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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've been consulting with local officials and our partner organizations, and following public health guidelines closely -- and 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 government and public health guidance about social distancing. 

 

Rock to Rock will look significantly different this year, to keep our riders and whole community safe and healthy. We're inviting participants to do Rock to Rock in small groups at staggered starts. You can start at Common Ground and ride 20 or 60 miles to the top of East Rock or you can start at Long Wharf and ride 5 miles to the top of East Rock. You are also welcome to hike to the summit of East Rock or West Rock. If you are not comfortable getting out on April 24 you can take 5, 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.  

Starting Feb 1, we're inviting community members to register at www.rocktorock.org, and to fundraise for one of the 20+ local organizations whose work Rock to Rock makes possible. They need our support for their critical work. Many of our partners are stepping up in new ways to keep our community healthy and strong: Delivering local, fresh food to neighbors who are stuck at home. Moving their educational programs online to reach kids where they are. Providing support to our most vulnerable neighbors. And all of them are continuing to step up to face the slower-moving climate emergency that's still in the background, and to work in a hundred different ways to make our community greener, healthier, more welcoming, and more connected. 

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 10am on Saturday, April 24. If you want a t-shirt you must register by April 6.

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, sunscreen, sunglasses, and weather-appropriate clothing.  Bring an extra bike tube.  

What should I remember while I'm riding? 

Be safe! Follow the rules of the road.

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?

Please stay tuned for more information on this year's prizes!

How far should a child or youth ride? Because there are so many individual variables,  it is very difficult to have a hard and fast rule. Nonetheless, you can use the following as a guide.
 
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.
 
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.

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Email: info@rocktorock.org         Phone: 203.285.6147