What is the Ride the Trace Challenge to Conquer Cancer (C3)?
This is an seven day bicycling event (5 days riding/2 days of driving) focused on raising funds to improve cancer survivorship. The event needs riders and support personnel (e.g. drivers, rest stop personnel, medics, etc).
Is there a registration fee?
Yes, there is a $275 fee for registration that covers cycling kit (jerseys and arm warmers) and general expenses of the organization.
Is there a fundraising requirement?
Yes, C3 exists to fund research and programs to improve survivorship. As such, each rider must raise $3,500 and each support person must raise $1,500. These goals are in addition to the registration fee. Fundraising can be completed through individual contributors, corporate sponsors and fundraising events.
Where is the money used?
Currently there are three organizations that benefit from C3 fundraising: Prisma Health Cancer Institute, Cancer Association of Anderson and Dempsey Center. Funds are used for survivorship programs, cancer prevention, transportation and infrastructure needs.
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, Challenge to Conquer Cancer is a registered 501(c)3.
What about safety?
As with any event taking place on open roads, there is a risk of accidents. That is why, on C3 events, rider safety is paramount to everything we do. We will have several support vehicles for the event as well as rest stops every 25-30 miles.
In addition, we try to have one medic on the ride. The medic, while not with the team each minute, is available to handle an emergencies that may arise.
In the end, it is our policy that the medic and team support have final say on rider safety (e.g. unsafe road conditions, medical decisions, etc).
What is the route?
The route starts outside Natchez, MS and ends in Nashville, TN and covers the entire Natchez Trace Parkway.
What is tentative schedule?
All participants from Greenville, SC will leave on Saturday, April 23, 2022 to drive to Natchez, MS. The ride will take place Sunday through Friday with participants returning home on Saturday, April 30.
What is a typical day like?
All participants will start together each day at 9 AM. Each participant will cover the daily route at their own speed; however, we encourage small groups to form so no one rides alone. The daily route will vary from 75-105 miles depending on the terrain and will require from 4-6 hours to cover.
Do you ride the same hours each day?
Yes, each day will start at 9 AM. The ending time will depend on your riding speed.
How are meals handled?
Breakfast is eaten at the hotel. Riders will provide their own specific on-the-bike nutrition; however, C3 will provide PBJs, Gatorade and other basic rest stop food.
Where do we spend the night?
All participants will stay in hotels each night. All hotels are paid for by C3.
Are there requirements for riders?
All riders should be able to ride at least 6 hours over varying terrain. While a new route, C3 has had riders between 18 - 70+ years old complete other editions. While challenging, the ride is manageable by all riders. Remember, this is not a race. The only other requirement is to raise the required funds.
Is there training available to get me ready for the ride?
Absolutely. A full training plan will be available to take any level of rider and help them get ready for the Trace event.