FAQs

Fundraising

Is fundraising compulsory?

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Yes. Each rider must commit to fundraising a minimum of $3,000. By fundraising you will be contributing to our charity partner.The event is also fundraising for a number of community groups. 

All fundraising donations are tax deductible.

Where does my money go?

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The money raised from your fundraising efforts will go directly to our charity partners. Rider fundraising is supporting our core beneficiary, Boys to the Bush. 

Ride to Give is also supporting a number of local community groups via the generous support of our event sponsors.

We'll provide updates along the way of our fundraising progress and share our final figures at the end of the event so you can see the impact of your contribution. 

What support will I receive to fundraise?

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Your fundraising page is your main tool for raising funds. Your page has social sharing buttons with suggested wording for your posts. 

When you're logged into your account, you can use our template email to ask for support from family and friends.

Additionally, you have access to a range of social tiles, emails signatures, posters etc to share with your networks via the resources page.

Getting Started

Are there any additional costs for the Tour? What is included?

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Your registration fee includes:


4 night's accommodation: Checking in Saturday 18th May and final check out Wednesday 22nd May. Accommodation is at various accommodations, we will let you know your allocated hotel closer to the event. You will share with one/two people of the same gender. 

All meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea/snacks and dinner each evening.

Drinks: We provide drinks (water, soft-drinks, juice,coffee and tea) at all stops and at the end of the ride and during dinner we cover your first beer - the rest is on you. Our final night is full catered with a 3 course meal and drinks included.

Snacks: Energy gels, electrolytes, bananas and muesli bars are included each day too. 

Apparel: All riders recieve their rider kit (jersey and kicks) as well as a T-Shirt, socks and a rider bag. 

Entertainment: Our musician Bernie Segedin will keep us all entertained during the event. 

Photography: Our dedicated photographer will share the photos with us all after the event.


Not included: 

  • Flights/transport to/from Young. You need to get youself and your bike there and back. 
  • Alcoholic beverages on tour - beyond the first drink we provide each arvo/evening - the rest is on you. 
  • Bikes, Bike Bags, Helmets & bike accessories 
  • Any additional accommodation if you wish to stay on longer or arrive earlier. 

I’m not a serious cyclist, can I still take part? 

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Of course, we encourage anyone to join in, do their best and contribute to some life changing causes. Just make sure you train well ahead of the ride. You can join us at one of our regular riding meet ups, ride on your own or create your own riding group.

Do I need to ride the whole way? 

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You don’t have to complete the whole ride. But we do encourage you to ride as far as you can. Ride to Give is about challenging yourself, while supporting some amazing causes – and we’ll be there to help you along with support crews and volunteers. 

Do I need insurance?

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RTG is insured through and has been sanctioned by AusCycling (formerly Cycling Australia). A condition of this public liability insurance is that all participants in this event must hold a current membership with AusCycling (membership type is at each individual rider’s discretion). Monthly membership starts at $9 per month and all participants must ensure they have AusCycling Membership. You will need to provide us with your membership number prior to taking part in the Event .

Registration

When do registrations open?

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Registrations are open by invite only. We have reached our rider cap for the 2024 ride so if you would like to join the ride in future years please contact events@fdcbuilding.com.au to register your interest. 

How much does it cost to register?

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A registration fee of $1,385 per rider is required. This fee includes all accommodation, meals and rider kit. Registration fees also include the provision of all logistics, safety and medical support.
This fee is not tax deductible. 

Can I ride with a team?

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Yes, we’d love to encourage you to ride as a team and support each other while raising money for these worthy causes. If you’d like to ride with a team but you don’t have one, don’t worry. We’ll make sure your included in one. 

Preparing for the ride

Should I train? 

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Yes, we recommend getting in some regular ride time once you decide you want to participate. Just remember to give yourself rest days and look after yourself while preparing!  

To access training plans and more information on how to prepare for the ride please see our training resources here.

What type of bike do I need?

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Riders are required to have a road/race bike. No mountain bikes, e-bikes, hybrids, tandems or unicycles are permitted to enter. These restrictions apply to ensure riders within each group are able to maintain the same pace and aren’t disadvantaged or advantaged. Please ensure you have your bike professionally serviced prior to taking part in the ride. 

What gear do riders need to bring?

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It is compulsory to have your bike, bike lights, helmet and identification.  It is recommended that you bring sunglasses, waterbottles and a rain jacket.

At the very minimum, you’ll need:

  • A road bike
  • Helmet  
  • Drivers Licence / Identification  
  • Front and Rear Lights  
  • Sunglasses  
  • Water Bottle(s) 
  • Snacks
  • Gloves  
  • Wind Vest / Rain Jacket  
  • Spare Tube(s) / Flat Repair Kit  
  • Sunscreeen  
  • Mobile Phone 
  • Clothing to wear at our nightly group dinner
  • Toothbrush

What if I can't make the distance on the day?

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Each peloton is supported by a front and rear vehicle which can assist riders who need to be uplifted at any time. Additionally, we can utilise a mini-bus or coach, plus a truck, to transport riders and their bikes if mutliple people need uplifting for any reason.

How often do we stop during the day?

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The pelotons will stop several times per day. There is a break for morning tea and lunch each day.

You will need to carry two full water bottles to keep yourself hydrated. Water re-fills and snacks will be provided. 


Where do we stop each day? 

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A full itinerary will be provided closer to the event. 

How do I train for the ride? 

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We have prepared training plans and resources to help you prepare for the ride, head over to our training page for all of the information you need to prepare for the ride.

Can I see the itinerary for each day? 

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A detailed itinerary will be provided to all riders closer to the event.

How do I get to Young? 

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You are responsible for your own travel to/from Young, including your bike transportation. 

We do have a coach service available, departing from Canberra at midday Saturday 18 May. Please reach out for more details. 

Young is a 4 hour drive from Sydney, or 2 hour drive from Canberra.

What is the route? 

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In 2024, we will be mixing country and city in our travels.  We shall start in the regional town of Young, weaving our way through to Canberra.

Routes have been chosen for safety and convenience, with stops at places of interest, ensuring we connect with locals.  The peleton grading is matched with differing distances, so riders’ capabilities are considered for each day of the event.    

On Day 1, we ride in a south easterly direction towards Yass, via Harden for coffee and along the Burley Griffin way to Binalong for lunch.  P1 has a longer route on Day 1 than P2/3.

On Day 2, we do an inverted U, going north to Boorowa for coffee, then easterly to Crookwell for lunch and southerly to Goulburn.  P2/3 riders have the option of a (part or full) morning uplift to Boorowa.  

On Day 3, we ride in southerly direction towards Canberra, via Gunning and Gundaroo nd then westerly via Queanbeyan/Fyshwick, with coffee and lunch stops. 

The distance varies from 475kms for P1, to 375km for P3. The routes cater for all rider capabilities.

Can I listen to music while I ride? 

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Under no circumstances should anyone wear any ear piece devices that reduce, impair or limit their hearing. It’s an event condition and requirement of the Police and AusCycling that all riders can hear traffic and be able to hear instructions from their rider captains and fellow riders.

Can I access Strava files for the route?

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If you'd like the route on your bike, computer or in Strava all you need do is download these files to your device or app: 

Please
click here to download

We have slightly different routes for Peleton 1 on Day 1 and 3, with Day 2 being a consistent route for all. Naturally, we will review these routes just prior to the event, to account for any unknown issues such as roadworks, closures, etc.

How do I get my kit? 

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You will receive your kit when you arrive to Young on Saturday 18th May. 

Sydneysiders can pick up their kits from the FDC office, please email rebeccah@fdcbuilding.com.au to arrange. 

What is it like riding in a Peloton on tour? 

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 We ride in pelotons based on experience and ability.  There will be Ride to Give ride captains in each peloton, who are in radio contact with support cars that travel in front and the back of each peloton. Each peloton car is a fully supported safety vehicle with driver, navigator plus nutrition, medical and mechanical assistance.  

How will I know which Peloton I'm in?

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Please indicate your preference when you register and we will allocate based on your selection and your skill and fitness levels demonstrated on training rides. 

What bike helmet do I need? 

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All riders are required to wear a helmet meeting AS2063/NZ 2063 or equivalent. Helmets must have a manufacturers mark stating its compliance with the Standard and be in good condition. If your helmet is not approved or is damaged you will be asked not to ride with us on the training ride. 

Refer to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/standards/bicycle-helmets
Recommendation to replace helmet every 3-5 yrs regardless of condition.

Is there an event hashtag for social media? 

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Yes there sure is! 

#fdcridetogive 

Can I post on social media about the ride? 

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Yes please! 

If you use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram, we encourage you to regularly post your pre-ride training pics and comments, and your experiences on the Ride to keep your supporters/donors updated and involved.

General tips:

  • Use the #fdcridetogive hashtag across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and encourage your supporters, donors and fellow riders to do the same.
  • Tag your team members
  • @Mention FDC in your posts (@FDC_Group) and our charity partners @Boystothebush
  • Ask questions in your posts e.g. ‘Why am I participating in Ride to Give? Check out..
  • Like the RTG fundraising page, and always try to share the page.

Ideas for Posts:

  • ‘Behind the scenes’ training pics (photos of you training in an interesting location/on a group ride etc.). Be mindful that your pics reach far beyond your immediate contacts, so please double check before posting.
  • A ‘thank you’ to supporters/local businesses who are helping you/your team (ideally with their photo and tag.) 
  • A short (10-15 second) video from your smartphone of you talking about what has motivatedyou to become a part of the Ride.
  • ‘Real time’ images/videos when you are on the Ride. Once again, please be mindful of gaining permission.
  • Invite local residents to take snaps of the riding group and post, using the hashtag #fdcridetogive
Check out the resources page for social tiles and images you can share on your social media.

At FDC, we have been in business for over three decades. And while we’ve certainly grown, we’ve never lost sight of what matters most. People.

We’re continually inspired by our relationships, partnerships and collaborations. We’re a family business, powered by connection, working together for a better world. We pledge to help numerous causes that have made a personal impact to our people, families, partners or clients. To us, giving back to the wider community is not only our corporate social responsibility, but a hugely satisfying pursuit that has a positive impact on our employees and beyond. From fundraising events to sponsorships, we’re dedicated to leaving a legacy we can all be proud of.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year we ride across the land of the Wiradjuri, Ngunnawal, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Pajong, Parramarragoo and Cookmal peoples. We acknowledge and respect these living cultures and their peoples, as the traditional custodians of the land on which we ride and pay tribute to the unique role that they have played and continue to play in the region.