Dear Cycling and Volunteer Support Staff Applicant,
Please read the following information on the application process and requirements for participation in the Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour.
- Rider applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The registration deadline for cyclists is March 1 and the recommended fundraising deadline is April 1 so cyclists can focus their efforts on training.
- A $300 non-refundable registration fee must accompany the cyclists application form to secure your place on the tour (volunteer support staff are exempt from paying a registration fee). This $300 donation is eligible for a tax receipt and counts toward your fundraising target. (If someone other than yourself is providing this donation, please include their name(s) and address(es) for tax receipt purposes.)
- Fund Raising Dollars and Sponsorship dollars are accepted at any time. We strongly urge you to have your supporters donate online so that each cyclist will receive proper fundraising credit. They just need to go to www.seatosea.org and click on "Registered Cyclists" to donate directly on your donation page.
All applicants must return at least one signed Endorsement Form from your own church leadership with whom you have a relationship. Cyclists are encouraged to seek endorsement from more than one church. In this way, a greater number of congregations can be more meaningfully involved and cyclists have a larger community supporting them. All participants that will be joining us through Canada must provide a copy of your passport valid to February 2014. This would also be applicable for Canadians entering the United States at any point of the tour (cyclists or volunteer support staff).
Requirements to Participate as a Cyclist or Volunteer Support Staff
Must agree with, commit to, and support the purpose of the tour:
- To partner with supporting agencies to raise awareness and money to fight poverty around the world.
- Must commit to no alcohol or drugs at campsites, and reflect a healthy Christian lifestyle throughout the tour.
- Must be at least 18 years old by the start of the tour (June 21, 2013).
- Must have a valid passport valid through February, 2014 (six months beyond August, 2013) if traveling through Canada or if travelling from Canada into the United States.
- Must not have a police and/or criminal record.
- Must be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit.
- Cyclists must commit to have completed at least 1,000 training miles just prior to the tour (spring of 2013).
- Cyclists must be able to bike an average speed of 12 mph every riding day on flat roads, and must be able to cycle an average of 75 miles every day.
- Must have adequate medical insurance for travel in both Canada and the United States.
- Cyclists must provide your own bicycle, tent and related equipment.
- Volunteer Support Staff must provide your own tent and related equipment.
- Must provide own funds to cover travel costs to Los Angeles and home from New York City.
- Must check with your personal phone provider as to any cell phone fees that may incur within the United States and/or in Canada. (Most areas will have Wi-Fi access, but access is NOT guaranteed every night.)
- Cyclists must commit to reaching the fund-raising goal in pledges prior to the tour—by April 1, 2013 (see note *). The goal of the tour is to raise sufficient corporate sponsorship to cover the cost of each Volunteer Support Staff and each cyclist riding across the country as well as fixed expenses so that all of the funds raised by the cyclists will support the cause of “cycling to end poverty” for individuals, families and communities around the world. Should corporate sponsorship fall short, part of the funds raised will need to underwrite cost of participants. Anticipated weekly cost is $400 per week per person (cyclist or Volunteer Support Staff) so we rely heavily on corporate donations.
* Note: Deadline is set for April 2013 in order that cyclists can focus on their training schedule and not worry about fund raising.