IN LIGHT OF COVID-19, HOW ARE PLANS FOR PEDAL TO RESETTLE 2020 PROCEEDING?
We are still planning to host Pedal to Resettle 2020 but will be closely monitoring state and country regulations. We will be in regular communication with riders, volunteers, and participants as things develop. Adjustments to lodging, routes, and gatherings will be communicated as they are decided upon. More info
WHO IS WORLD RELIEF SACRAMENTO?
World Relief Sacramento is a U.S. field office of World Relief (WR), a faith-based nonprofit organization that stands with the vulnerable and partners with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transform lives and build sustainable communities. In the U.S., we operate through 15 offices, including in Sacramento. For nearly 40 years, we have been working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, along with our our extensive network of local church partners, to welcome and resettle thousands of refugees referred by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to the U.S. each year. World Relief Sacramento is currently one of the largest resettlement agency offices in the country, and resettled approximately 1,000 refugees in 2019.
IS THIS A RIDE OR A RACE? WHO IS AN IDEAL RIDER?
Pedal to Resettle is a non-competitive, recreational, fundraising bicycle tour. We expect to ride in groups and meet at rest stops and at overnight stops. Half the fun is getting to know fellow riders over breakfast in the morning, encouraging each other up the hills, and stretching sore muscles at night. While it represents a challenging route, it is doable for casual, recreational riders who have some basic conditioning and are willing to put in significant training in advance.
How many riders can participate?
Registration is capped at 50 riders.
CAN MY significant other, friend, or pet ride along?
We do not have additional vehicle space for non-riders and lodging/food will not be available for them. However, the specifics of the route and rest stops will be made available to riders and we will not discourage any loved ones from meeting up to cheer them on. Additionally, we use volunteers for vehicle support, bike maintenance, and rest stops. Those interested in volunteering can check out opportunities here.
WHERE WILL WE BE STAYING? CAN I HAVE A SHOWER EVERY DAY?
Accommodation is TBD.
WHAT WILL THE FOOD BE LIKE?
All snacks and meals are included and will be prepared by volunteers at rest stops, or provided by the accommodation site. We'll ensure that each meal is healthy, calorie-rich, and electrolyte-boosting, so we're all performing our best! Please let us know when you register if you have any dietary restrictions.
HOW DO I GET HOME?
On Friday morning, September 25th riders will meet in Sacramento to be shuttled to the start. Rider and bike transportation will be provided back to Sacramento on Sunday, September 27th.
WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
Riders need to bring their own helmet and bike (preferably a well-maintained road bike) equipped with road lights and water bottles. Most roadside maintenance equipment and tools will be provided as needed, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own basic repair items if you have them. If you anticipate needing very specific parts or if your bike has unusual features or needs, please pack accordingly. Support vehicles will carry rider baggage and food. A sample packing list can be found here.
ARE HELMETS REQUIRED?
WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE COVER?
Registration does not cover all of the expenses of the ride, and a portion of what you fundraise will cover the balance, which is approximately $300. The registration covers meals and snacks, lodging, support vehicles, roadside bike maintenance/repair, transportation back to Sacramento, a PTR jersey and t-shirt. You can start fundraising as soon as the registration deposit is received by World Relief Sacramento. Your registration fee is non-refundable.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUNDS I RAISE?
We hope you will be excited to share this journey with your friends and family. By participating, the funds you raise will support refugee job-seekers through housing, transportation, English-language classes, job-skills training, interview and resumé preparation, and much more! Once we have your registration information and deposit, we'll send you materials that will be helpful as you ask people to partner with you in this adventure. Donations are fully tax-deductible and will be a one-time amount and not per-mile. Keep in mind that some employers match gifts, so encourage your friends and family to check with their HR department to multiply their impact!
How can my friends and family donate?
Once you register to ride or volunteer, you can create a personalized fundraising web page that's easy to share by email and social media. Individuals can also send donations to World Relief Sacramento directly by check in your name.
WHAT IF I can't finish?
We are going to take care of our bodies and bikes as best we can, but if you are unable to finish the event--in whole or in part--you will be welcome to ride along in the support vehicle. The registration fee and funds raised will not be refunded.
can i transfer my registration?
Registrations may be transferred to another individual, but the individual must still be able to fundraise the required amount to participate in the ride.
what is a Resilience Rider?
Virtual Riders are people who are passionate about the cause of supporting refugee families but can't participate in Pedal to Resettle in person. They can register for free for a special fundraising page, are invited to training, events, the kick-off and finish line parties, and have a $250 goal that, if met, nets them a PTR team jersey and other great swag. Check out our special page on Virtual Riders here.
What is the route like?
The route is primarily on low-traffic country roads with wide shoulders, all through some of the most staggeringly beautiful scenery Northern California has to offer. Northern California is hilly, and riders should be prepared for some significant elevation gain over the course of the ride.