What is the route like?
The majority of each of the routes are through low-traffic, beautiful countryside of their respective locations.
Because of the length of the rides and the terrain, you will need to train to complete this event if you wish to participate in our 62 or 100 mile Ride. GYGIG offers a training guide and can recommend an online coach who is experienced with all abilities of riders.
Additionally, the route is fully supported by sweep vans, and rest stops are located every 12-17 miles (usually 12-15 miles), breaking it up into manageable legs, and you can always hop in a sweep van if your body needs a break from riding.
As a general note, the New York Ride takes place in the Hudson Valley and is inherently more hilly than our Midwest Ohio Ride. However, neither Ride has insurmountable hills. For more route-specific information, call us at (718)-875-2123.
I am a novice and have not ridden a bike since I was a little kid. Can I do this?
Yes! With proper training and a properly fitted and tuned-up bicycle, you can complete the Ride. In fact, many of our participants include people who have never completed an event like this before. If you provide the training and commitment, we will support you all the way to the closing ceremony.
New riders are able to train for and complete the event with a bit of preparation. When you register, you’ll receive a training guide prepared specifically for GYGIG by a USA Cycling licensed expert coach. Our staff and volunteers will also keep in touch with you about your training.
On the days of the Ride, we know things happen, such as GI issues, we make sure to and support riders with sweep vans throughout the entire route. Volunteer crew members will be available, should you need to get in a sweep van, and the community will be supportive of your efforts.
New riders are some of the proudest participants when they finish a ride they weren’t sure they could
Additionally, we have a 30 mile and 10 mile Ride– There’s something for the whole family!
What if I can’t keep up?
This is not a race! We understand that there will be a range in people’s cycling abilities. There will always be an event vehicle at the back of the group to ensure that you are not left behind. Also, we encourage faster cyclists to take their time and enjoy the company of their fellow cyclists.
*Please be aware: This is a ride, not a race! However, in order to complete our century Ride, century riders must average at least 14mph.*
What kind of bicycle do I need?
Although a road bike will be the best choice for this type of riding, any quality bike will do! A properly fit bike, good tires, and appropriate gear will help your bike carry you for two days. Before undertaking any type of training on a new (or new-to-you) bicycle, make sure that it has been serviced by a reputable bicycle mechanic. Follow this link to read about buying your first bicycle for an endurance event.
Will the roads be closed?
No. While we make every effort to map a route that minimizes traffic, we will be sharing the road with other vehicles.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes! Safety is our #1 priority. All riders must wear a properly fitted cycling helmet at all times while on their bicycles. Helmets sold at reputable bicycle shops are approved to meet safety standards
Am I on my own when on the road?
Not at all—we’re with you all along the route. Rest stops are placed every 12 to 17 miles along the route and provide water, sports drinks, snacks, and toilets. Sweep vans drive along the route to support cyclists in between rest stops. You will also be provided breakfast before leaving base camp in the morning, and you’ll have food and fun waiting for you when you return.
What sort of lodging does the Ride provide?
In each location, discounted overnight hotel accommodations will be available if you will be spending the full weekend with us. Hotel information will be sent to all riders and volunteers at the time of registration.
I’m riding and need to drive to the event. Can I leave my car for the weekend?
Yes! There will be a designated parking area at our start/stop location. Because our routes will be a series of loops, you’ll end up back at your car.
How do I get to the start? What about my bike?
Riders and crew must make their own transportation arrangements to get the check-in and opening sites, and from the closing site. We will provide a pre-event planner upon registration with details, and provide you with further details as we move closer to the Ride.
If you are unable to travel with your bike, GYGIG will also pre-arrange bike shipping services at the most reasonable fee that we can negotiate.
I’m volunteering; can I drive my own car?
Yes! Depending on your volunteer assignment, you may be asked if you would like to use your car on-event. For those assignments that will not require a vehicle, you will park at the designated location.
I want to follow a rider along the route in my car. Can I get route maps?
We have always asked that family and friends not follow along the route behind a rider, as this adds another element of traffic to the route, and makes it more difficult for us to support the riders. The best way to experience this Ride with your family and friends who are riding is to join the volunteer crew. Our volunteers keep coming back because they find their Ride experience every bit as empowering as the riders do.
If you don’t want to crew, we will let you know the location of particular cheering spots each day, or you can volunteer as a day volunteer at a rest stop. We choose these locations based on the availability of parking and the overall safety of the riders.
How Can I Donate?
Donations should be made payable to Get Your Guts in Gear, Inc. and mailed to us at 1000 N. Division St., Suite 10-8, Peekskill, NY 10566, or you can donate online above (click the “Donate” tab).