Who can participate? Do I need a racing license or anything like that?
Anyone can participate. You do not need any license. All you need is a bike and to sign up.
What “category” should I choose?
If you are a licensed racer, then you can pick based on your racing license category. If you are not a racer, then pick a category based on your fitness level.
If you are under 23 years of age, then the youth/U23 category will make sense unless you are a Cat 1/2 racer and want to go up against the fittest riders in the event.
The 4/5/Beginner category will be appropriate for most casual or fitness riders. For example, someone that is newer to the sport, who rides 3 times a week, and doesn’t specifically focus on doing insane workouts.
The 3/4/Expert category will be good for very fit recreational cyclists and fitness riders, or if you are very fit but focus on another sport like running or triathlon. For example, someone who rides 4-5 days per week, does hard workouts, and often averages 14-15 mph or more on their rides.
How do I participate?
Sign up through this GoFundMe and go ride the route around the 3 Bears Loop and up Wildcat Canyon, and post your ride on Strava. If your main interest is participating and contributing to the causes, then that will be enough. If you want to be competitive, then go hard on the 7 Strava segments that will be added to make each participant’s timed result.
Strava segments 1-7:
How can I contribute?
Sign up, donate, start a campaign of your own to reach out to your network and raise more money for these causes.
When will the results be posted?
Depending on how many participants there are, give us at least a few days to sort the results. The’ll be posted on the GoFundMe, and emailed out.
Do I have to be on Strava?
Yes, you have to have a Strava account already or create one. Even if you only do one single ride just for this event that will work. You could use a GPS computer or simply use your phone with the Strava app to do this.
Do I have to ride the course multiple times?
No, you can ride the course only once to be in the results. Or, you can ride it multiple times. If you do, please title your ride "BBC VBHRR" so that it is clear which ride you want to show up in the results.
How will you calculate “Most Improved”?
We will look at who posted the most improvement from round 1 to round 2 of the event.
Can I keep my rides private on Strava?
Yes, but you must let Nate English follow you to get your results. Or, the easiest would be for your rides to be public at least during the event, to make it simpler for Nate to find results without seeking them out. Strava does have a security feature where you can pick a point on a map near your home and Strava will block tracking of your rides near that point. This feature is customizable.
Can I participate if I don’t live in the East Bay?
If you can safely and legally ride the course, you can participate. It is open to anyone.
What equipment can I use? E bikes?
Road bikes will be the best for this event, but mountain bikes and hybrids are permitted. Time-trial bikes and e-bikes are not permitted. If you only have an e-bike, you can ride that bike if you do not use electric assistance. Take the battery out so that the bike is lighter. Or, you could consider renting or borrowing a regular bike.