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Join us September 17-18, 2021, for a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Ride Cincinnati is a community of riders, virtual riders and volunteers each making a commitment to Defeat Cancer.

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$300 minimum fundraising commitment

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$500 minimum fundraising commitment

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Ride Cincinnati Ride

RIDE WEEKEND

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism September 17-18, 2021.

Celebrate your accomplishments and fundraising efforts with fellow riders and their guests at the exclusive Ride Cincinnati Kickoff Party on Friday, September 17, from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Lytle Park Hotel. Enjoy top-notch music, food and beverages and pick up your Rider credentials.

On Saturday, September 18, Riders will depart from downtown Cincinnati, completing routes ranging from 15 miles to 100 miles. Riders are then invited back to Yeatman’s Cove to a special rider celebration until 2:00 p.m., with an exclusive location for 100-mile riders that will remain open until 4 p.m.

Virtual Ride

If you are unable to join us in person during ride weekend, consider registering as a virtual rider. Virtual riders may select their own activity and fundraise, while some virtual riders simply choose to raise money for the cause through their network of friends and family.

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Pelotons

A Peloton is a great way for a group of five or more individuals to share their experience. Peloton members can include riders, virtual riders, or volunteers. In addition to the individual member profiles, a separate Peloton profile allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for coming together to end cancer.

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Volunteer

Interested in volunteering during Ride Cincinnati weekend? Register for this year's volunteer efforts by clicking the button below.

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Event FAQ

We understand you may have some questions about Ride Cincinnati, so we’ve done our best to answer some of the more obvious questions on our specific FAQ sections:

Ride Cincinnati weekend is September 17 - 18, 2021. Please view the schedule below for the weekend breakdown:
  • Friday, September 17: Opening Ceremonies and celebration
  • Saturday, September 18: Ride for all routes (15, 25, 50, 100).

Ride Cincinnati's scenic course begins in the southern corner of downtown Cincinnati at Yeatman's Cove in Sawyer Point. The route continues over the pedestrian-only Purple People Bridge and travels through several cities along Route 8 in Northern Kentucky. This road is not closed to traffic. Destination markers along the course guide riders to choose the length of their own personal ride. The course returns riders to the Ride Cincinnati Celebration at Sawyer Point to enjoy free food and beverages, music and kids’ activities. The Ride Cincinnati Celebration for 8- to 63-mile riders will end at 1:30 p.m. Please plan your ride accordingly so you return in time to enjoy the celebration.

Riders who complete the 100-mile ride will finish at a special reserved celebration area with additional amenities open until 3 p.m. Please note, the 50-mile turnaround will close at 10:30 a.m.

Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:

  • 15 miles, 1-day ride – I commit to raise $300 for cancer research.
  • 25 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $500 for cancer research.
  • 50 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $750 for cancer research.
  • 100 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $1,000 for cancer research.
The registration fee for Riders is $100.
Just about any bike will get you to 25 miles. If you are riding 50 or 100 miles, you may think about investing in a road bike.
Each Rider must pay a non-refundable registration fee that does not count towards his or her minimum fundraising commitment. The appropriate amount is charged to the Rider's card upon registration. The Rider’s card information must remain on file in case you do not reach your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline. After the fundraising deadline, your card will be charged for the remainder of your commitment, if any.
You can cancel your participation as a Rider in Ride Cincinnati up to but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2021. Remember, all Riders have until Nov. 18, 2021, to reach their minimum fundraising commitments.
Personalize your Rider profile, then direct your friends and family to your Rider page and ask them to donate to your ride! We’ve come up with some fundraising tips to help you reach and hopefully exceed your fundraising goal. They can be found in the Fundraising Toolkit in the Ride Cincinnati Media section on the home page
Riders have until Nov. 18, 2021, to raise funds for Ride Cincinnati 21.
Yes, you are able to use Ride Cincinnati’s logos for your personal fundraising efforts. Please send any final designs that use Ride Cincinnati’s assets to for approval before publication or production.
A High Roller is anyone who has maintained at least $4,000 in their fundraising account as of the fundraising deadline.
A Peloton is a team. Pelotons are a great way for a group of five or more individuals to share their experience. In addition to the individual Rider Profile pages, a separate Peloton profile page allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for riding. Peloton members can share donations made to the Peloton as a whole and/or can share funds raised by individual members. Funds may only be shared with fellow Peloton members at the end of the fundraising period.
A Super Peloton is a group of Pelotons that is formed by a large company, community or organization. A Super Peloton allows different offices, departments, or groups to work together to Defeat Cancer on both a small and large scale. Super Pelotons have the same benefits as individual Pelotons. If your group is interested in starting a Super Peloton, please contact the Ride Cincinnati team and we can help get you all set up.
You are able to start a Peloton during the Rider registration process. If you want to create a Peloton after you've registered, head to your Rider dashboard.
The fund sharing period for Ride Cincinnati 19 will occur between September 19, 2021, and November 18, 2021. During this time, there are two ways to share funds.
  1. Funds donated directly to the Peloton may be shared among individual Peloton Riders who still need additional funds to reach their fundraising commitment.
  2. If an individual Peloton member has exceeded their fundraising commitment, the excess funds can be distributed to another member of the Peloton who has not met their commitment.
All requests to share funds must be emailed to EMAIL by the Peloton Captain by DATE. Most Pelotons expect those making a request for shared funds to have had involvement during the training year by supporting group efforts and being part of the team. Each Peloton sets their own fund sharing criteria, and it will vary; there are no guarantees. While we support fund sharing, we ask that you use fund sharing to supplement (not lead) your individual fundraising efforts. Dollars shared ultimately affect the total dollars raised for life-saving cancer research.
Yes, the Peloton Captain can change the name of their Peloton in their Rider dashboard.
You are able to join a Peloton during the Rider registration process. If you want to join a Peloton after you've registered, head to your Rider dashboard.
Participants can be a member of only one Peloton because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among Peloton members.
No, the members of a Peloton do not have to ride the same distance.

Yes, you can find important Ride Cincinnati participant information for the weekend by clicking here.

You can invite someone to join your Peloton from your Rider dashboard.
You can find a map of the routehere.
All rides will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. 100-mile Riders will begin at 6 a.m., 50-mile Riders at 7 a.m., 25-mile riders at 8 a.m., and 15-mile riders at 9 a.m.
Virtual riders are individuals who are unable to physically participate in Ride Cincinnati weekend but still want to be part of the movement to Defeat Cancer. You can choose to be a virtual rider instead of selecting a route during the registration process.

Please see below for rest stop locations, mile markers and closing times. While we welcome riders to stop and take a break, riders are encouraged to either continue their committed route or return back to the Celebration at Yeatman’s Cove in a timely manner, to ensure safety of all riders along the course.

REST STOP LOCATION

MILE MARKER

OPEN TIME

CLOSE TIME

Eli's
(8 mile turnaround point)

4

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Pendery Park
(26 mile turnaround point )

13

7:00 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

AJ Jolly
(45 mile turnaround point)

22

7:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

Bold Carpet
(63 mile turnaround point)

31

7:45 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Western Mason
(100 mile turnaround point)

50

8:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.


Upon completion of their committed distance, Riders will return to the Ride Cincinnati Celebration at Yeatman’s Cove to enjoy free food and beverages, music and activities, beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 1:30 p.m.

Riders who complete the 100-mile ride will finish at a special reserved celebration area with additional amenities open until 3 p.m.

We encourage you to register for a route that you are physically comfortable riding. The key with this one is to finish with a smile! As a rule of thumb, most anyone can ride 15 to 25 miles with some training. 50-mile Riders should get a ride or two each week during the warmer months. The 100-mile route requires a commitment to endurance training.
There is no minimum fundraising commitment for Virtual Riders. However, in order to attend the exclusive Ride Cincinnati Kickoff Party on Sept. 17, Rirtual Riders must raise at least $300 by Sept. 16.
Up to but no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2021, you are able to change your route distance and the corresponding minimum fundraising commitment. After 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2021, you are not permitted to decrease your route and minimum fundraising commitment below the amount that you are committed to raise as of 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2021.
Virtual riders have access to all the same fundraising tools that Riders have to fundraise. These tools can be found in the Media Kits section below.
Just about any bike will get you to 25 miles. If you are riding 50 or 100 miles, you may think about investing in a road bike
No, there is no fee to be a virtual rider. However, if you make the change to be a Ride Cincinnati Rider, there will be a $100 registration fee and a minimum fundraising commitment associated with the route you select.
You are able to upgrade from a Virtual Rider to a Ride Cincinnati Rider in your dashboard. During this process you will be asked to sign the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy and Participant Waiver and Agreement as well as pay the $100 registration fee.
As a rule of thumb, most anyone can ride 25 miles with some basic training. 50-mile Riders should get a ride or two each week during the warmer months. The 100-mile route requires a commitment to endurance training. Just remember, the key to Ride Cincinnati is to finish with a smile! Whether you start your training in April or July, as long as you have a few training rides under your belt you'll do just fine!
There will be a rest stop every 12 to 20 miles for water, food, mechanical and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the route to provide assistance, if necessary.
Virtual riders are welcome to purchase a ticket to the Opening Ceremony celebration the weekend of Ride Cincinnati. They are also encouraged to cheer for other Riders along the route and at the finish celebrations.
Yes, Ride Cincinnati Riders are asked to strictly adhere to rules of the road. Click here for a PDF version of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Cycling Smarter Guide created by the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. A safe ride is paramount to the Ride Cincinnati experience. All cyclists are required to wear helmets at all times throughout the Ride.
You must be at least 14 years of age to ride in Ride Cincinnati. Riders who are 14 and 15 years old may register to ride the 15-mile and 26-mile routes only. Riders who are 16 years and older may register for any of the routes. Parents or guardians will be required to execute the Rider agreement and waiver on behalf of the minor Rider.
Yes, tandems are encouraged, but each Rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately and each Rider must meet his/her own individual fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen. Under no circumstances may the fundraising commitment be divided among the Riders on the tandem bicycle.
While we are thrilled to come together again in person after our virtual event in 2020, we are mindful of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the Greater Cincinnati area. As such, consistent with the latest CDC guidelines, we are putting in place a few protocols to keep our riders and guests safe.

By participating in Ride Weekend, including the kickoff party, the ride itself and the post-ride celebration, all riders and guests are attesting that they:

  • Have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Do not have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Are not currently subject to quarantine.

Kickoff Party

This year’s kickoff party will be held at the Lytle Park Hotel. As we will be using a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, the following protocols apply.

  • All attendees of the Ride Cincinnati Kickoff Party are asked to verify their fully vaccinated status at entry. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC vaccination card or a photo of CDC vaccination card. While unvaccinated riders and guests may attend the event, they are subject to different requirements as outlined below.
  • Masks are required for all attendees when indoors. When outdoors, unvaccinated attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering if they are unable to socially distance.
  • All attendees are welcome to eat and drink in the outdoor spaces. Only fully vaccinated attendees are permitted to eat and drink in the indoor spaces, and they must replace their mask when they are not actively eating or drinking.

Ride and Post-Ride Celebration

As both the ride and post-ride celebration take place outdoors at Yeatman’s Cove, masks are not required. However, we do encourage our unvaccinated riders and guests to wear a face covering in any confined or congested area where they cannot social distance.
Sept. 17
Bike and Medical assistance will be available by calling 513-633-1230 on Ride day
No, under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle and any other riding apparatus at any time during Ride Cincinnati.
No. Your registration as a Rider in Ride Cincinnati is never transferable, even if you do not or cannot ride in Ride Cincinnati for any reason whatsoever, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to ride in Ride Cincinnati in your place under any circumstances.
Click on the Donate button in the upper right hand corner and search for the Rider or Peloton you wish to donate to. Select Quick Donate to start the donation process or View Profile to learn more about them!
Click on the Donate button in the upper right hand corner to start the donation process. You will be able to make a pledge online. Once the pledge has been made, please write the full name of the Rider you wish to donate to in the memo line and mail your check made payable to Ride Cincinnati at the address: P.O. Box 862, Mason, OH 45040. Please note, this address only accepts USPS mail.
Please mail the check to P.O. Box 862, Mason, OH 45040. Also, be sure that your Rider name is included in the memo line, so that we may appropriately apply the donation to your ride. If the donor made the check out to your name, you are able to sign the check over to Ride Cincinnati prior to mailing it in by writing "Pay to the order of Ride Cincinnati" in the endorsement area on the back of the check along with your signature.
The data we collect is necessary to create accurate donor records and provide appropriate tax acknowledgement information. The information is not used for solicitation purposes. If you have any questions about the information that is being collected, please contact Ride Cincinnati at .
If you would like a tax acknowledgement receipt, it is always best to make a credit card or check donation. Ride Cincinnati cannot issue tax acknowledgement receipts for cash donations that are not arranged directly with the Ride Cincinnati team by the actual donor. Please do not send cash through the mail. If you are a Rider who has received a cash donation, there are two options for applying the cash donation to your ride. In the first instance, you may keep the cash and make an online credit card donation to yourself for the same amount. Please note, however, that if you use this option, you will become the official donor and you will receive a tax acknowledgement receipt at the email address that you provide. Please do not substitute the cash donor’s name or address for your own when you make the credit card donation on your card. Alternatively, you may arrange to provide the cash donation to our team. In this scenario, Ride Cincinnati still cannot issue a tax acknowledgement receipt to the cash donor who is not present, but you can arrange to pick up a blank cash donation receipt that you can provide to your donor to fill out for his/her own record keeping. Please note, Ride Cincinnati will not complete this receipt form for you as it must be completed by the donor.
All donations are 100% tax deductible in the United States, unless the donor received goods and/or services in exchange for all or a portion of his/her donation, such as through an auction or other fundraiser. For foreign donors, please refer to your local tax laws to determine if your donation to Ride Cincinnati is tax deductible. All credit card donors will immediately receive a tax acknowledgement letter via email. All check donors will receive a tax acknowledgement letter snail mail after the check is received by Ride Cincinnati.
Yes, Ride Cincinnati is a 501(c)(3). If you would like more information about our Tax ID# or non-profit status, please email info@ridecincinnati.org.
There is no fundraising requirement for Volunteers but fundraising is certainly encouraged. Volunteers can fundraise by registering as a Virtual Rider. As a Virtual Rider, you can create a profile, share your story, join a Peloton, and use all the same fundraising tools as Riders.
We appreciate your interest in helping with our 2021 Ride. Registration for this year's volunteer efforts can be found here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844ADA92BA5FE3-ride5
Ride Cincinnati runs on volunteers! There are many times you can volunteer: pre-Ride Cincinnati weekend, at the Opening Ceremony, the morning of the launch, at the start & finish location, or at the turnaround locations for each route.
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer, but any minor volunteers must have a parent or guardian sign a minor volunteer waiver in order to participate.
The minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old. If you would like to have your family join you at a rest stop or finish line, we encourage them to come and cheer on Riders but please arrange for another adult to monitor your children during your shift so that you are able to focus on your volunteer responsibilities.
All Ride Cincinnati Volunteers will receive a t-shirt upon arrival at their first shift. Please note that if you plan to volunteer for more than one activity or shift you will receive only one t-shirt. Please keep in mind that all activities are outdoors and volunteers will likely be on their feet for a majority of their selected shift(s). Comfortable shoes are a must, along with sunscreen.
Volunteers are welcome to bring sunscreen, water bottles, and a small cooler or snacks, especially if you have any special dietary requirements.
A Lead Volunteer is responsible for all of the activities of their volunteer teams at their chosen locations and/or under their specific responsibilities. If you choose to be a Lead Volunteer, you must be willing to make yourself available the entire time the volunteer team activities that you are leading occur. The times required will vary by responsibilities at some locations. In addition to being available during Ride Cincinnati weekend, Lead Volunteers will also be expected to participate in pre-Ride Cincinnati meetings, weekend activities and be responsible for communicating many event details to their volunteer team. If you are interested in being a Lead Volunteer for the first time please email for more information.
Your Lead Volunteer for the volunteer activity you selected will contact you with information prior to Ride Cincinnati weekend. The earlier you register, the more often you are likely to hear from your Lead Volunteer.
There are no specific requirements to be a photography volunteer. However, we do ask that you supply your own camera or additional equipment. As we get closer to the event, your Lead Volunteer will contact you with further details. After Ride Cincinnati weekend, all necessary information on how to upload the photos taken during Ride Cincinnati weekend will be communicated to you.

Bike managementHandles organization, storage, and transfer of bikes at various locations along the route. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting (mostly bikes).

Ride Cincinnati road crewThe Ride Cincinnati Road Crew is a mobile crew of approximately 50+ Volunteers who support Riders during the weekend. Medical and mechanical Volunteers ride along together in a minivan assisting Riders out on course. This is a weekend-long commitment beginning with an orientation just before the ride. The beauty of Road Crew is that you see Ride Cincinnati from start to finish and everything in between.

Medical/first aid - road crewVolunteers who ride in Ride Cincinnati marked minivans along the route to troubleshoot and assist Riders as necessary. Please note, all Volunteers in this role should be licensed physicians, paramedics, EMTs, physician assistants, nurses or athletic trainers.

Mechanical - road crewVolunteers who ride in Ride Cincinnati marked minivans along the route providing quick, mechanical assistance to Riders along the route. Mechanical Volunteers must be able to change a tire and perform minor bike adjustments.

First aid - finish line/rest stopsProvide Riders, Volunteers, spectators and other participants with first aid assistance at venue sites along the route. Please note, all Volunteers in this role should have BLS training or a medical background.

Food & beverage tentAssists in serving food and beverages to Riders and guests at various venue sites. Ensures all areas are clean and free of debris. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting.

General VolunteerSupplements Volunteer teams and performs various tasks as necessary. Activities could include set-up, clean-up and cheering on Riders. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting or standing for extended periods of time.

Information/questionsGreets Riders and guests and assists with their inquiries at various venue locations.

PhotographyTakes photographs and/or shoots video during Ride Cincinnati weekend at various locations.

Rider check-inHelps with the check-in and dispatch process of Volunteers to various locations.

Staging - ride launchCoordinates the organization of Riders at the start (Yeatman’s Cove) to ensure that every Rider starts safely and timely. Please note, this activity may require standing for extended periods of time.

Site clean up and tear downAssists with the clean-up and tear-down of finish venues. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting.

Volunteer check-inHelps with the check-in and dispatch process of Volunteers to various locations.

Virtual riders are individuals who are unable to physically participate in Ride Cincinnati weekend but still want to be part of the movement to Defeat Cancer. You can choose to be a virtual rider instead of selecting a route during the registration process.
There is no minimum fundraising commitment for Virtual Riders. However, in order to attend the exclusive Ride Cincinnati Kickoff Party on Sept. 17, Rirtual Riders must raise at least $300 by Sept. 16.
Virtual riders have access to all the same fundraising tools that Riders have to fundraise. These tools can be found in the Media Kits section below.
No, there is no fee to be a virtual rider. However, if you make the change to be a Ride Cincinnati Rider, there will be a $100 registration fee and a minimum fundraising commitment associated with the route you select.
You are able to upgrade from a Virtual Rider to a Ride Cincinnati Rider in your dashboard. During this process you will be asked to sign the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy and Participant Waiver and Agreement as well as pay the $100 registration fee.
Virtual riders are welcome to purchase a ticket to the Opening Ceremony celebration the weekend of Ride Cincinnati. They are also encouraged to cheer for other Riders along the route and at the finish celebrations.