Registration & Packet Pick-up
Online Registration Closing
Online registration will remain open through Thursday, November 1 at 12 noon. Remind your friends and family to sign up soon! Walk-up registrations are still available at Mike’s Bikes Palo Alto on Friday, November 2 from 4pm to 7pm and on event day starting at 6am.
All participants must pick up their ride packet. Please bring a photo ID to the pick-up location in order to retrieve your ride packet. Cyclists may pick up on behalf of another participant – a copy of the participant’s photo ID is required. For your convenience, we will have the following two dates/locations:
Saturday, October 27
11am – 4pm
Mike’s Bikes – Berkeley
2161 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Friday, November 2
4pm – 7pm
Mike’s Bikes – Palo Alto
4233 W Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Packet Pick-Up Parking
Parking is available in the parking lot located at each store or on the streets close by.
Items You Will Receive at Packet Pick-Up
Your packet will consist of your event bib, event shirt and goody bag. Participants will receive the shirt size they selected when registering. If you need to exchange your shirt size, you may do so on event day at the Information Tent after your event has started. Shirt size exchanges will be based on availability.
Ride Category Changes
Ride category changes include switching from one ride distance to the other. For example, you are registered for the Century but would like to do the Metric Century. Fees will apply for switching UP to the Century. There is no fee to switch DOWN to the Metric Century, 32-Mile or 17-Mile and there is no refund in the price difference.
EVENT DAY INFORMATION
Bike rentals will not be available at the event but our friends at Sports Basement are offering Cycle of Hope participants 20% off bike rentals using the code “hope20” prior to event day!
Start/Finish Line Location & Time
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Century Start Time: 7:00 a.m.
Metric Century Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
32-Mile Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
17-Mile Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Kids’ Course Start Time: 2:00 p.m.
Parking and Directions
Free parking will be available at the event site. Look for signs that read “Rider/Spectator Parking.”
Valet Bike Parking will be provided by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition!
Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer their rider on at the Finish Line. We want to minimize traffic on the route as much as possible. Family and friends are then welcome to stay for the post ride festivities!
Gear should be dropped-off prior to entering the start corral at the Gear Check tent located inside the HP parking lot, just North of the Start/Finish line. Please arrive early to check bag and avoid the lines. Make sure to use THE PLASTIC BAG PROVIDED TO YOU AT PACKET PICK-UP. Simply attach the Gear Check label from your participant bib to the bag for identification. You must have a bib to use Gear Check.
All items checked must be reclaimed with your cyclist bib.
All unclaimed items at Gear Check will be transported to Mike’s Bikes Palo Alto (4233 W Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303) for two weeks following the event. Unclaimed items will then be donated to a local charity. Do not give your items to any volunteer except those at Gear Check or at a course water station. Items checked at water stations will need to be picked up post-event at Mike’s Bikes Palo Alto. Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and High Altitude Special Events Management are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the courses prior to race day
Rules of the Road
No streets or lanes will be closed on any of the ride courses. Therefore, all riders are expected to follow the rules of the road. Stay in the designated lane(s) for cyclists. Only two cyclists may ride side-by-side and we recommend single file when ascending or descending any hills.
Signs will be posted at each turn along all ride courses. To ensure you stay on course, organizers recommend that riders load the ridewithgps.com courses (links above) onto their phones to receive real-time turn-by-turn directions.
Support on the Course
All rides will be fully supported with water stations, course signage to direct cyclists at turns, and a network of EMS resources on the course and at the start and finish.
All stations will have portable toilets.
Each water station will feature a live musical performance. Eat, drink, and dance the day away with your fellow riders!
Course Nutrition and Hydration
Water stations will have water, Gatorade, sweet and salty snacks, GU energy gel (caffeinated and decaffeinated), and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at select water stations. A box lunch will be available on the 62 and 100 mile ride course only (Mile 40 of the 62-mile ride and Mile 57.5 of the 100-mile ride). A hot meal will be waiting for all riders at the post-ride party!
Velofix as well as Mike’s Bikes will be providing SAG for the bike tour with equipment and supplies to service athletes for minor issues that they are unable to resolve, including flat tires and broken chains. All cyclists are asked to carry a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, and anything else needed to change a flat or fix a mechanical issue.
will be available at the Sarasota Gap Preserve on Skyline (Mile 26 of the 62 and 100-mile routes) and Collins Elementary School in Cupertino (Mile 21 of the 32-mile ride, 40 of the 62-mile ride, and 80 of the 100-mile ride). Four SAG vans will be patrolling the course to assist with pick-ups and drop-offs.
Event Status System
An Event Status System will be displayed at each water station indicating the status of the race based on the current weather conditions. There will be a simple color-based warning system.
GREEN FLAG: Proceed as normal.
YELLOW FLAG: CAUTION – Slow down, use caution and drink plenty of water.
RED FLAG: EXTREME CAUTION – Slow down, use extreme caution and drink plenty of water due to dangerous weather conditions. Timing of the event has stopped and no awards will be issued.
BLACK FLAG: STOP – Seek shelter immediately in the event of a weather emergency. The event has been canceled due to extreme conditions or course emergency such as lightning, tornado, or human disaster. Instructions will be announced via bullhorn at water stations from the station captain.
Patelco Credit Union Hill Climb Challenge
One of the unique features of the Century and Metric Century Rides is the Patelco Credit Union Hill Climb Challenge. Riders will be timed as they make their way up La Honda Rd to Skyline. Give this gorgeous climb your all, and you could be crowned Patelco Credit Union’s King or Queen of the Hill!
cycling safety and rules
We want to ensure all cyclists have a fun and safe experience at Cycle of Hope. Please review these safety tips and rules for event day.
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. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
Due to the nature of this event and for the safety of all of our riders, we ask that no headphones be worn.
For the safety of all, electric bikes (e-bikes) will not be permitted.
YES! For your own safety, helmets are required at the Cycle of Hope. You will be removed from the route if you are not wearing a helmet.
Take the Lane
Riders are asked to stay as far to the right of the road as safely possible and/or in designated bike lanes. There are a few exceptions in the law that allow riders to “take the lane”
- Passing another cyclist (always pass on the left-hand side and announce before doing so, “On your left.” If you hear this, keep looking forward and hold steady, be courteous and allow rider to pass you.
- Preparing to make a left-hand turn
- When necessary to avoid certain conditions that make it unsafe to stay to the right (ie: potholes, etc)
Additional Safety Tips:
- Always ride with traffic, not against.
- If you need to stop for a repair or to rest, move up on sidewalk/off of road.
- Do not draft off of vehicles or follow cyclists too closely.
- Never ride more than 2 abreast.
- Always use hand signals when turning.
- Talk to other cyclists with signals (ie: pointing out gravel/objects, “car back”, “stopping”, signaling tracks, etc).
- Stay as visible as possible (safety lights strongly recommended, bright colored clothing, etc.).
You are Ready…But is Your Bike?
To help ensure a fantastic ride experience, not only do you want to be physically ready, but your bike needs to be, too. Here are some things to remember and prepare before you take off from the Start Line:
- Nothing feels better than a freshly tuned-up bike. Feel free to contact any Mike’s Bikes location to get yours in before the ride to have it checked.
- Always check your tire pressure, condition and wheels before you ride.
- Check brakes for worn pads, cable tightness, alignment, locked in place after transporting.
- Check gears and shifting.
- Is bike fit comfortable.
- Check handlebars – make sure they are secure at headset.
- Always carry a spare tube, CO2 canister/dispenser, patch kit and tire lever in the event of a flat.