A Ride Like No Other
A Unique Version of Our New England Charity Ride
Bike to the Beach is grounded in challenging individuals to stretch past their comfort zones and into new capabilities, in sharing advocacy and educational tools, and in engaging the whole community. This year our methods have taken different forms, but our community has consistently responded to the challenges and has been present for each other in times of need. In the spring, we offered a 3-week cycling challenge to keep individuals active and to support our non-profit partners as they adjusted their programs in the wake of the evolving pandemic. In July we obtained the necessary approvals and were able to host our first socially distanced charity ride from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD to Delaware, and raised over $470,000 to support local organizations. And, as we look ahead to the fall, we will continue to craft our offerings around participant safety, partner needs, and the will of our community.
The year has been challenging, but it has also given our organization the opportunity to grow into new capabilities, new advocacy opportunities, and a broader spectrum of ways to interact with our community.
We have asked for your flexibility, and are grateful for your patience, as we have worked to create a meaningful experience for our New England community. With our success in Washington, DC and Maryland, we are more capable than ever to host our traditional event. However, the State of Massachusetts has not approved our request to host the section of our ride from Boston to Woonsocket, RI. Nevertheless, we are continuing to work with Rhode Island government entities to obtain the necessary permits to host our charity ride through their state. Although we have not crossed the finish-line with them yet, we are confident that we will be approved to host a scaled-down, socially distanced cycling event that will be fun, safe, and impactful.
This year’s ride will be different due to safety measures and government safety requirements, but we still need you to come out to support our cause and our local partners. For our 2020 event we will be offering a very flexible, personalized 100-mile challenge, culminating in a finish-line picnic in Newport, RI on Saturday, September 5. We will offer the following ride options leading up to the culminating picnic event on September 5:
(1) The Traditional “Ride Rhode Island” Ride (Metric Century): Our 63 mile ride starts in Woonsocket, RI and follows the Blackstone River Path and East Bay Bike Path to Newport, RI. This ride starts at the northernmost point of the state, takes you along amazing bike trails with beautiful water views, and ends in Newport, RI.
(2) 1-Week Virtual Ride Experience: 7-days of virtual advocacy challenges, plus group or solo cycling sessions to reach your mileage goal. You can ride your miles all on your own or in group rides, which you organize with your community or our metric century. Find routes and connect with others in our STRAVA group and share your miles with others who are passionate about advocating for our cause.
(3) You can log your 100 miles in any combination you like— all on September 5, spread out throughout the week, on a trainer, on the open road, on solo rides or with a group of friends. Maybe you’ll complete the first 37 miles during the week (or on your way to Woonsocket on September, 5th), then finish your goal with us from Woonsocket to Newport. The choice is yours.
What will be different in 2020:
- Personalized combination of virtual and in-person event to reach 100-mile goal
- 1-Week Ride Experience with advocacy tasks and mileage tracking
- No stand alone rest stops, port-a-potties, or route marking along RI route: support will be provided “tailgate” style out of vehicles and bathrooms will be available at local restaurants and gas stations
- Varying state-to-state travel restrictions (please research how these restrictions pertain to your plans and to adhere to the government required expectations)
What will be the same in 2020:
- Friends new and old sharing an adventure
- Rising to a challenge
- Making an incredible impact for the autism and disabilities community
This week, all current riders will be entered into our 1-Week Advocacy Challenge so that you can explore this offering prior to September 5 and decide how you plan to ride your 100 miles. We will follow up later this week with many more details. We are excited to share the cause with you, share this new event with you, and (if you are comfortable) share a few miles of the road with you.
Whether you do your miles before September 5th, on your own, with a group of friends, on a Peloton or a road bike, we would love to see you for a socially distanced, celebratory picnic at Sail Newport. Please join us as we celebrate the culmination of our 2020 Fundraising Campaign to support our local partners [Link to partner page].