Frequently Asked Questions
Ride and Training

What if I don't have a bike?

We do recommend you explore options for getting your own bike so that you become familiar with specifics of your bike during training, such as the gears, seat placement, etc allowing for the most comfortable ride. However, there are options for borrowing or renting a bike for training and the day-of, such as our partners at Spinlister. Bike to the Beach also works with many local bike stores offering discounts and guidance in buying your bike. Other useful resources are -www.bikesdirect.com and www.nashbar.com.

What kind of bike do I need?

Riders have done the Charity Ride event on all types of bikes in the past; however, we strongly recommend that individuals use a road bike. While finishing B2B is possible on other styles of bikes, road bikes will make for the easiest ride. Bike to the Beach is open to tandems, recumbents, etc.

 

Bike to the Beach works in partnership with many local bike stores offering discounts to B2B riders and guidance in finding the right bike for you. Additionally, utilize the B2B Community coming soon for advice and bike preferences of our past riders.

What time do we leave?

Early morning, approximately 5 AM. This enables the riders enough time to bike out of the city without traffic complications and avoid midday heat/sun.

What time will I finish?

The time that it takes is dependent on rider speed and the route of the specific city. On average our Century Riders begin at 5am and cross the finish line between noon and 4pm. The Metric Century Riders will begin a few hours later but cross the finish line starting at around the same time. You will not be biking this entire time. There are multiple rest stops (approximately every 15 miles) and the DC/MD Century Ride includes time off ride includes a bus transfers across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Do you stop?

Stopping along the ride is optional. There are fully equipped rest stops (food, hydration, supplies, bathrooms) set up approximately 15 miles apart.

Will there be restrooms?

Yes, there will be multiple restrooms stationed throughout the ride and located at many of the rest stops. The longest distance between restrooms will be about 20 miles.

Are there training rides?

Yes, each B2B local community will host multiple group training rides that can be found on our events page. However, we do encourage our riders to supplement with their own training. We offer multiple resources such as a sample training plans to help in planning for your training.

What if I get a flat tire/ or my bike breaks?

We would like all riders to know how to change tires. If you have trouble changing your own tire, other riders may be able to help. Bike mechanics and chase car vehicles will be on the route, but major mechanical malfunctions will take precedence over flat tires. Riders on average may have 1 flat tire. Trust us, it’s easy to learn! See our instructional video on how to change tires.

Is food provided?

Yes, energy snacks are provided by Bike to the Beach thanks to our sponsors/partners at every rest stop. Our local partners and sponsors often provide extra “goodies” and more substantial food at the rest stops and starting and finish lines. The exact food provided will be messaged to you the week before the ride. You will not go hungry!

How much do I need to train?

Riders are encouraged to train as much as possible before the ride. The Century Ride is an endurance ride and training will prepare you for an enjoyable ride. The shorter ride distances such as the Metric Century are built so that participants at varying physical fitness levels can complete the ride. You should be able to maintain about a 15 mph pace for a significant amount of the mileage.

What happens if I can't finish?

Although few riders have not completed the ride, we have support vehicles driving along with the riders to provide rides and assistance if needed.

What do I need?

You need to bring and wear a helmet, your bike (or rental), comfortable bike clothes and a smile! We do require that you come with essential safety equipment or you will not be able to participate in the ride. These supplies include:

  • Water bottle
  • Rear red blinking light
  • Front white headlight
  • Helmet
  • At least one spare tube
  • Other strongly recommended items include:
  • Bike pump
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash/credit card
  • Saddle bag
  • Handlebar bag
  • Extra nutrition/energy snacks

What is provided during the ride?

Aside from your custom B2B Jersey and t-shirt, we will provide food and hydration along the route, as well as a mechanic to support major bike malfunctions. Our sponsors and partners also will donate performance products. B2B will transport your luggage/suitcase to the finish line: approximately one backpack or duffle for each of our riders. For the DC/MD Rides ONLY – We provide transportation over the bay bridge for both your person and your bike.

Do you hold bags? Transport bags to the finish line?

Yes, each rider is allowed one bag (suitcase, duffle bag etc). There is a designated Bag Drop area at the starting line. Please be sure your bag is properly labeled with the bag tag provided in your ride-day packet. The bags will be transported to the finish line and available for riders to pick-up at the finish line. You will not have access to your bag during the ride.

Registration

What does it cost to register?

Registration fees vary based on the minimum fundraising commitment you choose.

What does my registration cost cover?

Registration cost covers day of entry into the fully-supported bike ride including; food, hydration, bike mechanics, first aid etc, as well as your ride-day jersey. Depending on the registration level you choose, you may receive additional Bike to the Beach swag that can be redeemed from our online store.

Does the registration fee count towards the fundraising total?

The registration fee does NOT count towards your fundraising total.  The registration fee covers your amazing ride-day experience.  Each registered rider is required to pay the registration fee and raise funds to support the autism community.

What is the fewest number of riders that are allowed on a ride team?

You must have a minimum of two riders to create a team. There is no maximum number of riders per team.

Why create a team and the benefits?

There are many benefits to creating a team, camaraderie, competition, sharing the experience with a friend. But beyond these social benefits, B2B has different fundraising rules for teams. If you join a team, your fundraising minimum becomes cumulative with your other team members. A team must have an average of $500 raised per rider. If you create and team and are a Team Leader, you are awarded 250 points towards our incentive point system.

Day of Logistics

Can we leave our cars at the starting point for the day or weekend?

Yes, the starting line for all 3 ride distances are conveniently located in each city with nearby parking locations. However, each city will have different details, locations, and costs for parking. Click below to see your specific city details.

Where do you start?

The starting line for each city’s ride and each ride’s specific distance may change from year to year. Please be sure you reference the appropriate City Ride Details.

Do you bike home?

Are you kidding?

How do you get back from the beach? How does my bike get home?

B2B encourages our riders to invite their friends and families to meet them at the finish line to enjoy the weekend at the beach and the post-ride activities planned throughout the weekend. However, B2B has a transportation partner for you and your bike back to the city the evening of the ride. Public transportation options are available if you are staying the weekend. Check out the current list of routes available here.

What do you do when you get to the beach?

All rides end at our finish line, a gathering for family and friends with music, fun and food. Riders can stay at the beach for as long as they want. There will be several informal/unsponsored gatherings for riders, friends, and family, ranging from a happy hour to a dinner (i.e. – a crab feast in Dewey, a happy hour in Newport, RI). However, B2B will officially be over at the end of the finish line party. Everyone is encouraged to each other at the finish, revel in his or her accomplishment, and have fun at the beach all weekend! B2B will transport your luggage/suitcase to the finish line (approximately one backpack or duffle for each of our riders), so pack a bag and stay awhile.

Where can I stay when I get down to the beach? Are there discounts arranged with hotels/motels at the beach?

Bike to the Beach works with many hotels in our beach locations and often offers discounted room blocks. However, our charity rides are over popular weekends and the room blocks may sell out. Please make your accommodation arrangements early. Most hotels do require a two night minimum.

Is there transportation back to DC on Saturday or Sunday?

Bike to the Beach has partnered with Skedaddle, who will be providing rides home on different days after the ride. Check out the current listing of rides here.

Fundraising

What is the incentive point system?

Bike to the Beach has built an incentive system based on points earned for dollar amounts raised, your fundraising activities (sending emails) and/or engagement with the B2B community. The points earned are redeemable at our online store. Click here to view the point system details.

Do I have to raise money?

Yes, all riders must pledge to raise at minimum $500. Fundraising is an important part of a 501(c)3 organization. The monies raised not only further Bike to the Beach’s mission, but specifically fund local programs for the autism community and our national partner Autism Speaks. However, if you do not wish to fundraise $500 you can choose the Red Jersey Registration which costs $500 and leaves you with no additional fundraising required.

Will I receive fundraising support?

Yes, once registered you will have access into the Bike to the Beach fundraising portal where you can customize a fundraising page, send fundraising emails and manage your donations. Additional tips, templates and resources are provided by Bike to the Beach. Access your Fundraising Portal

Will B2B help me host a fundraising event?

Yes, Bike to the Beach will provide participants collateral and swag materials for your fundraising events. Additionally we have negotiated multiple partnerships with local venues where you can hold your fundraising events, and stores for additional discounts and donated items. Contact Bike to the Beach to put in your request for fundraising event support.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, the fundraising minimum is different and based on the registration level you choose. At the very least each rider must pledge to raise $500. While fundraising may seem daunting, most riders raise $1,000 on average.

What if I do not meet my minimum fundraising amount?

A minimum of $500 must be raised by the day of the ride in order to participate in the charity ride. You have until the end of the calendar year to reach your fundraising minimum if it is over the Standard Registration type of $500. If you have registered for any Registration Level other than Standard you have received a discounted registration Fee. If you do not meet your specified fundraising minimum by the end of the calendar year you will be liable for the registration cost difference from the discount you received.

 

If you did not reach $500 by the day of the ride you may:

  • Not ride
  • Confirm your fundraising plan with B2B staff [Contact us]
  • We understand that there are extenuating circumstances. Please contact us if you feel there will be problem meeting your fundraising minimums.

Where do I mail donation checks?

Donation checks should be made out to “Bike to the Beach” and mailed to:
Bike to the Beach
1990 K St, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Wouldn’t more people ride if the minimum were lower?

The goal of Bike to the Beach is to raise as much money as possible to support autism and to promote the health benefits of cycling. While we might have more people involved with a lower fundraising commitment (or no fundraising at all), our rides are organized so that a manageable number of people can participate while simultaneously yielding a high amount of donations going to our mission.

What is the minimum fundraising amount for a team?

The fundraising minimum for a team is based on the number of people on your team; an average of $500 per person. If you have a team of 4 ppl, the minimum fundraising amount must be $2,000. (4 X $500 = $2,000).

Volunteers & Friends & Family

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers are essential!!! The volunteer roles vary from onsite logistics, drivers, cheering squads, photographers, first aide, bike mechanics etc. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or register to volunteer now.

I don't want to ride, how can I get involved?

There are multiple ways you can participate if biking is not your thing. You can always volunteer , donate, or support a specific rider. Contact us if you have any questions.

I have family and friends who want to cheer me on. How will they find me?

We encourage all family and friends to cheer for and support their friends and family. The full route with all rest stops is posted for each ride city. Direct your family to the route page for your specific ride, keep a look out for the Bike to the Beach signs, and keep in contact with you as ride.

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