Virtual ride: A new spin on riding in Bike to Beat Cancer

Uneasy with roadway riding? Don’t own a bike? You can still be part of cycling to fight cancer

Bike to Beat Cancer is offering a new “virtual rider” option this year. It’s for anyone who wants to be part of the event but is unable to pedal the actual route.

Virtual riders may live out of town or feel uncomfortable riding on the road. They don’t even have to own a bike.

Virtual riders can compile their miles anywhere outside of the actual course. They can rack up miles along neighborhood routes, at home on a stationary bike or at a gym.

They have to complete their mileage anytime within a month of the event and can do it in segments. Virtual riders will have access to all of the training rides, fundraising tools and other benefits as other riders.

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Virtual riders who raise $400 (or $100 if you are a cancer survivor) will receive their choice of a Bike to Beat Cancer jersey or T-shirt. Virtual riders who are able to verify that they completed the distance of 35, 65 or 100 miles will receive an event medal.

There will be a Virtual Rider Spin Tent at the start/finish line at Norton Children’s Medical Center. Virtual riders can complete their miles in the tent while cheering on others rolling in from the course.

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