FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Please read through this page as well as the ‘Rider Information’ page or the ‘Sponsor Info’ page to find the answers to any of your questions. If you still have questions, use the ‘Contact Us‘ page to email your question or go to our facebook page to ask your question there. We will update this page as questions are asked.

 Q: What if I don’t have a bike?

A: Having a bike to ride is fairly crucial for this event! If you don’t have a bike, do your best to ask around and see if you can line one up yourself. If you’re still unable to find one to use, please send in a request with the form on the contact us page. We will try to connect anyone who needs a bike with those who are willing to lend out their bikes. If you have a bike that you would lend us, you can also let us know. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to connect you with a bike, so please try to line one up yourself.

We have a limited number of bikes we are able to lend to first year riders. Contact us if you are interested. We cannot guarantee a bike.
Guidelines we follow when selecting who to lend the bikes out to:
1)       bikes are available to first time participants on RFAR
2)       they are available on a first come first serve basis and subject to proper sizing availability
3)       limit of one bike per immediate family
4)       if a person qualifies and a proper sized bike is available, the person will need to register for the ride when notified of the availability

Q: Can I ride my mountain bike?

A: It is highly discouraged. Mountain bikes are not designed to be riden for the distance we will be travelling. It will be much more difficult to keep up with the rest of the riders if you are on a mountain bike. Please contact us if you plan on riding a mountain bike, as we would like to fully pursuade you into riding a proper road bike! We have had individuals insist they ride a mountain bike and they have been very disapointed in this choice. Again, good quality road bikes are the only suggested options for this ride.

Q: Can I bring a tent to sleep in?

A: No, you will not need it this year. We have stepped up accommodations and now provide hostel/hotel accommodations for all Riders and Support Crew.

Q: What if I can’t make it the whole way? Or get injured? Or if my bottom hurts too bad to go on?

A: We have support vehichles with us on the road with trained first aid providers. If you need anything at all they will help you out. You can put the bike in the truck and ride along in the vehichle if you need to. You will be taken care of.

Q: Do I need to bring any food or drinks?

A: No, but you can if you would like. We will be providing nutritious meals as well as snacks and drinks along the way. Please bring along one or two water bottles for your bike that you can fill in the mornings or at our pit stops along the way. If you have favorite snacks that you would like to have along with you on the ride, feel free to pack them along.

Q: Will I be the slowest rider?

A: Not likely (only a 2% chance that you will be the slowest), but even if you are, it doesn’t matter! It’s all about the journey and the adventure along the way. We’re all here to support one another. That being said, this is a physically and mentally challenging event and you will struggle at times. We recommend that riders are able to maintain 20 kms / hour for a sustained 100 kms. Please know your limitations as you may struggle during the ride if you are unprepared.

Q: How can I train for this?

A: Any physical activity that you do before the ride will help, but the best way to train is to get on your bike and ride! Other riders will be going on rides before the event and you can join up. Watch our facebook page for dates and times when groups will be riding.
ALSO, the YMCA has partnered with us again this year and has offered us three free months (March, April, May) of spin classes (indoor group cycling). They have 5 classes (lasting 50 minutes) a week that you can participate in. Spinning is a fun and effective way to train. We will also be having two movie nights where we ride as we watch a movie. There is no excuse this year not to train and be ready!

Q: How do we get to the start and back from the finish?

A: We will be taking a coach bus from the Evangelical Free Church in Lethbridge and the bikes will be taken in trailers to Banff on Friday, June 2nd. Do not be late for this bus or you will need to find your own way. We will also be making a stop in Aldersyde to pick up Riders from the Calgary area. If you would like to get to Banff on your own, that is fine, we just ask that you let us know. We will give you the address of where we will be staying.
After our finale in Aldersyde, we ask that everyone finds their own way home. We encourage your family and friends to come join us for a celebration meal and an exciting wrap up event to celebrate the amazing journey. You are responsible to get your bike and belonging back home.

Q: I heard you have flashy free jerseys that every rider will get, is this true?

A: Absolutely. We are excited to see you all riding in style with our 2017 RFAR jersey! Be sure to register early to guarantee your size. Register before April 15 to get your jersey!

Q: What size of jersey should I order? (Sizing Guide)

A: The jerseys fit tight, so we recommend ordering 1 or 2 sizes bigger than your normal shirts. Here is the sizing guide for you to make an informed decision. We cannot provide exchanges, so the size you request is the size you will be getting!

http://www.sugoi.com/en-ca/sizing-guide

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