FAQs - GETTING READY TO RIDE
HOW DO I REGISTER AND FORM OR JOIN A TEAM?
Call your friends, family, co-workers, and comrades to form a Bike, Walk and Roll team! Many teams may choose to show their pride by decorating their bikes and sporting festive outfits!
TO JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM...
Search for your team when registering online and join it.
Already registered? You can still join a team. Just log in and click on "Join a team".
Please note, unless you registered together originally, you should still direct sponsors to your personal fundraising page. Your total will count towards the team. You still need to meet your individual fundraising goals to receive some great prizes.
TO START A NEW TEAM...
Register yourself online (you will be team captain) and create a team name. Once you are registered, you can register additional participants who will automatically be added to your team during the registration process. Make sure to give sponsors the url for the team fundraising page and to edit your team goal. Sponsors will be able to search for your team name, and donate. If they search for your name and donate to you personally, don't worry- this will still show up on your team fundraising thermometer.
If you have not started fundraising and want to create a team with others who have not started fundraising, you can all register yourselves and join the team and start fundraising together collectively.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN BIKE, WALK, AND ROLL
Each registered participant receives the following on the day of the Bike, Walk and Roll:
Finisher medal, to show all your family and friends who sponsored you, that you completed the ride.
A ride fully marked and supported with great rest stops.
The opportunity to meet some great people and create new friendships along the bike route.
Our top fundraising riders get prizes! Check out our list of prizes, which will continue to be updated up until the event!
WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL PORTION OF THE EVENT?
For those who live outside of the area but still want to participate and fundraise for FOCIS. You can register and ride, walk or run in your area, anytime during the month of September. Track yourself with any GPS tracking app and post it to our social media pages.
HOW CAN I HELP BIKE, WALK, AND ROLL?
We could use your help getting the word out about the ride, so tell your friends!
RSVP to our Facebook Event and invite all your friends
Tweet, post or Instagram about the ride and organization using the hashtag #Bikewalkandroll2022
Share BW&R's posts and tweets
Request posters or leaflets from Robert Marquez to post around your neighborhood or workplace at email@example.com
Create a team!
Reach out to your friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to ride with you!
Become a Team Member
The Bike, Walk and Roll event comes together with the help of many dedicated Team Members.
Register as a team member to help as:
Rest Stop Worker. Provides water, snacks and encouragement to the riders.
SAG Team (support and gear) to help those who are fatigue, encounter mechanical problems or an emergency along the route.
Kids ride chaperone
Pre ride check in team.
Post ride team.
Event photographer (must have own equipment)
When you register you'll be contacted by a staff member.
CAN I DO THIS RIDE?
Some people wonder, "Will I be able to do the ride?" The answer is usually yes, but you will need to train. Below are suggestions that can be helpful in determining which ride will be within your reach. Your supporters might even sponsor you with more money if they see that you're pushing yourself! Check out our training rides, offered in June, July, and August 2022.
The 25 Mile Ride
If riders maintain an average speed of at least 10 mph for the whole ride, and stop for no longer than 1/2 hour at the rest stop, this would put you at the finish line in 3 hours
The 50 Mile Ride
If riders maintain an average speed of at least 10 mph for the whole ride, and stop for no longer than 1 hour total among the rest stops. This would put you at the finish line in about 6 hours
Riders should have completed at least one ride of 30 miles or more within the last month.
The 100 Mile Ride
If riders maintain an average speed of at least 15 mph for the whole ride, and stop for no longer than 1.5 hour total among all the rest stops, this would put you at the finish line in about 7.5-8 hours
Riders should have completed at least two rides of 75 miles or more within the last 2 month.
If you would like to train to get ready for Saturday September 17th, 2022, check out our training rides we will be offering in June, July and August. Rides will be posted on our social media pages.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT MY BIKE?
Making sure that your bike is ready for the ride is important to having an enjoyable, worry-free day. Though we will have bike mechanics on-hand to do a last-minute safety check there is no substitute for preventative maintenance! Please note that the mechanics will not be able to handle any repairs the day of the ride.
To help make sure that all of our riders are safe, we will ask any riders who show up with unsafe bicycles on the day of to refrain from riding.
If you haven't had a tune up or had your bike looked over by a professional mechanic within the last year, we highly recommend taking it to your local bike shop before the ride.
HOW DO I CREATE MY OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE?
If you haven't already done so, create your personal fundraising page so that people can sponsor your ride online!
Remember if you are fundraising as a team, the person who registered the team should make the team page, which you will all use.
If you have already registered, you should have received a link in an email to get started on making your fundraising page. You can also just log in and get started right away.
Write some text on your page that is about your personal connection to the Bike, Walk and Roll mission, so that people will feel connected to your ride.
Add a picture of yourself. You can drag and drop photos right into the editing box. You can even create a slideshow.
HOW CAN I MEET MY FUNDRAISING GOAL?
It should be east to meet your fundraising goal.
Create your personal fundraising page online so people can easily sponsor your ride.
Send an email or text to all your friends and family asking them to sponsor you. Just go to your fundraising dashboard or my fundraising tools and select Share Event. You can create a list of people to email. In the email, you will include a link to your fundraising page. Refer to the Participant Guide for detailed instructions, including sharing your event via social media.
Add a snippet of text to your email signature announcing your Bike, Walk and Roll and providing a link to your personal fundraising page.
Check to see if your employer will match tax-deductible donations that are made to you.
Keep your paper pledge sheet with you at all times, so that you can receive checks and cash from people who might want to sponsor you after hearing about your ride.
Post regular status updates about your Bike, Walk and Roll ride to your Facebook, Instagram or other social networking sites.
CAN I COLLECT CHECKS OR CASH FROM MY SPONSORS?
Yes you can! All checks should be made out to "FOCIS." Please write BW&R and your name in the check memo so we can make sure it is credited to your ride.
You can and should record all cash and checks yourself on your fundraising dashboard in My Donations so that they are counted towards your fundraising total as soon as possible. If you have a cash or check donation to add, click the + Add Cash or Check button and enter the information for your donor.
You have two options for getting the checks and cash to us:
Turn them in early
Mail or hand-deliver the checks/cash to the FOCIS Office at 11364 E. Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650.
Make sure to indicate that the money is to sponsor your ride.
Please indicate whether you have already entered the checks and cash yourself on your fundraising page. If not, these sponsorships should show up on your personal fundraising page thermometer within 1 week of us receiving them.
Bring them with you on Bike, Walk and Roll morning (most common)
Make sure to arrive at least 1/2 hour before your ride departure so that you'll have time to check in and hand in the money.
In advance, please print out a Paper pledge sheet. Then fill it out listing all the checks and cash that you're turning in and indicate whether you have already entered them on your online fundraising page yourself.
Route Maps & Marking
All of the routes will be clearly marked on the road in the pattern displayed below. Event staff prior to ride departure will review route markings.
Additionally printed-paper maps will be available to every rider the day of the ride. GPX routes will be available a few weeks before the ride day for download and use with a GPS App. Want to access the route on your cell phone?
All riders must follow our route rules. By signing the ride waiver you are agreeing to abide by the following:
All riders must wear a helmet at all times while biking.
Riders under age 18 must ride with a guardian.
Riders should obey all traffic laws: stop at red lights, yield to pedestrians, use hand signals and ride single file in traffic.
Ride predictably, no stunts.
Can I Choose A Different Route The Day of The Ride?
Decided that you'd rather ride a different route than what you registered for? No problem!
To switch before you start the ride:
Look up the start time of your new desired route by clicking on "What should I do on Ride Day?" (below).
On ride day, arrive at the New Harvest Educational Facility with enough time to check in, have your bike looked over by our shop mechanics (if wanted)
To switch during the ride:
Riders are welcome to switch to a shorter route while they are riding for any reason. Our SAG Team will be diverting riders to these routes at certain times to ensure all riders are back safely.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ON RIDE DAY?
How do I get there?
All of the Bike, Walk and Roll routes will be leaving from 11364 E. Imperial Hwy. Norwalk, CA 90650.
From the 5-freeway North or South, Exit Imperial Hwy and go West, Facility is on the corner of E. Imperial Hwy. and Orr & Day Rd.
From the 605-freeway North or South, Exit Imperial Hwy. and go East, Facility is on the corner of E. Imperial Hwy. and Orr & Day Rd.
Parking is available in the parking lot on Orr & Day next to the railroad tracks. You can also park on Orr & Day or Carne St.
WHEN SHOULD I SHOW UP?
Arrive at the New Harvest Educational Facility with enough time to check in and have our mechanics safety-check your bike (if you like) before your ride departs!
ROUTE | CHECK-IN BEGINS | RIDE DEPARTS
100, 50, & 25 MILE | 6:00AM | 7:00AM
10K WALK & RUN | 8:00AM | 9:00AM
3-MILE COMMUNITY CRUISE | 9:00AM | 10:00AM
CAN I CHECK IN EARLY?
Yes, we will have early check in on Friday, September 16th from 5pm-8pm at
11364 E. Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650.
What should I bring?
If you collected any sponsorships in the form of check, cash, or pay later, please bring your pledge sheet(s) and checks/cash with you to morning check in.
Bring your helmet. All riders are required to wear a helmet.
Please bring your own water bottles.
Please bring any needed inhalers, EpiPens or medication that you might need and keep it with you at all times during the ride.
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