FAQ.

Funding & Donations

Is the Ride a 501(c) 3 non profit?

Yes

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes.

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes

How does funding for Ride4Diabetes differ from other diabetes events?

Ride4Diabetes supports the diabetes programs of both the American Diabetes Association and Lions Clubs International. Each organization helps in different and complimentary ways that make the fight better together and more far-reaching. Lions Clubs International fights diabetes on an international scale as well as providing help to those in need within the Bay Area. Pledges to Ride4Diabetes supports critical free public diabetes screenings in our area to reach the nearly 1 in 3 undiagnosed diabetics and 9 in 10 pre-diabetics at risk in our communities. The complications of diabetes are particularly onerous for individuals living with the disease unknowingly and, therefore, unmanaged. Ride4Diabetes additionally supports local programs to prevent blindness and restore eyesight as more than half of diabetic adults develop vision problems, with diabetes being the primary cause of adult blindness. These programs greatly help the under-served in our community.

Can I donate to a specific Ride participant?

Yes, click ‘Register’ and select ‘Individual’. Select ‘Donate’ from the options and enter the amount you would like to donate. During the checkout process, you will be prompted to assign the donation to the (i) event, (ii) a rider or (iii) a team. For donating to a rider, please enter the first, last name and email ID of the rider. For donating to a team, enter the name of the team you wish to donate. If you have questions or need help, please send an email to info@ride4diabetes.org

How do I donate via check?

Donation / pledge checks should be made to Ride4Diabetes and mailed to:  
Ride4Diabetes
P.O. Box 2758
Cupertino, CA 95015-2758
Alternatively, checks can be submitted to Registration desk on event day. If you’re donating on behalf of an individual rider (pledge) or team, please indicate the name on the check for line for proper crediting.

What will the money raised be used for?

Funds raised by Ride4Diabetes benefit the significant diabetes programs and shared missions of Lions Clubs International and the American Diabetes Association to prevent, cure and treat diabetes, improve the lives of people affected by diabetes and diabetes related diseases.

Do teams raise collectively or as individuals?

Teams can set a collective goal, but it is up to the individuals to fundraise in their own name, which then is added to the team goal.

Do you accept matching gifts?

We do accept matching gifts.

Can I fundraise as a volunteer?

Absolutely. Sign up as a volunteer first. Then use the ‘Register’ link to select ‘Donate’ and enter the amount you’ve raised. Proceed to checkout and make the payment. You can also make a check for the funds raised to Ride4Diabetes. Checks can be mailed to: Ride4Diabetes, P.O., Box 2758, Cupertino, CA 95015-2758.

Registration

How do I start a team?

  • Please click Register and select ‘Team’
  • If you would like to create a new team, click ‘Create Team’. Enter the team name and create a unique password. Click CREATE TEAM.
  • Your new team is created. Please remember to click the register and register yourself.
  • As a team captain, you can manage your team, invite members to join your team and register members on their behalf. Please keep the password in a secured location as you will need it to access your team page.
  • You may be prompted to sign up for Eventbrite and login before creating a team.

What are the fundraising commitments?

Ride4Diabetes has a minimum pledge of $200 adults, $50 children 14 years and younger.

Can team members ride different routes?

Of course! Teams are created to reach a fundraising goal and do not have to ride together.

Is there a deadline to meet my fundraising goal?

Riders must meet minimum donation requirements to participate and may present final payment on event day at registration.

I signed up as an individual, but now want to join a team. What do I do?

Please click the link provided in your registration confirmation email to access and modify your registration and to join a team.

How old do family participants have to be?

Individuals 18 and older can ride any route. With a signed waiver by a parent or guardian we allow 16 years and older along 90 K and 60 K routes . Our 5 K and 18 K routes are designed for people of all ages.  All participants must have a signed waiver.  

Ride FAQ

What are the routes?

Bike ride routes are 90K, 60K, 18K and 5K. A 7k walk route is also available. Please click ‘ROUTE INFORMATION‘ under RIDE INFO to view the details, maps and elevation gains.

Will the ride take place rain or shine?

Yes. Please dress appropriately.

What time should participants arrive for the ride?

We suggest being present at least 30 minutes prior to your ride start time.

What do I need to know about rider safety and rules of the road?

All rules of the road apply to bikes. Helmets must be worn by all participants. Roads will not be closed off, please obey all traffic laws.

What time does each route start?

The 90K route starts at 7 a.m. The 60K route starts at 8:00 a.m.. The 18K and the 5K routes start at 10:00 a.m.

How often are rest stops along the route?

A rest stop with food, water, first aid, mechanical support and restrooms will between every 12 to 15 miles

What products are available at rest stops?

We will have ice cold water, electrolyte drinks, granola bars, fruit.

Can I ride with a bicycle trailer or handlebar bicycle seat with my pet or child?

Bicycle trailers are permitted on the 5K and 18K routes. The parent or guardian accepts full responsibility for child or pet in the trailer bicycle seat.

How can kids get involved in The Ride?

We have a 5K family fun ride. Kids have the opportunity to decorate their bikes, make signs, volunteer with a parent or guardian as well. Kids may also participate on our 18K route when accompanied by participating parent or guardian.

Can children ride in trailers?

5K and 18K routes only

What happens if I have mechanical trouble?

SAG vehicles will be on the course, there is a mechanical tent at each rest stop and at the starting point.

Are there bike mechanics at rest stops?

Yes, each rest stop has mechanics. There will be mechanical support along the route as well, should you need help while riding.

What happens if I am unable to finish THE RIDE once I’ve started?

Our Route support vehicles will be there to escort you back to the starting point.

How old do family participants need to be?

18 and older for any route. With parent or guardian supervision, we allow 16 years and older along 90 K and 60 K routes . Our 5 K and 18 K routes are designed for people of all ages. All participants must have signed waivers.

Are the streets leading to the Stevens Creek Trail and McClellan Ranch Walk routes safe for children on bicycles?

Yes. These streets have both bike lanes and sidewalks. Additionally route volunteers will assist in street crossings.

Volunteering

What volunteer opportunities are there?

We’re glad you asked! We need volunteers to make this event a success.  We need  volunteers for various tasks such as registration, start line and finish line marshals, course marshals, first aid and medical volunteers, rest stop attendants, expo set up and tear down crews, recycling concierge, info booth attendant, merchandise sales, bike corral volunteers, parking and security.

Please click VOLUNTEER and sign up.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers high school age and above can volunteer.  Volunteers will be assigned appropriate duties depending on their age and abilities. Children under the age of 14 do need adult supervision. All volunteers must have signed waivers.

When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer job, date, time and location?

You would receive an email confirming your registration as volunteer.

What should I wear for my volunteer position?

The Ride4Diabetes event will provide you with a t-shirt to wear for the event that is yours to keep. When you sign up as a volunteer select the t-shirt size you require.  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are appropriate for the day’s weather.

Can a volunteer be on a team, as a fundraiser?

Yes! Please click ‘Register’ and select ‘Team’ to join a team. Proceed with the registration as a ‘Volunteer’. Once you are ready, please use ‘Donate’ option to remit the funds. You can also donate via check. Please make checks out to the Ride4Diabetes. Checks can be mailed to: Ride4Diabetes, P.O., Box 2758, Cupertino, CA 95015-2758.

Can I fundraise as volunteer?

Absolutely. Sign up as a volunteer first. Please click ‘Donate’ to remit the funds raised. You can also remit via check. Please make checks out to the Ride4Diabetes. Checks can be mailed to: Ride4Diabetes, P.O., Box 2758, Cupertino, CA 95015-2758.