Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to ride?
Riders should wear a secure helmet and plan to carry everything that they need with them on the ride. There will be rest stops with snacks and refreshments throughout the rides.
Will there be support for riders?
There will be rest stops with water and snacks every 5-15 miles. See the route maps for details. Volunteers will staff each of these rest stops. There are two bathroom stops along each of the routes. Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles will also be driving the routes.
What is the pace of the ride?
To be fair to the rest stop volunteers and to ensure you are back in time for all the post-ride festivities, you may be asked to switch routes if you do not hit certain mile markers by certain times. (This applies mostly to the 65-mile ride.) Rider support and free beer/pizza at the after-party will end at 4:00 p.m., so please keep this in mind when choosing which distance to ride.
How do I raise money as a rider?
Because fundraising is not required for this ride, your registration fee does not go toward fundraising incentive goals. However, when you register, you will automatically have a fundraising page started for you. Just $250 earns you a cool pair of red cycling shoe covers. If you raise $500 or more, you will receive a Red Shoe Ride cycling jersey.
If I don't ride, Can I still help?
Will I need to bring food?
There will be rest stops with snacks, water and PowerAde throughout the rides. See the route maps for details; you may feel that you want to pack some additional snacks. Shakespeare’s Pizza is providing two slices of pizza for all riders after the ride. All riders will also receive free admission to the Bur Oak Beer Garden.
Can I get a refund?
The ride will go on rain or shine! Because this is a fundraising event and Ronald McDonald House depends on the income to provide services, no refunds will be given.
Still have questions?
Use our contact form or call the House at 573-443-7666 for more information!