Frequently Asked Questions for Riders                    

 

Have a different question? Email info@rocktorock.org, and we'll get back to you! Have a question on ride day? Call the Rock to Rock HQ (203.285.6147).

I've done this before. What's new for 2021?

We're really excited to share that Rock to Rock is moving ahead in a new direction for this spring. We'll still be able to celebrate Earth Day, and take real action in response to the climate emergency, and raise critical support for local environmental organizations -- while respecting important public health guidance about masks and social distancing. 

 

We're inviting participants to do Rock to Rock in small groups at staggered starts. You can start at East Rock Park and ride 20 or 60 miles. There also will be a 2-mile Family Ride within Edgewood Park. You are also welcome to hike to around East Rock Park or to the summit of West Rock y yourself or sign up for our hikes/walks with leaders. If you are not comfortable getting out on April 24 you can take 20 or 60 actions on behalf of our environment. You can ride a stationary bike or set a new milestone for your home exercise routine. And we ask, however you are celebrating Rock to Rock, that you post videos and photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the hashtags #myrocktorock and #rocktorock2021.  

Is there a fundraising minimum?

We ask that all riders raise $100 or more. You can do it! Our planet & community need your support. YOU decide which of our 20+ Rock to Rock partner organizations you want to support.

Families are encouraged to fundraise together -- you can set up one page for your whole family.

our credit card will not be charged if you do not reach the $100 fundraising minimum -- but we know you can do it! Get fundraising tips.

When is the last chance to sign up?

Online registration continues until 7 pm on Friday, April 23, but we cannot guarantee that there will be slots for in-person participation, especially the 20-mile event. In order to attend in-person you must sign up for a specific staggered start time through Sign-Up Genius for the metric, 20-mile, family ride, or guided hikes. You will receive the link via email upon registration.  We recommend you sign up for a slot right away. Email us if you cannot find the link. 

 

You do not need to sign up for a start time for the Base-to-Summit Ride since many will do that at the end of the longer rides, it does not require ride marshals, and the route will be signed. If the staggered start slots are filled, you may ride the Base-to-Summit Ride or choose to do Rock to Rock on your own.

 

How do I get a Rock to Rock tee-shirt?

If you want a t-shirt you can order one here or you must register and raise $100 by April 6 to get one for free. To prevent waste we are not providing tees unless they are purchased or awarded. All tees will be mailed directly to you after the event.  

What should I bring with me?

Helmets are required. Wear one! Safety first, if you are riding a bike in honor or Rock to Rock, please wear a helmet.  

Bring a water bottle or two, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring an extra bike tube.  

Wear a mask, of course.

Where should I park?

If you are too far to bike to the start of the ride... For East Rock, you may park your car in the school lots off Orange Street and streetside all along the park (Orange, Cold Spring and Livingston). For Edgewood Park, you may park in the lot near Coogan Pavilion (off Whalley Ave & Fitch St.), near the skate park, or out of the park in the parking lot on Fitch St. (on the other side of Whalley and across from the gas station). 

Where do I go and what should I expect when I get there?

If you plan to participate in person, be sure to sign up for a staggered start time in advance. Email us if you haven't received or cannot locate the registration confirmation email with a link to the sign-up on Sign-Up Genius.  

 

The morning rides and hikes all start and end in East Rock Park.  To help us maintain social distancing we have a few different starting stations. The hikes will meet in front of the Ranger Station near the intersection of Orange St. and Cold Spring St. The 20-mile and 60-mile rides will depart from Stations A and B, which will be behind the Ranger Station and Pavilion.  The start of the 4.5-mile Base-to-Summit Ride (a self-guided ride) will start from the intersection of Orange St and Farnam Dr. 

The 2-mile Family Ride will take place in Edgewood Park.  The ride will start and end near the skate park and Coogan Pavilion at Stations Y and Z . 

 

The West Rock Hike will start at Common Ground High School, 358 Springside Ave. 

In order to maintain a safe physical distance for all, please arrive early enough to park (if you're driving there), get your temperature checked, check your tires, and check-in with registration (no more than 20 minutes before you are scheduled to be at your station). Please arrive at your station in the time frame you signed up for and plan to depart by the end of the slot. For example, if you sign up for the 7:50 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. slot you should plan to arrive at 7:50 at the assigned station and plan to depart on your ride with your small group by 8 a.m. 

All bike routes will be signed. Ride marshals will accompany the 20-mile and 60-mile rides and will be supported by a SAG vehicle for each route. The Family Ride and Base-to-Summit Rides will be self-guided. 

Will someone fix my bike or my boo boos?

Air pumps and first aid kits will be available. We will have limited bike mechanic support, possibly one mechanic, possibly none. Please get out your bike well in advance of the ride and check your Air, Brakes, Chain, Cranks, and Cassette. If you need medical support for an emergency, call 9-1-1. If it's a non-emergency, ask your ride marshal to call the vehicle support or ask for help at the ride start/end.  

What should I remember while I'm riding? 

Be safe! Follow the rules of the road.

Maintain social distance. Keep your mask on. 

It is spring! There are lots of potholes along our route. Watch out for them, and signal hazards to other riders. 

I hear there are awesome prizes. Where do I get them?

  • All registrants will receive a free yoga class from Breathing Room.

  • 40 rockstar participants have earned a free tee by raising $100 by 4/6.

  • You will get a free week of Breathing Room yoga when you raise $250 or more and a bike tune-up from Devil's Gear when you raise $500 or more.

  • Be the first of 20 registrants to raise $1000 and Rock to Rock will buy a $25 local restaurant gift certificate for you.

  • Individual Spirit Award...  For the most creative, impactful, fun, beautiful way of marking Earth Day and celebrating Rock to Rock... A 3 week farm share at Massaro Community Farm.

See more individual and team prize details on our prize webpage.

How far should a child or youth ride? 

The 2-mile Family Ride was designed for inexperienced cyclists. Staggered starts of small groups will help to keep us all safe. 

 

The 4.5-mile Base-to-Summit Ride is a vertical challenge, but with a rewarding view from the top.

 

We do not recommend the 20-mile or the metric century ride for youth. When considering the longer rides, consider this...


Many entry level child bikes do not have gears, or have significantly different gear ratios, and are heavy for their size, thus making them work less efficiently to cover the same distance as an adult on a bike.  That, combined with the fact that they are smaller, and therefore have shorter limbs (levers), make them less powerful, and therefore proportionately much more difficult to keep up.   An average 5-year old, riding without training wheels, using a 12-inch wheel bike will have to pedal three times as fast as an adult on a 29-inch wheel bike in order to keep up the same speed and/or cover the same distance. To extrapolate:  if an adult plans to ride 5 miles, that translates to that 5-year old riding 15 miles!  So, set your expectations accordingly.
 

Because there are so many individual variables,  it is very difficult to have a hard and fast rule. 


We hope that Rock to Rock is fun for all participants, from the most accomplished adults to the littlest riders.  By being realistic about everyone’s abilities, you have the best chance of it being an enjoyable time, rather than an unpleasant experience.  Any time you’ve had enough fun, it’s OK to stop. 

Is this going to rock?

Absolutely. 

  

How did you manage to write so much, and still not answer my question? 

We're sorry. Shoot us a message: info@rocktorock.org.