CYCLE Kids fundraiser tomorrow

The First Annual Breakaway Bike Ride and luncheon is tomorrow. There are three routes to choose from:

Metric Century: register at 7:30 am, ride departs at 8 am
36 mile ride: register at 9:30 am, ride departs at 10 am
19 mile ride: register at 9:30 am, ride departs at 10:15 am

All rides leave from the deCordova scutplure park and museum (a really neat spot) in Lincoln, MA.

The ride raises money to get kids on bikes and on their way to living healthy, active lives – more info at

Find out more about the ride and the fundraising requirements at their website.

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Cycle the Seacoast Charity Ride

On May 1, 2011 there is a one-day, multi=route charity ride out of Portsmouth, NH (great riding up there!) to benefit the American Lung Association.

There are three route options: 25, 50 or 100 miles. All have panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and historic homes and villages along the Seacoast. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Fundraising minimum of $250 required ($125 for ages 7-17).

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The race to the Harpoon ride

The Harpoon Brewery to Brewery (or “B2B”) Ride is a New England Classic. It’s tough and fun. A serious commitment for serious cyclists. And when you’ve done it, you feel a sense of achievement (and you get free beer and a t-shirt to memorialize the event).

It’s been a couple years since I’ve done the ride, here’s my post on the 2009 B2B Ride to give you a feel for some of the details. The good folks at Harpoon have continued to tweak and evolve this ride, and they continue along that path this year. The ride is not for the faint of heart, yet it’s always sold out. Alumni get first dibs at registering in subsequent years, but now they’ll have to register appropriately via the new electronic measurement system to verify that they’ve completed the ride, and at the pace they signed up for.

And even then, alumni status does not guarantee entry after this year:

Along with other qualifications, alumni status will be considered very favorably for ride admission.

You can get the entire low down on the event here: Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride

Registration opens next Tuesday, February 15th. Good luck on getting into the event. And if you get in – good luck with the ride!

It’s not just about the bike

Along with the renewed commitment to making/keeping this an event for serious cyclists, Harpoon is raising the bar on the charity aspect of the event:

$100 minimum donation, split evenly and paid directly to these two charities:

  • 50% of your donation will go to The Jim Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    • 50% of your donation will go to Team Psycho’s Elite Development Fund, 3 athletes are training to qualify for the 2012 Olympics!
    • Charity Ride Fundraising

      show me the money!I’ve been riding the Pan Mass Challenge for 10 years. It’s a 2-day nearly 200-mile ride, but that’s actually the easy part (with some training).

      I’ve been successful in raising large amounts of money for a few reasons, I believe. First of all, I’m very passionate about the cause and I share that passion, and my specific reasons for riding, with my sponsors. Many of them have been impacted in some way by cancer and are happy to have a way to help. Many thank me for “doing something.”

      My email list is rather large and all-encompassing. I don’t really group my solicitations in any way, I simply ask everyone. It helps spread awareness, and I’m often surprised by the results — sometimes those who you might expect a contribution remain silent, and those who I might not expect anything from contribute significantly.

      I also send multiple requests/reminders. I don’t bug people, mostly because I hate that and I don’t want to be annoying. Generally, I send one notice a couple of months before the event and a second just a couple of weeks before the event. I usually send a third broadcast, which is a reminder as the event approaches. Many contributors often thank me for the reminder.

      The week of the ride, I send a note out asking sponsors to keep an eye out for the  local media coverage. It’s another opportunity to thank them for their support, and to keep awareness for the cause up.

      Finally, I always send a follow-up letter letting everyone know how the event went, how much money we raised, etc. Think about it, if you put down $50 or $100 or more to support an event, wouldn’t you like to know how it went? I include photos, anecdotes, and a final message about the cause/passion for the event. I think sponsors appreciate it and that it helps them to feel part of the event (which they are! the most important part!).

      What are your charity ride fundraising strategies?

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      Check out the Prouty Charity Rides to the North

      Alice Nelson 2009 Ultimate
      Alice Nelson 2009 Ultimate

      I’ve been a committed Pan Mass Challenge rider for 10 years. It’s perhaps the biggest and best cycling fundraiser in the world. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other great charity rides.

      Charlie Kimbell, director of the Prouty Ultimate and Prouty Century Ride and Walk Challenge, recently told me about his group’s great rides up North in New Hampshire and Vermont.

      Inspired by the impact of cancer many years ago, the first Prouty ride was held in 1982 by four nurses, in honor of their patient Audrey Prouty. Monies raised benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

      Each event caters to a different group. “The Prouty Century is the best ride for a first-time century rider.  There are SAG stops every 10 miles, the ride is fully supported and the terrain is not too difficult,” Charlie explained.

      The Prouty Ultimate caters to a small group (limited to 150) of more serious riders.  It’s a two-day, double-century ride that is as scenic as it is challenging. Charlie explains, “We took the time to include country roads along rivers and streams, around lakes and through quaint New England towns and farmland. ” And, because the group is limited in size, “There is great camaraderie amongst the riders.”

      Check out all the details at their web site: Prouty Rides

      Pan Mass Challenge: Registration Open Today

      Pan Mass ChallengeRegistration for all riders opens today for the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, the nation’s largest cycling fundraiser event. Even in tough economic times, the PMC raised over 30 million dollars for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute last year. The “classic” route, which I’ll be tackling for the 10th time this year, starts in Sturbridge, MA and ends in Provincetown, MA. The ride is just under 200 miles and takes two days to complete. Over the years the event has expanded to include multiple routes (there are now 9). Each is a different length, covers different terrain and carries different fundraising requirements, but all contribute in a meaningful way to cancer research.

      The beauty of the event, which has always been tremendously efficient, is that in recent years 100% of rider-raised dollars go to cancer research. Rider registration fees and corporate sponsors cover operating expenses to make this possible.

      The event is uniquely inspiring and has a tremendous impact on progress toward treatment – and hopefully ultimately a cure – for cancer. Go to the PMC website at and learn more.

      Photo Credit: Nantaskart!