August will be here before we know it – and that means it’s time to ride! We can’t wait to gather for our in-person rides during the Summer of the Ride.

When you choose to ride with us, you’ll get a little bit of that much-loved Ride Day experience at three different locations throughout Western New York with various start times and distances. These rides will be taking place at the following locations.

As a reminder, every 20 minutes groups of 10 or less riders will be set out to participate in the Summer of the Ride.

So what can you expect to experience? When you arrive to your location of choice, you’ll be greeted by our incredible parking volunteers and hear jams playing to get you energized for the day. Our volunteers will welcome you and direct you to your spot. Then, you will follow the signs to a check-in tent, which will be located in the same parking lot. Our team will remind you of proper social distancing techniques and once checked in, you’ll be able to fill out your tribute card, write the name of a survivor you know on the sidewalk, and grab a snack bag courtesy of Tops.

When your group’s start time is announced, you’ll pass through the Summer of the Ride start line arch to kick off your adventure. Throughout your ride, you’ll see cheerleaders ringing the famous Ride cowbells and riding marshals keeping you on track and safe. You’ll also be able to take a break at a water stop where first aid and basic bike repair supplies will be available. And be sure to keep smiling because you might spot some Ride photographers along the way, capturing the excitement of the Summer of the Ride! As you near the end of your route, you will pass a finish line, chalked with the names of those we ride for: loved ones we’ve lost, current patients and survivors.

When you’re all done, make sure to hop on over to our selfie photo station and get a picture with your teammates. Don’t forget to post it on social using #RFR20 and tag us (@rideforroswell).

Ready to sign up?!

In order to secure your timeslot, you must be registered for the Ride first. The great news is that there are no registration fees or fundraising minimums – all you have to do is register here.

After that, you’ll be logged into your participants dashboard. There will be a green button at the top. Click on it to reserve your spot. 

This is where you can select the date and time you and your team would like to ride at. You can search by date, location or both. Please note – you can register up to 9 people including yourself. You will need to know the name, email and phone number of everyone you are registering. Additionally, you will only be able to register once so make sure you pick the correct date.

When you are ready to secure your spot, click Register under the correct date and time.

You will then be taken to the registration page where your information will automatically populate. When you are done, click Next Step.

After clicking on Next Step, you will come to a review page. Here you can either complete your registration or register another rider and repeat the above steps. You will need some of their information: their name, the email address they used when registering for the Ride and phone number. 

Once you are done, click Complete Registration and you will be redirected to your participant dashboard, which will be updated with your in-person ride details.

We can’t wait to ride together in August! If you don’t feel comfortable attending one of these rides, you can still participate in the Summer of the Ride by riding your own way. You are in charge of your adventure – choose the time, location and distance that works best for you. We even have a special guide to help with creating your own route.

No matter what way you choose to participate, we can’t wait to make this summer impactful for cancer patients.