Q: Can I show up on June 4, 2017 and pay to ride a bike?
A: No, all 100 bikes are reserved by teams who have fundraised for months
Q: Why is the fundraising commitment $2500?
A: Because we are holding our event outdoors on the Santa Monica Pier, we have limited space can only fit approximately 100 bikes. There is a lot of overhead as compared to fundraisers that take place in existing indoor cycling studios. Most teams are made up of 5 people and each member commits to raise $500—it’s easy!
Q: I don’t have any friends to form a team with—can I participate?
A: Contact us and we will put your name on a list and try to match you up with 2-4 other individual riders who wish to ride to form a team.
Q: Is food and entertainment included?
A: All riders get a wristband that entitles them to free food and drink throughout the day. Donors who have contributed $100 or more get free entry and a wristband for food. Donors who have given less than $100 get free entry and can buy a food wristband.
Q: Can my family & friends come to the Pier to cheer me on as I ride?
A: Yes, absolutely! Having your friends & family at the pier adds to the excitement and energy. Riders will receive an email request the week before and will need to submit all family members names for the guest list. All donors are also on the guest list automatically. If you have friends who want to come down, make sure they donate prior to May 30th.
Q: What if I register for a bike, but don’t meet my fundraising goal of $2500
A: We will try to add someone to your bike or combine two bikes if that happens. In our experience, everyone meets the goal in the end. Many donations come in the last week, especially if you send email reminders and do Facebook posts.
Q: Can I ride any time between 11am and 4pm?
A: Most teams make a schedule with time slots and assign each member a given time. Riders have to account for parking at the pier (and possibly having to shuttle from a lot a bit further out) and getting checked in at the registration table. Some riders stay the whole time and others ride during their slot, hang a bit and then go on with their Sunday.
Q: Can kids participate?
A: To ride on the bike, a kid's feet need to reach the pedals and they need to be approximately 12 years old.
Q: What kind of Shoes should I have?
A: You can cycle in shoes that have SPD cleats (not LOOK) or in tennis shoes. SPD cleats are small and inset. The red triangle LOOK cleats will not work on the STAGES bikes. It’s advisable to bring tennis shoes just in case.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Click here for PARKING.