Requirements

Costs and Fundraisingimg_2069

Every FCBA rider must complete two financial components to fund their trip: the registration fee, and fundraising.

1. Registration fee

All participants pay the registration fee. This helps cover things like food, lodging, the support vehicle, your Fuller Center jersey, and a t-shirt. We strive to keep the registration fee accessible to all of our riders. The registration fees do not completely covered the cost of the ride, so each year we must take a portion of our donations to cover the gap. On our registration form this year, you will find an option to voluntarily cover the anticipated cost of participation, historically about 10-15% more than the registration fee.

 Segment Riders Whole Way Riders
 Early Bird Registration: $200 October 1 – December 31 October 1 – December 31
Regular Registration: $250  January 1 – May 15*  January 1 – April 15
Late Registration: $300   May 16 – June 1*  April 16 – June 1*

Registration Closes June 1st, 2017                                                                     *Jersey sizes not guaranteed after April 15.

 

2. Fundraising
To ensure that our ride impacts those in need, we set ambitious fundraising goals for our riders. Together we can strive to reach families around the world with an opportunity for a hand up out of substandard housing. Riders joining for segments must fundraise at least the amount listed below multiplied by the number of segments for which they are joining.
(Example: $700/segment x 2 segments = $1,400 fundraising minimum)

 

 Regular Fundraising Requirements

(27+ years of age)

Student Fundraising Requirements

(26 years and younger) 

Per Segment $700* $500*
Whole Way
(10 Segments)
 $4,500  $4,000

*The total fundraising requirement of a Segment Rider is capped at the Whole Way fundraising requirement

However, we hope you don’t want you to stop there – we encourage you to set your fundraising goal even higher. Setting even larger goals – like $10k, $25k, or even $50k – will help you and your supporters think big.

Don’t let the fundraising aspect of the ride intimidate you – we have great tools and advice to help you reach your goal, and can help you send out letters, create a personal fundraising page and much more! Time and time again we hear riders tell us that they can raise more than they thought they could. Check out the fundraising guide listed among our tools for riders.

If fundraising is the only thing holding you back, don’t let it! We can help you – contact us at bike@fullercenter.org.

 

Age Restrictions

ageBecause of the inherent hazards of cycling and our communal lifestyle during the ride, we have the following age policy:

Riders under 14 may participate for a one-day ride if accompanied by their parent/guardian. However, we urge participants choosing to do this to use special caution and to be prepared to offer their own support vehicle as needed. Remember that we usually use public roads with various levels of vehicle traffic. As for anyone, experience riding a distance similar to the one they are undertaking is a plus.

Riders 14-17 may participate for any length of the journey so long as they have a designated chaperone on the trip. Consider riding with a parent, guardian, teacher, etc. We’d like for each minor to bring their adult chaperone, but if you’re interested in joining and cannot find one, please contact us at bike@fullercenter.org.

Riders 18+ are encouraged to join us as they are able!

 

Speed Minimums 

img_28982015Our average distance is about 72 miles with some days shorter and our longest being around 102 miles. We do not need to ride as a giant pack all day every day; riders are free to ride alone (but not alone at the back) or to break up into groups as they choose. We try to regroup at rest stops.

For this reason, there is no precise speed at which we all need to ride. However, in order to keep the group together and advancing at a reasonable pace, riders joining for a segment or more should be able to average at least 12 mph and be able to go 20-25 miles without long rests. But don’t worry; it seems to get easier when you’re doing it with a group than when you’re doing it just for training on your own.

Also, a note for riders gifted with speed: very fast riders may find that you reach the designated rest stop location ahead of of our support vehicles, which need to wait at previous rest stops for the last rider to arrive before departing. Fast riders should be prepared to wait at rest stops for our less quick teammates to catch up, or to ride at a slower pace.  However, since this is not a race, but a team on a mission to change the world, we hope this is less a challenge as it is an opportunity for our team of cyclists from all backgrounds and a range of abilities to bond together for a common purpose!