Where Will You Join GYGIG in 2014?
There are a number of changes in store for GYGIG in 2014. It’s only February, and already its been a BIG year for us! We’ve added two new members to our team, we’ve added two new Ride locations, we’ve welcomed in both new and veteran participants, and we’ve made changes to the format of our Rides.
With these changes, GYGIG is setting its sights high for 2014. We hope to have a drastic increase in our participant base and sponsors, which in turn will have a dramatic effect on our mission. For the last decade, GYGIG has worked to create awareness for IBD and ostomies, empower those affected by digestive diseases, and provide funding to like-minded organizations providing advocacy and research for those affected by IBD and ostomy surgery. By increasing our participant levels, we can provide more funding, we can increase awareness, and we can empower even more people.
Through all of these changes, as always, we strive to make the details as clear as possible to the community. In an effort to answer some of the potential questions regarding our upcoming year, we have put together the following.
All Three Rides
For all three of GYGIG’s 2014 Rides, Friday night will be optional. Of course many of our out of town folks will want to come in on Friday, and in each location, we are working on developing a casual get together for both new and veteran participants (i.e- dinner together at a local restaurant). Unlike years past, Friday evening will be a casual, optional evening where folks can get to know each other and get a head start on the weekend, should they choose to do so.
Additionally, in each of our three locations, both one day riders and crew, and two day riders and crew will come together Saturday for a special evening with food, music, and fun– binding our community with the camaraderie and sense of community that GYGIG has always strived to provide.
Want more location specific details? Read on!
Atlanta, GA – May 3, 2014
On Saturday, we’ll have our signature GYGIG Ride, with mileage options of 30, 62.5, or 100 miles. Our Rides will begin Saturday morning with staggered start times for riders, depending on what route you choose. Arrival and start times will be sent out to you several weeks before Ride day. Likewise, crew will be given arrival times and assignments prior to the Ride.
Post Ride, we’ll have:
GYGIG Family Bike-a-Thon- For the kids and families
Children and families of all ages are invited to our Family Bike-a-Thon. Our loop will take place inside of a closed course on the Church property. This loop is suitable for young children on trikes, up to kids age 12. While there is no fundraising minimum for our Family Bike-a-Thon, we encourage you and your family to create your own fundraiser and get your family and friends involved! Click here to see GYGIG’s Bike-a-Thon Fundraising Form: 2014 bike-a-thon fundraising form
Live Music, Cornhole Toss, and Food Trucks- For the kids at heart
While our Family Ride is taking place, we will host a Cornhole Toss Tournament for the adults, have live local Bluegrass music, and local food trucks to help everyone refuel after the Ride. Join us for good food, good music, and good company!
Post-Ride Part Two
Join us for a very special evening at a Perimeter hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. After we are all showered and refueled, both one day and two day riders will join together again to enjoy evening activities, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Saturday evening’s activities, to be announced, are sure to bring both new and veteran GYGIG participants together in the community and camaraderie.
That evening, we will have discounted room rates at the same hotel that is hosting our evening activities. Rooms will also be available for Friday evening at our special discounted rate for folks who will be coming out of town. Hotel name, location, and rate will be announced 3/18/2014 on our website and via email to all registered participants.
Join us Sunday for a ride on the Silver Comet Trail! We’ll have 2 mileage options ranging from under 10 miles up to 30-40 miles. Sunday after breakfast at the hotel, we’ll join together for a casual ride along the beautiful trail as we come to the close of our weekend. Both riders and crew are welcome to join in. Read more about the Silver Comet here.
Hudson Valley, NY – June 7, 2014
This year, our New York Ride will take place June 7&8 in the Hudson Valley. Starting and ending at West Point, we’ll have options of 30, 62.5, or 100 miles on Saturday, and options of 30 or under 10 miles on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, one day and two day participants will enjoy a catered dinner and camaraderie at the Historic Thayer Hotel on West Point Campus. That evening, we will have the banquet room open to us for the whole evening, in addition to Thayer’s beautiful rooftop lounge overlooking the Hudson River where our riders and crew members can gather. For folks who will participate Sunday, we’ll be staying over at Thayer, and enjoying an exclusive ride through the West Point Military Academy, including our family friendly under-10 mile Ride on Sunday.
Our Ride will begin Saturday morning with staggered start times for riders, depending on what route you choose. Arrival and start times will be sent out to you several weeks before Ride day. Likewise, crew will be given arrival times and assignments prior to the Ride.
One evening at Thayer Hotel costs $169. Many rooms are equipped with two double beds, as well as a sleeper sofa. Reasonably, 3-5 people can stay in each room. While at first glance it seems as though this has gone above our previous price ranges, even sharing a room with one person brings your cost down dramatically. Seeing as how in years past we’ve all had shared cabin space with bunk beds, sharing a hotel room should be similar
On Sunday after our second day, we will have another special post-Ride activity planned, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Sandusky, OH – August 16, 2014
On Saturday, we will have GYGIG’s signature ride/crew experience with mileage options of 100 miles, 62.5 miles, or 30 miles. Our Ride will begin Saturday morning with staggered start times for riders, depending on what route you choose. Arrival and start times will be sent out to you several weeks before Ride day. Likewise, crew will be given arrival times and assignments prior to the Ride. Saturday evening, we will have dinner for all, stay over at a local hotel, and will also have a community area where we can gather with our fellow riders and crew members. Specific details are currently in development and will be released soon.
On Sunday, we are partnering up with Cedar Point Amusement Park! Riders will have the option of our family-friendly under 10 mile Ride, or our 30 mile Ride. Both route options will take riders on an exclusive ride through Cedar Point Amusement Park before opening. After our Ride, crew and riders will come together for brunch at Cedar Point.
Discounted Cedar Point tickets are available to crew, riders, family, and friends. These tickets are $35. These tickets are good for Sunday, August 17. However, if you’d like to use your ticket on a later day, you will only have to pay an additional $10 to utilize your ticket any day.
Help us continue to empower, continue to increase awareness, continue to provide funding, and make an even bigger impact in 2014. Register to Ride or Crew today!
Have questions or comments? Email email@example.com, or call 718-875-2123. See you this summer!