New England Ride Plan and Options
A Virtual Experience or Hybrid Experience: Make Your Choice
We are excited about our upcoming ride week and September 5, and to keep our traditions alive by rising to a challenge, advocating for the autism and disabilities community, and supporting each other as a community. This year will be a ride like no other and our logistical plans are adapting as quickly as the world around us.
The 2020 Bike to the Beach model is built to respect all local ordinances and regulations while providing a robust and shared experience for our riders. Our model for New England will mirror what many students are experiencing this fall, as they return to the educational setting: virtual, pod, and hybrid riding options.
All riders will participate a 7-day campaign with daily advocacy tasks (including emails, social media posts, etc.) and where each rider will ride to hit their 100, 63- or 25-mile riding goal. For riders who do not feel comfortable riding in a group, they can complete the ride portion of their goal completely on their own or in “riding pods” with family, their friends, or small group of other Bike to the Beach riders. For those are looking for a group ride experience, we will host a 63-mile ride to Newport on September 5.
We are committed to making each offering as accessible as possible. Both models will enable us to share a riding experience (either in a virtual community or in person) while ensuring safety and alignment with local regulations. The ride will have two components, (1) an Advocacy Challenge and (2) a Riding Challenge.
Here are the details that you need to know:
(1) The Advocacy Challenge: all riders (both Virtual and Hybrid) are automatically enrolled in our Advocacy Challenge: a week long riding and advocacy experience. You will receive daily advocacy challenges and advocacy points for completion, which can be applied toward your fundraising goal. Completing the advocacy challenges through your rider portal will track and display your hard work on our leaderboards. Finally, all fundraising dollars will be tracked and our community leaders will be celebrated. Compete and share in all three goals: miles, advocacy and fundraising.
(2) The Riding Challenge: Pick your 7-day milage goal (100, 63 or 25 miles), synch your STRAVA account to your fundraising portal and chose how you want to reach your goal:
- Virtual Experience: The Virtual Experience is designed for you to reach your mileage goals without taking part in an in-person or group gathering event. Your miles can be logged on a trainer or on the open road, on solo rides or group rides organized with friends. You can also start or join a “riding pod” (see more, below). Miles must be tracked through Strava, which, once synced, will display on our fundraising website.
- Hybrid Experience: The Hybrid Experience is designed for you to reach your mileage goals through the combination of an in-person event and individualized effort. On September 5, we will be hosting part of our historic ride to keep the B2B tradition alive. While it won’t be a traditional “event,” we can still share 63 miles together. The ride will follow our Metric Century Route, leaving Woonsocket, RI and finishing in Newport, RI.
While event restrictions limit our ability to host stand-alone rest stops, we will have suggested stops for restrooms, coffee, snacks, and sandwiches. We will provide a support vehicle to handle flat tires, water refills, and small snacks, and a medic vehicle for any issues that may arise. In Woonsocket we will perform health screenings and temperature scans for everyone in the group, ride out under the famed Bike to the Beach arch and head down the trail.
Bike Newport will lead our first group through the B2B arch at 8:30 a.m., riding at a 10-15-mile pace. Ben and I will lead our second group at 10:00 a.m. for riders looking for a little faster pace. RITBA has granted permission to ride over the Mt. Hope Bridge in designated groups, and we will finish in Newport at Ft. Adams with a harbor side picnic. At the picnic we are happy to provide Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, snacks, water, and restrooms. Feel free to bring yard games or any additional items to help enjoy the day with your Bike to the Beach friends. While it won’t be our traditional, extensively supported ride, we are excited to share the ride with our community and to keep the tradition going, even in these strange of times.
The Hybrid Experience only guarantees 63 miles throughout the Woonsocket route. If your mileage goal is 100 miles, the remaining 37 may be completed before we leave Woonsocket. Your miles can be logged on solo rides or group rides organized with friends (make sure to read below about pod rides). Miles must be tracked through Strava, which will then display on our website’s leaderboards.
If you would like to take part in the Hybrid Experience and in-person ride through Rhode Island, we need you to make that selection below. Due to restrictions throughout the route and on the Mt. Hope Bridge, we may have to limit the number of riders in the Hybrid Experience.
(3) You can hit all or part of your miles in a riding pod: Just as many parents of school-aged children are choosing to form “pods” for virtual education, B2B riders have started forming their own riding pods to tackle their 100-mile,63-mile or 25 mile goals. You can communicate with other riders via Strava and Facebook and join up for “pod rides” any time during ride week. Riders choosing either the Virtual Experience or the Hybrid Experience may choose to join pod rides.
Hybrid riders can even join rider-lead pods on the morning of September 5 to mirror our standard event. Riders will be leaving from various spots around Boston, completing the first 40 miles independently before joining up with our larger group ride in Woonsocket. Whether you choose to join a pod either throughout ride week or just on ride day, together you can knock out some miles and get a shared experience.
(4) Existing Covid-19 Restrictions and Regulations: We understand that local guidelines and regulations are fluid and continue to change. Bike to the Beach is doing our best to provide offerings enabling everyone to live within those regulations. Please be mindful of how those regulations impact your life and make informed decisions about your riding selection: virtual or hybrid.
We are excited to continue to make an impact for the autism and disabilities community. We are excited to continue to grow our community through diverse offerings in a year that has required creativity from us all. We are excited to share the road with you in ways that are typically not possible when hosting a full-scale event. Thank you for being a part of, and riding for, our community.
LET US KNOW YOUR RIDING PLAN
Make Your Selection Below: