Frequently Asked Questions

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


Is Gears for Good 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 156 miles over three days on a gravel surface is not to 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 recruit your friends and family to ride with you! 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.


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 National Ride we have a minimum fundraising goal of $1,000.  100% of the funds raised by our riders goes to 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 adjusted for the safety of all riders. 


Where will we stay for the weekend and how do I make arrangements for my stay?

This ride is a fully supported ride led by Get Out and Go Tours.  Gear shuttle, lodging, meals, cue cards, and mechanical support -- all included. When you register, you will be asked whether you are willing to share a room or if you wish to have a single room (at an additional cost).

How much will it cost me for hotel and food for the weekend?

Hotel accommodations, meals, and snacks along the trail are included in your minimum fundraising. If you wish to pay for your own room, we would welcome your contribution. Please contact us at to make arrangements.

What should I bring?

  • A poncho or some type of rain gear in case of rain
  • Layers. Late September in this area can be cool and humid in the morning and quite warm by the afternoon
  • Sunglasses
  • Allergy medicine if needed
  • Your most comfortable "padded" bike shorts
  • If renting, consider bringing your seat (optional)
  • Head lamp or flashlight

Do I have to bring my bike?

No, you don’t, unless you really want to! Hybrid bikes (along with helmets) are available for rental through Get Out and Go Tours. You will be able to indicate your preference when you register.

Will there be rest stops on the routes?

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


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 DC area and would like to help out, contact us at  We will find a way for you to help!


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 National 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, 999 N. Capitol St. NE, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20002,

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