Thank you again for choosing to join us as we ride together virtually on the 2020 Dream Ride Challenge.
Starting Saturday, October 3 until Sunday, October 11, the Challenge will bring the spirit and energy of the annual California Dream Ride right to your front door. We’ll come together with our bicycling community online to inspire and motivate each other, and to share the joy of bicycling in a brand-new way. We’re so excited to have you on board!
Here are the next steps.
1. Your Dream Ride Challenge is to "ride" 300 miles in 9 days.
That might mean 33 miles each day, or 20 miles each weekday and 100 miles on the weekend, or any other combination. Where you ride, when you ride, and what you ride are all up to you. Small groups are great, if permitted by your local public health officials.
Plus, you can earn "miles" by supporting your local community, so you can reach 300 miles without riding your bike the whole way—or even without riding at all! Some of the fun ways to earn miles include teaching someone how to ride, picking up trash on a bikeway, contacting an elected official, posting to social media, and supporting your local bicycle advocacy organization. The whole list of ways to earn miles is here.
2. Log your miles.
You can use Strava to automatically record your biking miles. Once you've set up your account, join the CalBike Cycling Club and share stories of your ride. Miles from the Strava app will be added to the leaderboard by our team. Download the Strava app here.
Use this form to record your miles manually, including miles earned for community service.
3. Raise funds to support CalBike's work.
Funds raised by Dream Rider support the ground-breaking work to implement statewide policies that are necessary to save our communities with the bicycle. Next year we plan to win subsidies for e-bikes like those the state gives for e-cars. We plan to win a mandate that requires Caltrans to include bike lanes when they repave a street. We'll fight for those policies and others with a focus on making California a more equitable state.
When you register, you'll set up (or we'll set up for you) a mightycause page to help your friends support your ride. Set a fundraising goal of $1,500 or whatever amount seems right. Some riders just donate the whole amount themselves. Others get their friends to support the cause.
All riders receive a one year CalBike members and invitations to four video celebrations.
Raise at least $200 and get an awesome CalBike cycling jersey.
Raise at least $1,500, and get invitations to small group discussions with special guests, like mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher.
4. Now get out and ride!