We’ve put together a seven-week training schedule to help beginners and intermediate cyclists be “ride fit” on February 18th. Participants are encouraged to log as much time on their bikes as possible to make their Ride for Hope experience safe and enjoyable. Remember to include hill work in your routines. Click here for the training schedule.
Participants should know what they are going to wear well before event day. It is also beneficial to have cycled in your gear multiple times before the event so you know it’s comfortable. Lightweight and light-colored shirts or jerseys are a good choice as they reflect the Bahamian sun. RFH recommends that athletic or cycling shorts are worn by men and women as they really help prevent chafing and keep you cool as well. Don’t forget sunblock and sunglasses!
The Ride for Hope is not a race. You ride at your own pace and at a distance of your own choosing. The Ride for Hope is for charity and in the spirit of giving our dedicated volunteers man Support Tents throughout the day. However, we encourage participants to try to complete their ride by 5:00 pm.
Typically, food at the Support Tents include items like Fig Newtons, bananas, oranges, and peanut butter sandwiches. These are high-carbohydrate, high-energy types of food designed to keep you going. If you need a meal or have special dietary needs, you should plan accordingly. Additionally, there is ample water and Gatorade at each stop. Be sure to hydrate and top off your own water bottles before resuming your ride.
Please note: There are peanut products at RFH Support Tents.
RFH mechanics will be on hand to carry out safety checks on participant bikes. If mechanical work is required, participants will be referred to Cycles Unlimited. On event day, RFH will provide bike support at the Staging Area and along the route. Still, participants are encouraged to become familiar with their bike, learn how to fill the tires or change them if they get flat. Becoming proficient at bike care will help you enjoy your rides – wherever they are – more!
The distance you ride is entirely your choice – up to 100 miles. Every participant has a highly personalized journey. You are not in a race. You are under no pressure to finish quickly (only within a reasonable and safe time limit). Some participants go a few miles and finish quite early in the day. Others go for longer distances and take varying lengths of time to complete their journey. It is your ride. Your day. Enjoy it!
Acquaint yourself with the route before the event by reviewing the route maps on our website. Each participant will receive a map in their participants’ bag. Additionally, a large map is posted at the Staging Area showing the entire route. A smaller map is posted at each Support Tent showing where you are and how the course progresses from that point onwards.
The Ride for Hope is not a race. It is a personal journey, the length of which is of your own choosing. You will be under no pressure to ride quickly. Nearly every participant finds they are pleasantly surprised with their performance the day of the ride and feel very proud with themselves at the finish.
A few things to keep in mind are:
- Ride a distance that makes sense for your level of fitness.
- Gauge your strength at the turnaround tents and turn back at a sensible time.
- Ride with a friend – or make new friends on the course
Yes! This is a great event for kids and families. For very young kids (even those on training wheels!) there is a kids loop. For bigger kids, the ride is a wonderful personal adventure. Every year kids of all ages surprise themselves and their parents and complete rides of some previously unimagined distance.
Please note: Every child under 15 years of age will require parental or adult supervision to ride. The selected guardian of the child must also be a registered rider. This will be strictly enforced.
The weather will be fine for riding a bike. Don’t worry about the heat: we have ample provisions en-route (Water and Gatorade). If it does rain, you will find riding in a Bahamian shower to be a pleasant experience. The ride will happen rain or shine.
One thing we highly recommend is that all riders, volunteers and supporters wear sunscreen. The Bahamian sun is strong at all times of the day, all year long.
No worries! Most participants do not attempt to ride 100 miles. The Ride for Hope is an out-and-back course. This allows riders of all capabilities to ride a distance suitable to their ability. Gauge your strength at the turnaround tents and turn back at a sensible time. Ride a distance that makes sense for your level of fitness.
Not to worry. We take good care of you! At strategic points along the course there are Support Tents. If you choose to finish your ride at one of these, we can organize a ride back to the Staging Area for you. If you are in between Support Tents and decide not to go farther, a number of event vehicles constantly patrol the route so you will not have to wait long to be picked up. The support staff are warm and friendly and are always willing to help!