphones while riding.
·Accidents often occur in pacelines. If you are inexperienced with drafting, do not draft. Maximum paceline length is 5 cyclists.
·Ride For The Cure support & safety services are provided on the designated marked route ONLY.
Riding safely and considerately is vital to your enjoyment and the safety of other riders. The future of cycling events in Michigan depends on your cooperation with the rules above.
Ride For The Cure reserves the right to terminate the registration of any participant disobeying rules. Fees will not be refunded, and those involved will be ineligible for future Ride For The Cure events.
For additional safety tips and rules of the road visit http://www.lmb.org/. League of Michigan Bicyclists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting bicycling, increasing safety, improving road conditions, and providing a voice for Michigan cyclists.
Food will be available from numerous sources on the route. Aid Stations are supplied with fruit, light snacks, water and Gatorade Endurance at no charge.
Always carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water. To avoid dehydration and “bonking”, drink before you’re thirsty and eat before you’re hungry.
Q. What happens in the case of inclement weather?
Ride For The Cure has been scheduled during a time when we hope weather conditions will be favorable, but in the event of inclement weather, the tour will continue to roll. Come prepared for all types of weather, including rain, and hail. Bring inclement weather gear, including full-finger gloves and shoe covers.