What is the date for Bike to the Beat 2017?
It will take place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.
How do I sign-up for the ride?
Fill out the Active website registration. You can also register by mailing in this downloadable PDF.
Fox Communities Credit Union
ATTN: Bike to the Beat
3401 E. Calumet Street
Appleton, WI 54915
Is the entire course paved?
Yes, all trails and roads in the course are paved. There is no gravel.
How safe is the ride?
We will have a fully trained paramedics team throughout the course who are specialized in dealing with medical situations with our event. The ride has marshals spread out across the ride to look after and help the riders through their journey. We ensure that there are breaks spaced out for riders to take a rest.
How is the ride supported, for example: Food, drink stations?
We have six food and beverage stations throughout the route, along with food and beverages at 820 S Olde Oneida St in Appleton (CBC Coating), at the end of the ride. Check out more information about the Bike to the Beat course.
What if I get tired on the bike ride? Are there facilities for a break on the route?
Yes, there are plenty of stops along the course if you wish to take a break. All riders will also receive phone numbers to call, in case they're unable to complete the ride.
Will there be someone to look at my bike in case of mechanical failure on the route?
Yes, bike mechanics are available on route but as a rider it is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is road worthy. Repairs will be basic, for example: Air, brakes and gear checks which will be carried out at the food/music stations. If you are unable to complete the ride with your bike, you can call one of the phone numbers (will be provided at ride time) to request a course transport vehicle to pick you up.
I don't own a bike but I'd really like to participate. Can I rent one for the day?
Definitely! There are some local bike shops that do rent bicycles. You can give the Appleton Bicycle Shop a try.
Do I need to wear a helmet during the ride?
YES! For your safety, helmets are required and must be worn at all times while you are cycling. We recommend that you visit your local cycling shop as they will be able to advise you on the correct sized helmet to fit your head comfortably.
But seriously... are helmets REALLY required?
YES! We are strict on this rule. You will not be allowed to participate in Bike to the Beat without a helmet. All passengers must have a helmet, too (kids riding in trailers, carriers, etc.).
Can bicyclists have their child(ren) ride in a bike seat, bike trailer, or trailer bike?
Certainly! But remember, everyone must be wearing a helmet.
What is the minimum age for entry?
There is no minimum age to participate - families are welcome! Note: be sure to register every participant in your group/family if they’d like a t-shirt. This includes kids riding in a bike seat, bike trailer, or trailer bike.
When and where is packet pickup?
Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 11AM – 6:30PM
Location: CBC Coating: 820 S. Olde Oneida St, Appleton WI 54915
You may also pick up your packet on ride day (August 5th) from 6AM – 9 AM at CBC Coating.
Are dogs/pets allowed to participate with riders?
No, for the safety of everyone participating in the event, animals will not be allowed.
Where can I park my car for Bike to the Beat?
Please see our parking map. For parking in Downtown Appleton, please see this guide.
What kind of food will be available throughout the course?
Food will vary from station to station and will include bagels, muffins, cheese, sausage, chicken wings, sub sandwiches, ice cream, and more! Food items are subject to change without notice.
Will the ride still go on if there is inclement weather?
Unfortunately, there is no rain date and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
How do I become a volunteer for Bike to the Beat?
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us!
Are jerseys still available for purchase?
The last day to place jersey orders was May 5, 2017. We *hope* to have additional jerseys available for purchase at packet pick-up on August 4th/5th.
I ordered a cycling jersey. When will I receive it?
Jerseys will be ready for packet pick-up on August 4th/5th.
Are recumbent bikes allowed?
Yes! The only bikes not allowed are motorized bicycles. However, battery assisted bicycles are fine, if needed for medical reasons.