Climate Ride FAQs

What is Team LACBC?

A fun-loving, mutually-supportive group that rides under the auspices of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Operating under the motto, “Push It!” Team LACBC exists to raise money and awareness for the coalition’s mission while also nurturing your riding and fitness goals within a socially dynamic team framework. Team LACBC trains together and participates in a variety of activities throughout the year.  Our signature event is Climate Ride California, an unforgettable bucket-list experience.

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What is Climate Ride California?

A 5-day, 325-mile charity cycling adventure that explores the stunning Northern  California Coast from Eureka to San Francisco with stops such as Avenue of the Giants, Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Tomales Bay, and Stinson Beach along the way. . The event takes place May 20-24, 2018. .

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Does Climate Ride Offer Other Experiences?

Yes! Climate Ride’s calendar includes rides in other parts of the country, such as Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, as well as global destinations. . They even offer exotic experiences like a multi-day hike in Glacier National Park or a bike ride in the Himalayas! . While Climate Ride California is our main destination, you may also represent LACBC as a team member at any other Climate Ride event. See below for instructions on how to join the team.


Where Can I Learn More About the California North Coast Route?

Right here. Scroll down to the  “Day-by-Day Information” section.


Do they Feed Me?

Yes, and then some. Between all the official pit stops and three square meals, you’ll not go wanting.


Is Climate Ride a “Dry” Event?

No, it’s not. Though, of course, drinking on the route is never advised! However, you are free to purchase alcoholic beverages on the road and toss it in the support van to be brought back to camp. Past rides have even included an official stop at a sustainable vineyard and tasting room.


Who does Climate Ride Benefit?

Climate Ride benefits numerous agencies doing inspired work to combat Climate Change and tackle the tough environmental issues of the day.


How does it Benefit LACBC and/or my Local Chapter?

LACBC is an officially recognized beneficiary of Climate Ride California. When you join Team LACBC, most of the money you raise comes back to LACBC to help transform our neighborhoods. If you are riding for a local chapter, your chapter will receive 50% of the money received by LACBC due to your participation. Note, to insure this happens, you must designate LACBC as your sole beneficiary when registering for the ride.


What is Team LACBC’s Diversity Program?

We’re asking the community to help us make our team more diverse and better representative of the neighborhoods LACBC serves. Please note that riders chosen for this program may not fundraise for a local chapter. Nominations are typically due by mid-February. Contact climateride@la-bike.org for further details.


How do I Join Team LACBC?

Signing up is easy!  Just register for any Climate Ride event as a member of Team LACBC.  Follow these steps:

1) Choose a 2018 Climate Ride event (click on link)

2) Keep “Team LACBC” as your team (it will be pre-selected)

3) When prompted, select “Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition” as your SOLE beneficiary.

4) Enter code “LACBC” at checkout to receive a discount on registration.

5) We will be notified by Climate Ride once your registration has been completed and will be in touch shortly with more info and an official team welcome!

Questions?  Contact Marc Horwitz at climateride@la-bike.org or 310-497-6175.


How Much Money Do I Have to Raise?

Climate Ride asks each rider to raise at least $3000 in order to qualify for the event. It’s not as hard as you might think. With the advice and tools Climate Ride gives you (including your own online fundraising page) and guidance of our team, it’s highly likely you will meet and exceed the minimum requirement! Once you commit and tell people what you’re doing, you’ll be amazed at how inspired your friends and community will be to support you.


Are there Perks for Me?

Perks galore, actually! And you get them from two different sources — Team LACBC and Climate Ride. For starters, every team member is supplied with both an official Climate Ride California 2018 Jersey and a spiffy Team LACBC jersey (the latter, sporting your name!). But there’s much more, all attainable given your fundraising levels. For Team Perks, info is coming soon. For Climate Ride perks, check here.


Are there Perks for My Donors?

Again, the answer is absolutely! Starting with a Free Membership to LACBC and all the way up to being a “Presenting Sponsor.” Note, for $200 or more your donors can have their names on the back of our team jersey!


Do I Have to Train?

The short answer is “probably.” It all depends on your current fitness level. But training can be one of the most rewarding parts of the experience. Going on team training rides is a great way to get in shape, learn riding tips, and bond with fellow team members. Your friends and supporters are welcome to ride with the team too! Get the scoop on weekly rides at the Team LACBC Facebook Page. There will also be training ride announcements each week in the LACBC newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter on the LACBC website.


How Hard is Climate Ride California?

The Northern California coast route is plenty challenging for most of us cycling mortals. Which is good news, right? Conquering this route will definitely be a notch on your cycling belt … and for some of us, even a new pinnacle of cycling achievement. But here’s more good news: Climate Ride is a ride, not a race. The route is open all day and you’re free to take it at your own speed. Chill out and smell the roses or crush it with the hammerheads up front. Totally your call. And if you want to stop pedaling, that’s okay too. SAG support will pick you up at any point and escort you back to camp. No questions. No judgment. In the end, you get to do Climate Ride your way.


How Many Miles Per Day?

Mileage varies from 40 miles to a full (optional) century on Day #3. here are shorter options available for each ay plus SAG support. Do every inch of road or as much as you like!


What Do I Need to Bring With Me?

Once you sign up, Climate Ride provides you with a comprehensive list of items. But the main ingredients are your bike/gear, clothing for riding and camping, and a tent plus sleeping bag. If you don’t have a tent, we can help you find one at a reasonable cost. Or potentially pair you up with somebody who has room to spare.


How Do I Get to the Ride?

You’ll need to find your way to San Francisco first thing in the morning on May 19  and then back home from San Francisco  when the ride concludes on May 24. (Note, May 19 is a travel day where Climate Ride shuttles us up to the ride start in Fortuna, CA.) To make things easier for our riders, this year Team LACBC may be offering a shuttle service to and from the ride. In addition, we’re exploring group options for lodging in San Francisco the night of May 18. We’ll fill you in once you join the team.


What are the Fees?

1) Registration for Climate Ride California is $100, or $75 with the team discount code (per above) if you register by January 1, 2018.

2) After January 1, 2018, the fee is $150, or $112 with the team discount code.


Any Other Expenses?

Other factors include transportation from the ride plus your particular equipment needs. Note, with all the food provided and camping fees covered, theoretically you don’t have to fork out one dime during the ride itself! That being said, you can never go wrong with a little spending money.


Should I Do It?

Do you relish a challenge? Do you like having peak life experiences? Do you enjoy pedaling through landscapes of unspeakable beauty? Are you willing to inspire and be inspired by others? Perhaps make a new friend or three? Help make our neighborhoods safer and more bicycle friendly? Not that we’re inclined to answer a question with a question or anything.

Speaking of questions, we’re happy to answer any and all you might have.  Scroll down for all the ways you can reach us.


How Do I Connect with Team LACBC? 

Team LACBC Coordinator: Marc Horwitz • climateride@la-bike.org • 310-497-6175

Training Captain: Wayne “Ridetime” Howard • ridetimecycling@yahoo.com

Climate Ride CA 2018 Captain: Greg Heining • gregheining@gmail.com

Climate Ride Nova Scotia 2018 Captain: Tish Laemmle • nancytishkofflaemmle@gmail.com


How Do I Find the Team on Social Media?

Follow us on Facebook! Check our page to get all the team-related news and Training Ride updates.


Questions? Contact ClimateRide@la-bike.org