1) Do you provide transportation home from Sacramento?
We will charter buses that can transport 150 people from Sacramento to Oakland. Bikes of riders taking the buses will be transported by rented box trucks, very carefully loaded, and unloaded by trained volunteers; we will use moving blankets and bungee cords to secure and protect bikes during transport. Transportation from Sacramento to Oakland must be reserved and booked ahead of time to ensure a space on a bus.
2) Do I have to raise $250 in order to ride?
No. However, we do hope you will consider participating in the fundraising part. Our goal is to raise $120,000 to be split evenly between parent-teacher organizations at seven Oakland public schools: Edna Brewer Middle, Emerson Elementary, Claremont Middle, Oakland International High, Oakland Technical High, Westlake Middle and a new member of our family, Roosevelt Middle School to support essential enrichment programs. Click here to learn more about the impact of donations. If you prefer not to fund raise, you can also choice the "Buy Out" option when you register for $350.
3) What are the routes?
45-Mile Route Sheet
110-Mile Route Sheet
60-Mile Route Sheet coming soon!
Written directions for both rides will be distributed during check-in.
4) I have never ridden my bike a long distance, what should I do to prepare?
Please visit our Training & Other Resources page.
5) What kind of “support” is provided on the day of the ride?
We provide breakfast, lunch, and all the fluids and energy products you will need throughout the day. There are five rest stops on the 109-mile course, and several other locations where SAG wagons (support vehicles) will be stopped and you can receive fluids or energy products. We also provide you with a set of route directions, and route markers will be posted to help you to avoid getting lost. We will have SAG wagons roaming the course throughout the day to provide assistance to riders (e.g., minor bike repairs, first aid, fluids, energy products), and transportation to riders who are not able to make it to the finish line by the designated cut-off time.
6) Can you help me to set-up my personal web page to solicit donations?
Click here for instructions. For ideas on what to say, take a look at some of the web pages that other riders have prepared. If you still have questions, contact Paul Vetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7) What should I wear and bring on the day of the ride?
In the spring, we experience a wide range of temperature and weather conditions. Wool, polypropylene, and lycra all breathe very well and keep you warm/dry in wet weather. We advise you to save a cotton shirt for the finish line! You need to bring personal identification and a medical card. You are strongly encouraged to bring a cell phone and some cash. You are required to wear a bike helmet in order to participate. We also recommend that you wear a good pair of cycling shorts with a chamois to keep you comfortable en route, and a pair of padded bike gloves. If you signed up for the 109-mile ride, you also should consider using clip-in pedals/cycling shoes, or pedals with toe-clips. You should have a comfortable seat, and at least one large (24 ounce) water bottle, and a water bottle holder on your bike.
At Oakland Tech on the morning of the ride, prior to starting the ride, you can check-in a change of clothes (to wear after completing the ride), and/or any layers you would like to shed before you start. We’ll have plastic bags and marking pens to keep track of your clothes, which then will be transported to Sacramento, where you can pick them up after you finish.
8) Do I need to ride a road bike?
A lightweight road bike is highly recommended to complete the 109-mile ride. All bikes, regardless should be fitted with slicks (tires with smooth, not knobby, treads) to reduce rolling resistance to improve your efficiency and enjoyment of the ride. Make sure your bike is in good working order and safe to ride before you start. Keep it tuned-up, tires properly inflated, chain clean and well lubricated, and brakes and derailleurs properly adjusted and in good working order. If you need a tune-up, please consider taking your bike to our friends at Tip-Top Bike Shop in Oakland who are generous sponsors of Ride for a Reason.
9) Do you have a form letter to help me fund raise?
Here is an example of letter you can adapt for your self: Fund Raising Letter.
10) How do I change my fundraising target?
- Go to your own Sponsor a Rider page.
- Click Login in the top right corner.
- Once you are logged in, choose My Account from the Login icon.
- Choose My Page.
- Update your Fundraising Goal and Save.
11) Do you have a flyer I can give my neighbors?
Click here for a copy of the R4R 2017 Flyer.
12) What is your Tax ID?
The fiscal sponsor of R4R is Claremont Middle School PTA which is a 501 (c)3 organization. The Tax ID is 94-6171801. Donations (not including registration) are tax deductible as allowed by law.