New Rider

Is this your first time riding in the Bike to Beat Cancer? We are excited to have you join us for this one-day cycling event!

The Bike to Beat Cancer team is here to ensure you have a wonderful experience, whether you are riding 35, 65 or 100 miles or in the 5-mile Family Ride. We would like to provide you with some tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Bike to Beat Cancer.

Fundraising
When you sign up to participate in the Bike to Beat Cancer, you commit to helping make a difference for the thousands of people in the community touched by cancer each year. This means raising funds that will help with prevention and early detection initiatives, survivorship and clinical research at Norton Cancer Institute.

Riders commit to raising at least $400, while survivors who are riding commit to raising at least $100. Riders participating in the Family Ride are encouraged but not required to fundraise. Those who raise $1,000 or more become a Champion, receiving a special jersey and wristband to wear the day of the ride. In 2016, more than 75 people raised enough to become Champions.


Training

Before you begin any training, talk with your physician about your new exercise routine.

We recommend you join our Bike to Beat Cancer training program, especially if you are riding 35, 65 or 100 miles. Training will help you prepare for the big event!

Download our Bike to Beat Cancer Training Guide and find the Bike to Beat Cancer Training Schedule here.

The Bike to Beat Cancer route will be posted about one month before the event.  However, we recommend you do not try to ride the route before the event, as you will not have the safety team and support that will be provided on the day of the event.

Equipment and attire

What kind of bike should I have to ride in the Bike to Beat Cancer?
We recommend a road, mountain or hybrid bike because of the gear selections and ease of operation over variable distances.   

You can purchase this kind of bike at any of our local bike shop partners, where you will receive a 15% discount for your participation in the Bike to Beat Cancer: Clarksville Schwinn, Main Street Bikes, Middletown Cycling & Fitness, On Your Left Cycles, Parkside Bicycles, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and VO2 Multisport.

What do I need to wear for training and for the event?

Helmet

Without question, a helmet is the most important thing you need to wear while on a bicycle. Make sure your helmet fits, is properly adjusted and does not restrict your vision or breathing. You are required to wear a helmet to participate in the Bike to Beat Cancer.

Shorts

Cycling shorts are probably the best tool you can have to avoid a sore and uncomfortable rear end. Special padding wicks away moisture and puts the proper amount of cushioning in the right place. Cycling shorts are available in form-fitting and baggy versions.

Cycling jersey

Wearing a long- or short-sleeved cycling jersey is always a good idea. A cycling jersey will have pockets in the back where you can store your cellphone, identification and snacks. You will be provided with a Bike to Beat Cancer jersey if you are riding 35, 65 or 100 miles. Our Family Riders will receive a Family Ride T-shirt.

Shoes

Before purchasing shoes, first decide your comfort level with bicycle pedal options. Are you are ready for a clip-in style pedal or do you prefer a flat platform pedal? If you are new to cycling, you may want to stay with a platform pedal so you can set your foot down easier, maintain control and get used to riding your bicycle. Once you have a basic mastery of your bike, you can upgrade to a clip-in style pedal-and-shoe combo. Clip-in style pedals and shoes offer a huge advantage over standard platform pedals: They allow you to maximize your pedal stroke because you are pulling up as well pushing down on the pedals. This combined motion transfers more power and efficiency to the bike’s rear wheel. 

Day of the event

When will I receive my Bike to Beat Cancer jersey or Family Ride T-shirt?
You may pick up your event packet and jersey or T-shirt the evening before the Bike to Beat Cancer or the morning of the event. 

What do I need to bring on the day of the Bike to Beat Cancer
?
On event day, bring your bike, a form of identification to carry on you as you ride, any special snacks that you prefer and a water bottle that you can refill along your ride.

What food and drink will be provided for me?

The Bike to Beat Cancer will provide all of your meals, snacks and drinks. You can enjoy breakfast from Chick-fil-A before you start your ride. If you are riding 65 or 100 miles, lunch will be provided for you along the route. Everyone in attendance is invited to enjoy the Finish Line Meal.

Snacks and drinks will be provided at Pit Stops along the route. Typical snacks include pretzels, fruit (such as bananas and apples), trail mix and granola bars. Drinks include water and power drinks.

What time should I arrive?

Arrive at 6:30 a.m. to pick up your packet and jersey or T-shirt if you did not do so the evening before the event. Breakfast will be available beginning at 6:30 a.m. The opening ceremony for the 35-, 65- and 100-mile riders will begin at 8 a.m. The Family Ride opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. We recommend you allow at least 45 minutes to arrive, park, enjoy breakfast and stretch before the ride.
Please check out our schedule of events to learn more about the day of the event.

Where should I park?

Parking is available in surface lots around the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus. See the parking map for exact locations.

My family and friends want to cheer for me. Where can they go along the route?

We love to have your family and friends join us to help cheer you on! They are welcome to cheer at our Start/Finish Line located at Norton Children’s Medical Center. They may also go to our official Cheer Stations along the route.

Should I have someone follow me along the route to ensure my safety?

The Bike to Beat Cancer goes through every measure to ensure you feel safe and secure on your ride. Our safety and sweep teams will go with riders along the route. These teams are in place to assist riders along the route and to transport riders who are unable to finish the route and need to return to Norton Children’s Medical Center.

Help! I still have questions!

Do you have more questions about riding in the Bike to Beat Cancer?
The Bike to Beat Cancer team is here to help answer any questions you might have about riding in the event. Feel free to call us at (502) 629-8060 or email us at guide@biketobeatcancer.org.

Are you interested in having a bike mentor?

If you would like someone to help show you the ropes, our mentor program may be just the thing! Mentors will give you training guidance and motivation to get you through your first ride. For more information, contact Dan Delph at (502) 807-0158 or daniel.delph@nortonhealthcare.org.

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