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What is the Coast to Coast (C2C) Challenge to Conquer Cancer (C3)?

C3 is a 9 Day relay ride from San Diego, CA to Charleston, SC that raises money to find a cure for cancer and to improve survivorship.  A minimum of 10 riders are required to ensure this event is able to proceed.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a $250 fee for registration that covers cycling kit (jerseys, arm warmers and vest) 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 $4,000 and each support person must raise $2,000.  A new "Virtual Rider" category is required to 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 is a virtual rider?

A virtual rider is someone who does not go with the team on the 7 (or 2) day trip; however; they participate locally through either rides where they live, cancer related volunteer work or any other way the participant wants to spend their time during the time the team is on the road.

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.  Each team on the road has a team vehicle with them most of the time (depending on terrain, traffic and team requests).  Walkie-talkies are used by riders and support drivers to warn of unsafe conditions, traffic, etc. 

 

In addition, each event typically has had a 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 San Diego, CA and ends in Charleston, SC.  As a first time use route, there are bound to be some errors; however, we will learn from our mistakes and have fun the process!

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What is tentative schedule?

All personnel will fly from their location to San Diego, CA on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  The first team will start at midnight Wednesday night and the relay will continue until Friday, May 15, 2020.  All teams will ride together into Charleston, SC on Saturday, May 16.  A celebration dinner will be held that evening and all riders will depart (via their own transportation) on Sunday.

What is a typical day like?

There are typically 4-5 teams of 4-5 riders each.  There is a team on the road 24/7 with 6 hour segments for each team.  One team will ride six hours and then transition to another team.  The finishing team will get in their team vehicle and drive ahead to eat and find a hotel for the night.

Do you ride the same hours each day?

No, there is a rotating schedule.  Each rider will have 24 hours off between shifts and every 5th day you will have off.  As an example, if you are riding the noon to 6 PM shift today, tomorrow you would ride the 6 PM to midnight shift.

How are meals handled?

Typically, breakfast is eaten at the hotel (if your schedule allows).  Each rider is also provided with a daily stipend to pay for meals.  Because teams are on the road at different times there are no set schedules.

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 C2C event.