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Have a different question? Email [email protected], 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 2020?

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 the 50th 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 their own way, any time between Earth Day (April 22) and the end of Bike Month in May. You can ride 5, 12, 40, 60 miles, or the amount of your choice. You can hike to the summit of East Rock or West Rock. You can take 5, 12, 40, 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 #rocktorock2020.  

 

Because Rock to Rock and our world looks different today than two weeks ago, we're reducing registration fees. You can register for $15, which covers the true cost of this new Rock to Rock. Because we want Rock to Rock to be available to everyone, you can choose to register for just $5. Or you can help cover the costs of another community member, and pay $30. 

 

If you are already registered for Rock to Rock, you get to decide how you want to be involved in this new Rock to Rock:

  • stay registered, and get a partial refund to bring their cost into line with what we're offering other riders
  • stay registered, and choose not to get a refund
  • cancel your registration, and have your fee converted to a donation to support the event and the Rock to Rock organizing partners
  • cancel your registration, and get a full refund.

 

Click here if you are a current rider and want a full or partial refund, or want to convert your registration into a donation

 

Starting Monday, March 23rd, we're inviting community members to register at www.rocktorock.org, and to fundraise for one of the 30+ 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.
 
Your 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 10pm on Friday, April 24th. 
 

What should I bring with me?

Helmets are required. Wear one! Safety first, if you are riding a bikein 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 years 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 8 miles, that translates to that 5-year old riding 24 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: [email protected]