ABOUT CYCLE OF HOPE


Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 25, 2020
With routes starting from Silicon Valley and East Bay or your own neighborhood!

We’re bringing the ride to you


This year we’re shifting gears to bring the ride to you! Through Cycle of Hope: Ride from Home, our community will gather in spirit, cycling our curated routes at your own leisure, and enjoying the perks of the event from the comfort of your own home.

So, how does Ride from Home work?

Step 1 – Choose Your Distance

Choose from custom courses for all skill levels in both the Silicon Valley and East Bay, or meet a mileage goal by designing your own course and riding from anywhere.

Step 2 – Register & Share

Once chosen your course, it’s time to register! Sign up to ride solo or as a team at a safe distance. Then, invite friends and family to ride with you or join your team to get exclusive referral perks. As you register, tell us how you’ll meet your goal:

  • Using one of our official curated routes in Silicon Valley or the East Bay
  • Or designing your own course!
Step 3 – Fundraise

Claim your fundraising page and unlock access to a personal fundraising coach! While fundraising is not required, it’s easier than you think. And, you can start earning incentives when you’ve raised just $100, so it’s a snap to rack up extra perks while you support a great cause.

Step 4 – Get Your Swag

With both curbside packet pick-up and mail-to-you options, getting your premium swag bag  is safe and easy.

Step 5 – Pick a Day & Ride!

Pick a day to ride your course anytime between Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 25.

5 Distances, Many locations


Cycle of Hope: Ride from Home offers a premier cycling experience to help every level of athlete reach their goals! – and, now, every locale!

11 Mile Club: Silicon Valley | East Bay | Anywhere
This is our “starter” challenge, for those riders looking for a light challenge and a gorgeous ride. Sign up for one of our Cycle of Hope curated routes below, or ride from anywhere and design your own 11-mile ride!
Preview our selection of curated routes:

32 Mile Club: Silicon Valley | East Bay | Anywhere
This club is the perfect challenge for intermediate cyclists ready for a satisfying challenge, some tough inclines, and a moderate distance. Sign up for one of our Cycle of Hope curated routes below, or ride from anywhere and design your own 32-mile ride!
Preview our selection of curated routes:

Metric Century Club: Silicon Valley | East Bay | Anywhere
This club is perfect for skilled riders looking for a bigger challenge! Bigger challenge means bigger climbs! Sign up for one of our Cycle of Hope curated route below, or ride from anywhere and design your own 62-mile ride!
Preview our selection of curated routes:

Century Club: Silicon Valley | East Bay | Anywhere
This club is perfect for cyclists taking on the ultimate challenge of riding 100 miles for Habitat! Sign up for one of our Cycle of Hope curated route below, or ride from anywhere and design your own 100-mile ride!
Preview our selection of curated routes:

Kids’ Club: Design Your Own
For cyclists 10 and younger, this is the perfect way to be a part of the action and go the distance for Habitat! Our young athletes can choose their distance and ride from anywhere – and we’d love to see “finish line” photos with medals held proudly! Just post photos with the hashtag #CycleOfHope.

SCHEDULE & Packet Pick-up information


From the moment you register to the day you ride, you become a part of our community – virtually – and get to meet fellow Ride from Home cyclists, access tips and tricks to help you prepare, and learn about the difference your ride is making for your community.

Then, the official ride window is from Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 25. Ride toward your goal any time during that period! You’ll receive access to our Ride Kickoff Event to watch before taking off, then boot up RaceJoy and get on the road!

Also, be sure to tune in for a finish line celebration Saturday, October 24th to hear stories of your impact, celebrate our ride’s leaderboard, and honor your hard work and all you’ve accomplished to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission.
Packet Pick- Up Information

Prior to our official ride window, participants can either pick up their packet and swag bag from curbside locations in both the South Bay and East Bay or select the “mail-to-you” option when you register to have your packet and swag bag sent directly to you!

Stay tuned for more location and date information!

2020 pRICING

While we may not be able to gather at the start line of a live event, the Cycle of Hope: Ride from Home still offers riders a great experience – and supports a great cause.
Reduced registration fees, comparable to our early bird pricing, cover the cost of planning a premium event, includes a loaded swag bag with perks like a  finisher’s medal, t-shirt, and gifts from our sponsors, and access to our official ride app – RaceJoy – for turn-by-turn directions on all curated routes, virtual cheer squads, progress tracking, and official ride results. Plus, your registration benefits Habitat for Humanity’s work in the Bay Area, so the bigger your distance goal means the bigger the impact you build with Habitat!

Now, introducing the Patelco Credit Union 3Peat discount!  To honor Patelco Credit Union, our Presenting Sponsor for the third year running – we’re offering a 30% discount on all distances. Use promo code PATELCO3PEAT at registration to save!

Event Early Bird Pricing Feb 20 -March 9 @12pm March 9 – June 1 @12pm
June 1- Oct. 25 @12pm
Sept 1 – Sept 30 @12pm Oct 1 – Oct 25
@12pm
Kid’s Course $10 $15
$15
$20 $25
11-Mile Club $40 $55
$55
$65 $75
32-Mile Club $55 $65
$65
$85 $115
Metric Century (62-Mile) Club $80 $100
$100
$125 $150
Century (100-Mile) Club $100 $120
$120
$150 $175

RAISING fUNDS & Hope


This ride is true to its name. It’s about creating a cycle of hope for families who partner with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

This year, we’re reminded just how much that matters. The current pandemic has not only heightened the housing crisis, it has created big challenges for Habitat for Humanity to serve more families and our communities.

Fortunately, cyclists know a little something about tackling big challenges. When you fundraise, you can make your support of Habitat really go the distance. With plenty of support from your Habitat Fundraising Coach, you can quickly create and share a fundraising page. And with fundraising incentives starting at just $100 raised, it’s a snap to rack up extra perks while you support a great cause. Fundraise on your own, or team up with other riders and pool your efforts. Either way, every dollar you raise will make a difference.

The 2020 Cycle of Hope Jersey is now available!


Ride in style with the 2020 Cycle of Hope commemorative cycling jersey. On sale now for $65.

Choose from a men’s or women’s style Primal Short Sleeve Sports Jersey and sizes ranging from XS-XXL. You can feel good about supporting Habitat while also looking good on the course!

Cycle of Hope 2020 Jersey

Frequently Asked Questions


How does a "Ride from Home" work ?

It’s simple! This year’s event offers you the chance to support affordable housing, while staying safe and having maximum flexibility:

  1. Step 1 – Choose Your Course
    Choose from 5 custom courses for all skill levels in both the Silicon Valley and East Bay, or design your own course and ride from anywhere.
  2. Step 2– Register & Share
    Once you’ve chosen your course, it’s time to register! Sign up to ride solo or as a team at a safe distance. Then, invite friends and family to ride with you or join your team to get exclusive referral perks.
  3. Step 3 – Fundraise
    Claim your fundraising page and unlock access to a personal fundraising coach! While fundraising is not required, it’s easier than you think. And, you can start earning incentives when you’ve raised just $100, so it’s a snap to rack up extra perks while you support a great cause.
  4. Step 4 – Get your Swag
    With both curbside packet pick-up and mail-to-you options, getting your premium swag bag is safe and easy.
  5. Step 5 – Pick a Day and Ride!
    Pick a day to ride your course anytime between Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 25. 

Are there aid stations and SAG support?

While this year’s ride won’t offer aid stations and SAG support, your packet will include the Patelco Credit Union “mobile water station.” And through our official ride app, RaceJoy, you can get tips for places to stop and refuel along our curated routes. We will also have some resources for you at our Online Community (coming soon) from our official Bike Shop Sponsor, Mike’s Bikes, to make sure your bike is tuned up and you are ride-ready.

Are they closed courses?

Please be advised that courses are not closed to traffic. While we are doing our best to design routes on low-travelled roads, we suggest choosing a time and day, such as early in the morning on a Sunday, that will provide you the best and safest ride.

Can I change courses?

Athletes can change events. There is no charge to move down in distance, though we can’t offer to refund the difference. If you’d like to move up in distance, you will be charged the difference between your original registration fee and the current price of your new distance. For any course changes, email Hilda Schmelling at HSchmelling@HabitatEBSV.org.

Is it a closed course?

No. As with most cycling events, the roads will not be closed. Therefore, cyclists are required to follow the same rules and laws that cars follow. Stop signs and traffic signals must be obeyed. The only exception would be if law enforcement or traffic control officials wave cyclists through – proceed with caution. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians.

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If I choose the “anywhere” option, how do I design my own route? Can I still use RaceJoy?

When you choose our Anywhere option at registration, you have the freedom to design your own course or find a course already designed by fellow cyclists using apps like RideWithGPS and Strava. Just chart or find your course before you ride (anytime between October 10th and 25th), and on ride day, fire up both apps. By using both apps, you’ll get directional cues from your route app, but you won’t miss out on mileage tracking and custom messages from the Cycle of Hope team, cheer squads, and more from RaceJoy!

Not sure where you want to ride come ride day? No problem – Hop on your bike and ride where the wind takes you with the RaceJoy app open and started. You’ll get progress updates on your mileage as you move. Just make sure you know where you are going, since the “Anywhere” course option does not include directions!

Will I get a finisher’s medal?

Yes! All registered riders will receive a finisher’s medal in their packet.

Can I volunteer for this year's event?

Yes! Even though we aren’t gathering in person, we still need support for this year’s event. Visit our Volunteer section to learn more. Also, one of the best ways to help us make this year’s event a success – even if you’re not on your bicycle – is to fundraise and recruit riders! And, doing so can earn you perks! Just register as a Volunteer Fundraiser/Recruiter to get started.

What does my registration fee cover?

We may be riding at a distance rather than gathering in-person, but planning a premium event like Cycle of Hope: Ride from Home is still costly, and your registration fee helps us cover that cost. It means we’re able to offer things like pre-ride tips, training resources, and new technology that gives this year’s experience the energy of an in-person event.

A portion of your registration fee also directly benefits Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s mission to build homes, communities, and hope across the Bay Area. Click here to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s impact.

If I ride a Cycle of Hope curated course, what can I expect?

Cycle of Hope prides itself on our course selection. Each year, we listen to rider feedback and do our best to implement suggestions in the following year’s ride. While we may not be able to experience the course together, riders can still expect a great course experience with routes taking you through some of the best the Bay has to offer. Routes options still include courses designed for kids, beginners, intermediate riders, Metric Century riders, and Century riders. However, this year’s Ride from Home event offers these options in both the Silicon Valley and East Bay.

If I am riding by myself, how will I know where to go? Will there be signage?

No, there will not be signage out on the course. However, riders registered for a Cycle of Hope course will receive turn-by-turn directions through our official ride app – RaceJoy. RaceJoy does not provide routes or directions to riders who select to ride from anywhere.

Can I ride Cycle of Hope on my Peloton or other at-home trainer? How?

Absolutely! If you’d like to ride Cycle of Hope on your Peloton or other at-home trainer, simply register for the distance of your choice, and select our “anywhere” option when asked, “What is your preferred area to complete your ride?” While at-home trainers aren’t integrated with RaceJoy, our official ride app, you can still manually log your ride with a simple form, and be a part of the Cycle of Hope experience – including our October 24th virtual finish line celebration! Just keep an eye on your inbox in the next few weeks, where you’ll receive a link to log your mileage through an easy form once you’ve completed your ride.

How do I get my rider packet and swag?

We will offer curbside packet pickup in both Silicon Valley and the East Bay, prior to October 10th, as well as during the ride window (October 10-25). Look for packet pickup details in your Athlete Guide this September.  You can also purchase a Packet Mailing Upgrade – if you purchase before September 25th, you’ll receive your packet before the ride window begins on October 10th.

Is there a post-ride party?

Yes! Even though we can’t gather by the hundreds this year, we can still gather in spirit to celebrate our community and all that we’ve achieved – the miles we’ve ridden and the funds we’ve raised to support affordable housing. Stay tuned to your email – details about the virtual finish line celebration will be in your Athlete Guide this September.

What if I don’t have a bike or can’t ride? Can I walk, run, or hike a route?

Absolutely! While Cycle of Hope is primarily a cycling event, with this year’s “ride anywhere” option, you can create your own walk, run, or hike! Just register for your goal distance ( kid’s, starter, intermediate, Metric (62 miles), or Century (100 miles) and select “Anywhere” as your preferred area. Come “ride time,” any day at any time between October 10th through October 25th, you can power up RaceJoy to track your distance whether your walk, run, hike, etc. and document your results to be honored at our finish line celebration!

We welcome anyone who wants to join our efforts to support our mission!

How it all got started


Cycle of Hope began as a dare to a man who can’t resist a dare. Bob Frick, chair of Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley’s Foundation Board, was 70 years old when a student of his dared him onto a bicycle for the first time in decades, undertaking a long-distance ride to raise money and awareness for Habitat. But when you’re Bob Frick, you don’t stop at a few hundred miles. He, and his wife Barbara as SAG support, then embarked on multiple cross-country cycling journeys, starting with his back tire in the Pacific and ending with his front tire in the Atlantic. His last cross-country ride was in 2015, at age 77, and after that, Bob set his sights forward. He wanted to establish Cycle of Hope as a large-scale local ride, where many more people could join the movement and carry the spirit of his ride into the future. And here we are today...