Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions about The Ride.
Step-by-step registration instructions
Yes, please dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather we will update riders via social media, on-site and on the courses.
We suggest being present at least 30 minutes prior to your ride start time. To view your start time, check out our Schedules page
- Friday 9/15/17: 4pm-8pm (Cabela’s)
- Saturday 9/16/17: 9am – 4pm (Cabela’s)
- Sunday 9/17/16: 6am-10am (Packet Pick-Up/Headquarters in the Shoppes at Prairie Lakes parking lot)
Yes, you are able to pick up someone else’s packet, and someone can pick up yours.
No, unfortunately we do not offer transfers to another individual. However we can defer your registration to next year.
- 100-mile route: 7:00 a.m.
- 62-mile route: 9:00 a.m.
- 31-mile route: 10:00 a.m.
- 15-mile route: 11:00 am.
- 3-mile route: 1:30p.m.
A pace you are comfortable with. We have support on the route if you are unable to finish.
We will have water, electrolyte drinks, granola bars and fruit.
Yes, each rest stop has mechanics. There will be mechanical support along the route as well, should you need help while riding.
100, 62, 31, 15, and three miles but the actual distances
for each route due to road directions are:
- 102 miles
- 63 miles
- 34 miles
- 17 miles
- 3 miles
A rest stop with food, water, first aid, mechanical support and restrooms will between every 12 to 15 miles. See our Routes page
for specific rest stop locations as indicated by green circles.
Each route travels through beautiful country scenery with lakes, rolling hills, mature trees, old barns and perhaps some wildlife. Be prepared for some hills. However, with every up hill, there is a downhill!
Yes, you are able to change your route at any time. If you are out on the course and decide to change your route, simply follow the signs for the route you wish to ride.
18 and older without parent or guardian supervision. With parent or guardian supervision, we allow 14 years and older along all routes. Our three-mile ride is designed for people of all ages.
It is not mandatory to raise the recommended amounts. These are goals to strive for, keeping in mind our goal is to advance the state of the art cancer research that is being performed at the University of Wisconsin. We recommend $350 for the 100 and 62 mile routes, and $250 for the 31
- The Ride participant long sleeve shirt
- Food and beverage at all rest stops
- Food and beverage at the post-ride Celebration of Life party
- Photo downloads
- Gear check
- Kids expo
- Finisher medal
- SAG support along all routes
Donations are nonrefundable. All donations will be made to the University of Wisconsin for cancer research.
Donations will be accepted for up to 30 days after The Ride.
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Yes. Both riders must be registered.
Yes! We encourage all different types of bikes that are in good, working condition.
Bicycle trailers are permitted on the 3 mile and 17 mile routes.
We have a three-mile family fun ride and any child 14 and older can ride our other routes with parent or guardian supervision. Kids also have the opportunity to decorate their bikes, make signs, enjoy activities at the Kids Expo and volunteer with a parent or guardian.
All rules of the road apply to bikes so please obey all traffic laws. Roads will not be closed off, however, we will have course marshals to help with certain intersections along the routes. Helmets must be worn by all participants.
The Ride does not offer bike rentals. There are, however, great bicycle shops around town that may be able to help you.
First, register as an individual. When you come to the fourth page of registration, you will have the option to start a team. Pick a cool name, ask all of your buddies to join!
You are always welcome to create your own jersey! If you would like to include The Ride logos on your custom jersey or shirt, please contact us at [email protected]
Check out the rider profile tab on the top of the webpage. Here you will be able to join a team, as well edit your information. You can also contact us at [email protected]
Of course! Teams are created to reach a fundraising goal and do not have to ride together.
Unless riding the three-mile ride, family members must register individually.
We welcome riders 18 and older on all routes. Riders between the ages of 14 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All ages are welcome for the 3-mile family fun ride.
Please hit the “Forgot Password” link when you try to sign in.
Bike trailers are allowed on the 15 and three-mile routes only.
SAG vehicles will be on the course. There is a also a mechanical tent at each rest stop and at the starting point.
Our SAG vehicles will be there to escort you back to the starting point.
Please make checks out to UW Foundation. Please mail checks to:
c/o Jill Schmitz
1111 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
If you are donating to a specific person or team, please include that in the memo.
Yes, on our website, on the upper right hand corner, hit Donate. When you scroll down you have the option to search for an individual or team. Select your chosen individual and you can then donate.
Funds raised are used by researchers at the University of Wisconsin to advance the art of research, to serve cancer patients and their families here at the Cancer Center and beyond.
Teams can set a collective goal, but it is up to the individuals to fundraise in their own name, which then is added to the team goal.
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Yes! You can register as a volunteer and still set up a fundraising goal. First, register in the volunteer role you’d like. Then on the left hand column, select fundraiser. Hit the red “Become a Fundraiser” tab.
We’re glad you asked! We have need volunteers to make this event a success. We need volunteers for:
- Packet pick up
- Gear check attendants
- Course marshals
- Bike corral attendants
- Food & Beverage Distribution
- Finish Line support
Please see our volunteer page for description and shifts.
Please become a virtual rider by creating a fundraising page. You will have the option to create a page to email all of your family and friends. Visit our Register page
to sign up today!
We have opportunities to be course marshals, first aid and rest stop attendants.
You will receive an automatic confirmation email after signing up. After signing up, your captain will be in contact with you at least two weeks prior with the details of your shift.
We will provide you with a t-shirt to wear for the day. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are appropriate for the day’s weather.
We will provide food for our volunteers as a thank you. If you have specific food allergies or will be out on the course, please feel free to pack snacks and water.
Absolutely. Sign up as a volunteer first. Then go to our fundraising page and select the “Become a Fundraiser” tab. Create your fundraising page and share with friends.
14 and older and children under the age of 14 are allowed to help with adult supervision. For beverage distribution, all volunteers need to be 18+.
Yes. Children under the age of 14 do need adult supervision.