FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For our 13th annual event, we plan to offer the traditional 3-day Group Ride as well as a Virtual Challenge option—back by popular demand!
The Alzheimer's Association continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19. Our top priorities remain the health and safety of our event participants, volunteers, staff and constituents as we continue to pursue our mission, today and in the longer term.
*Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC recommendations and guidance from SC DHEC in the months leading up to the event, we will determine whether it will be possible for the in-person Group Ride to move forward safely as planned. A final decision will be made by May 1, 2021.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Register online at aridetoremember.org. The deadline to register for the Group Ride* is July 1st, and the minimum age to participate is 18. There is no deadline to register for the Virtual Challenge.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON BIKES ALLOWED IN THE GROUP RIDE?
The Group Ride* is a road cycling event along South Carolina roadways. We encourage cyclists to ride road bikes. For safety and suitability, we discourage the use of triathlon bikes, TT (time trial) bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, or cruisers.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE VIRTUAL CHALLENGE?
While our traditional Group Ride* is focused on road cycling, we welcome cyclists of all kinds to participate in the Virtual Challenge. Whether you are a road cyclist, a casual cruiser, a spin/Peloton enthusiast or a mountain biker, the Virtual Challenge is a great way for you to ride anytime, anywhere and any way! We recommend that participants adhere to CDC guidelines for physical distancing both on and off your bikes.
Start by posting a photo and sharing your story about why you’re participating in this event on your personal fundraising page (accessed by logging in to your participant center). Once your page is updated, share it with friends, family and coworkers via email, social networking and word of mouth. We have lots of other tips available on our fundraising page!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The funds raised through this event benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about how we put your dollars to work.
HOW IS THE MONEY COLLECTED?
Donations can be made online. To submit offline donations (checks or money orders), mail them to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: RTR21, PO Box 3128, Spartanburg, SC 29304. Donations can also be turned in upon check-in for the ride. Please do not send large amounts of cash by mail!
ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE? HOW DO I GET A RECEIPT?
All donations are tax deductible, and donors will receive thank-you letters that serve as receipts for tax purposes. Online donors will receive this information via email confirmation.
HOW DO I EARN THE RTR21 T-SHIRT AND CYCLING GEAR?
Every Virtual Challenge participant who reaches the recommended fundraising goal of $252 will receive our 2021 t-shirt! For Group Ride participants, the t-shirt is included in your registration fee. We also award special Hincapie cycling gear for reaching the following fundraising milestones.
- $750 earns the official RTR21 Hincapie jersey (your choice of race cut, club cut or sleeveless)
- $1,250 earns matching shorts or bibshorts (your choice)
- $1,750 earns matching cycling gloves
- $2,500 earns matching cycling vest
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE FUNDRAISING INCENTIVE GEAR THAT I EARN?
All Group Ride participants will receive their RTR21 t-shirt and commemorative bib during packet pick-up Thursday, July 8 or at the event itself.
All Virtual Challenge participant who raise at least $252 by June 1 will receive their RTR21 t-shirt in the mail with their commemorative bib in June. T-shirts will continue to be mailed on a rolling basis as virtual riders reach the $252 fundraising milestone.
The deadline to earn Hincapie incentive gear before the event is May 1, 2021. This gear will be available for pick-up during early check-in hours or at the event itself for Group Ride participants. Virtual Challenge participants will be mailed ordered incentive gear in July. The final deadline to earn incentive gear or other top fundraising prizes will be July 31, 2021. All Hincapie gear will be ordered after July 31 and shipped to participants in October 2021.
WHERE CAN I FIND FUNDRAISING TIPS AND TOOLS?
Check out our fundraising page!
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE VIRTUAL RIDE CHALLENGE. SHOULD I INVITE THEM TO REGISTER?
We encourage you to recruit new participants! In fact, each rider who recruits 5 or more new registrants will earn an exclusive RTR hat! As riders register, they can credit you with the referral.
Keep in mind that the Virtual Challenge makes A Ride to Remember more accessible for cyclists who might not consider the traditional 3-day Group Ride due to mileage, time commitment, out-of-state travel, or summer weather. Consider your cycling friends and supporters who follow your RTR efforts with interest, as well as Peloton enthusiasts. This might be their year to shine!
WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE FOR A RIDE TO REMEMBER?
Detailed schedule of events coming soon!
ARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING A RIDE TO REMEMBER?
Absolutely! It takes a lot of people to make this event happen. All volunteers are required to submit our Volunteer Form by July 1st. Volunteers are also welcome to register for the Virtual Challenge to help collect donations in support of A Ride to Remember!
WILL THERE BE WATER STOPS AND SAG VEHICLES?
Yes, we'll have rest stops every 10-15 miles with water, Gatorade and snacks. In addition, sag vehicles will be in operation for the duration of the ride, including medical support, mechanical support, and a sweeper that will never pass the final rider. Please note: for safety and coordination, anyone who intends to drive a sag vehicle along the route MUST sign up as a volunteer by July 1st.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT GROUP RIDING?
Please be familiar with our guidelines for group riding. If your bike has aero bars, only ride in the aero position when you are away from other cyclists. Riding in aero position is prohibited within a group. This is for your safety and others around you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
We ride rain or shine, so please pack your rain gear! In the event of extremely severe weather, we will send our buses to pick up riders along the route as quickly as possible. Our riders usually finish the route each day by around 3 PM, before the typical summer-evening thunderstorms pop up.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR NEED TO STOP?
Emergency phone numbers will be provided on your cue sheets (provided each morning). Please be sure to bring your mobile phone with you during the ride.
You can also download the Ride With GPS app to view these routes on your mobile device using an interactive mapping application. This is a great way to navigate a practice run of the route or have backup navigation handy on the day of the ride. For the safety of all riders and volunteers, riders are expected to complete each day's ride by 4:00 PM.
WILL THE ROUTE BE MARKED?
The route will be marked with signs wherever possible, but it is still important to reference the cue sheets. Moisture-resistant cue sheets will be provided to you each morning of the ride, and the ride leader will give an overview of the route, highlighting water and lunch stops, any potential confusing turns, etc. Due to city rules, there will be no route signs in downtown Charleston.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
View our event staff and how to contact them.
ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Yes, meals are provided each day of the ride, and vegetarian options will be available at all meals. On Day 1, light breakfast items and water fill-up are available in the check-in area; on Days 2 & 3, breakfast will be available at designated lodging. Snacks and peanut-butter-jelly sandwiches are provided along the route, and lunch is provided at the finish line. We'll also provide dinner each day for riders.
WHERE WILL DINNER BE, AND WHAT WILL BE SERVED?
Stay tuned for more details on daily dinners. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available at all dinners.
CAN I BRING A GUEST TO DINNER?
Meals are complimentary for all Group Ride* participants and registered volunteers. Riders will have the opportunity to purchase guest dinner tickets in June.
IS OVERNIGHT PARKING AVAILABLE IN SIMPSONVILLE?
Yes! However, NO overnight parking will be permitted at Heritage Park. Riders needing to leave cars at the start will need to park at City Park, located at 100 Park Drive Simpsonville (across from the Simpsonville Police Station). We will provide a shuttle to transport you the few short miles to Heritage Park. Shuttle service will be from 7:30-8:00 AM, so please plan accordingly.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON LUGGAGE THAT WILL BE TRANSPORTED?
There are no restrictions on bag size, but please keep in mind that volunteers will need to be able to lift your bag! Due to limited cargo space on our charter buses, personal coolers are discouraged. Please be sure to label bags and any personal items (such as pumps) with your name and tag your luggage each day with the appropriate color for your destination lodging (lodging tags provided).
IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BEFORE AND AFTER THE RIDE?
Bus transportation from Charleston to Simpsonville is available to riders on July 8 and July 12. Group Ride participants should indicate your bus plans when you register; you can edit your response in your Participant Center by clicking "Update Question Responses".
Thursday, July 8th- Bus will load at Hampton Inn Patriots Point (255 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC) at 2 PM and will depart for Hampton Inn Simpsonville at 3 PM.
Monday, July 12th- Bus will load at Hampton Inn Patriots Point (255 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC) at 8:30 AM and will depart for Heritage Park at 9 AM.
If you need to leave a vehicle at either location, you are welcome to do so.
HOW DO I ACCESS DAILY BUS TRANSPORTATION AND LUGGAGE PICK-UP?
Rider transportation and luggage pickup will be coordinated each day only for these designated discounted lodging locations. Riders are encouraged to book lodging early if bus transportation is needed to dinner or to the start line. If you've made alternate lodging arrangements, you may drop off your luggage at the ride start and pick it up at the end location each day.
HOW DO I RESERVE LODGING?
Lodging is the responsibility of each rider. To assist with your arrangements, discounted lodging information is available here.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have.