Frequently Asked Questions

As we are asked questions, we'll post the most frequently asked ones here. Here are a few:

THE RIDE:

Is Gears for Good Ohio a cycling race and should I train to make the ride?

Gears for Good is not a cycling race - participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace. We’re sure you will find someone with whom you can enjoy the ride!

While it is not a race, covering up to 50 miles in one day, should not be taken lightly.  We recommend getting out on your bike as soon as the weather permits and start logging some miles.  While there are many resources for training schedules - HFA has created the Get in Gear app which can be downloaded to iPhones, iPads and Droid devices. This application encourages people to maintain and grow their exercising goals. We encourage you to download it and track the miles you ride during your training with this application.

How can my family and friends participate?

We invite you to form a TEAM of up to six people. Recruit family members, friends, and co-workers to ride with you!  The Bike Aboard option makes it easy for novice to experienced riders to join you.  Hop on and off the train with your bike at many stops along the Towpath Trail.  If they don't want to ride though, they can support you by making a donation through your personal page, becoming a virtual rider, or coming to cheer for you on ride day! 

What is a virtual rider?

Someone who is unable to ride, but wants to support Gears for Good, can register as a virtual rider. As a virtual rider, they can set up their own personal fundraising page and begin raising funds to support Helping Hands. To become a virtual rider, click on the Register link, click Join as a New Participant; choose Virtual Rider in Participation Options, and begin the registration process.

REGISTRATION/FUNDRAISING:

Am I required to fundraise?

We encourage all participants to help support us by setting up a personal page when you register, and by encouraging friends and family to "sponsor" you on your ride.  For the Northern Ohio ride, we have a minimum fundraising goal of $100 per rider  -  meaning a team of six would have a suggested minimum goal of $600.  Your fundraising efforts will help support families facing financial crises as a result of bleeding disorders.

What happens in the event of severe weather on ride day?

The event will take place rain or shine! If the weather becomes too severe, the ride will be cancelled for the safety of all riders. 


ACCOMMODATIONS:

What if I choose to stay in the Cleveland area before or after the ride?

We have plenty of hotel space in the Independence / Cleveland area and would be happy to help you make those arrangements.  The cost of the room will be the responsibility of the rider.  Contact the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation for more information: (216) 834-0051.

What should I bring?

  • A poncho or some type of rain gear in case of rain
  • Layers. Mid October in Cleveland can be cool in the morning and warm by the afternoon
  • Sunglasses
  • Allergy medicine if needed
  • Your most comfortable "padded" bike shorts
  • If renting, consider bringing your seat (optional)
  • Camera.  A picture can say a thousand words and this time of the year is “peak” fall colors in Cleveland.  Enjoy nature at her most beautiful!

Do I have to bring my bike?

No, you don’t, unless you really want to! Bikes (along with helmets) are available for rental through a local bike shop. You will be able to indicate your need when you register.

How does the Bike Aboard work?

Not sure you can ride the full 50 miles?  Do you have family or friends who want to ride a portion, but still want to be there at the finish?  This option is for YOU!  There are five Bike Aboard train stops along the trail where you can hop on / off the train with your bike.  Before the start of the event, riders wishing to utilize the train will be given two Bike Aborad tickets and a train schedule with northbound and southbound times at each stop. Please plan your trip accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO TRAIN SERVICE past the Akron stop.  For those riders who plan to participate in the FULL 50 mile ride, you will continue on past Akron.  Your turnaround will be the Willbeth Road trailhead.  There will be a water stop at that turnaround to help start your return trip.   

START: Brecksville – Boston Mills 

4.25 miles

Boston Mills - Peninsula

2.5 miles

Peninsula – Indigo Lake  

4 miles

Indigo Lake – Botzum   

3 miles

Botzum Botzum – Big Bend  

3.5 miles

Big Bend – Akron Northside (TURN for 40 mile riders)

3 miles

Akron Northside – Willbeth Road – NO TRAIN SERVICE 

4.55 miles

 Will there be rest stops on the routes?

Yes! We will have several stops along the routes for water, snacks, and restroom breaks.


VOLUNTEERS:

I don't ride, but would like to help! How can I volunteer?

We love to hear that people want to support Gears for Good and HFA! If you are in the Cleveland, Ohio area and would like to help out, contact Dawn Evans at dawn@nohf.org. We will find a way for you to help!


DONORS:

I want to make a general donation through this event, what do I do?

Donors are welcome to make a general donation to help support our Gears for Good Ohio ride, by going to the Donate tab at the top of our home page or click on the "Make a Gift" button in the middle of the page near our event thermometer.

I want my donation to support a rider or a team, what do I do?

You can search for an individual rider or a team on our home page, and donate in support of them!

Can I mail you a check or call to make my donation?

Of course! Donations may be made payable to Hemophilia Federation of America and mailed to:

Hemophilia Federation of America, 820 First St. NE, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20002,

You can also call us during regular business hours at (202) 675-6984.

 

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