What if I am not an experienced cyclist… Can I still do it?
It is important that you train for this event, but it is not necessary to be a fast rider. There are plenty of rest stops, and even support vehicles at the rest stops to carry you if you decide you have reached your limit. The ride is designed for all ability levels.
What if I cannot keep up with the others?
You will be behind them.
Bringing up the end of the line is a nice place to be too. We have found that those who delay training until the first morning of the ride, end up with a less than positive relationship with their seat. So, ride often to prepare, and you will be fine. If you have difficulty maintaining the pace of some of the others in the tour, slow down. There will be someone from the support team riding at the end to make certain no one is left behind.
I have had some health problems, but I think I am alright. Is it ok to participate?
You are advised to discuss the tour with your physician and follow his/her advice. In most cases, we recommend that you encourage your physician to go on the tour along with you as a Golden Retriever! If the physician agrees, we suggest you then ask your banker, broker, lawyer, mechanic, and hairstylist. This is not a requirement, but it certainly helps the fundraising aspects of the tour!
Do I have to carry my gear with me?
Nope. We have support vehicles to transport your bags, however, you may if you prefer. You may also drag a cement block behind you if you would like, although we have yet to have anyone do so.
How can someone get in touch with me during the tour?
We will provide you with emergency numbers, which can be used to reach you during the ride. These will be provided far enough in advance of the tour, for you to pass out to anyone who might have a need.
How often will we get to rest during the ride?
Rest stops will be approximately every ten to fifteen miles. You can ride at your own pace, as the group will spread out for several miles. You may also opt to ride in a sag vehicle from one stop to the next.
What kind of bike do I need to ride on the towpath?
The majority of the towpath is a dirt trail. There will be a couple of sections that are paved, and a couple that are crushed stone. You would be wise to bring either a mountain bike, trail bike, or a hybrid. It is possible to complete the ride on a road bike (which has very thin tires); however, if it happens to rain before or during the tour, some of the trails may be soft and difficult for a road bike to travel. In such a case, if you choose a road bike you will no doubt remember the tour for years … and will probably be remembered for just as long.
If I only ride for the weekend how am I going to get back to my car?
Once we arrive at the campground on Sunday evening it is only about ten miles back to the San Mar Campus in Boonsboro, where you boarded the charter bus the day before. We can transport you back to the San Mar Campus; or, provide you with directions to the campground, if you would like to have a friend meet you there.
What do I need to bring with me?
When you register we will send you a Participant’s Handbook which lists everything you will need, and everything you do not. If you have specific questions email us.
I have some questions that are not listed here. Now, what am I supposed to do?
E-mail us your questions, or call us at 301-733-9067 x101!
What if I want to leave my entire estate to San Mar?
We have decided not to make that a requirement for participation in the ride. However, if after participating you find that this is your desire, proper direction can be given.