Pablove Across America 2022 FAQ

March 15, 2022

PABLOVE ACROSS AMERICA 2022

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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About registration:

What are the dates?

PAA 2022 will take place August 29 – September 2, 2022. This year’s event will take place in Boulder and Vail, Colorado. We’re producing an epic two-prong hub + spoke ride experience for you. 

Here’s our itinerary:

  -August 28th — Welcome to Boulder

  -August 29-31st — Riding out of Boulder

  -September 1st — Transfer and ride into Vail

  -September 2nd — Loop out of Vail

  -September 3rd — Departure from Vail

 

What is the cost to register? 

Each five-day rider must pay a $100 registration fee at the time of registration.

 

Is there a registration deadline? 

Yes. Registration for 5-day and 1-day riders is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for 5-day riders is July 31, 2022, but the ride may sell out well before that deadline.

 

Is there a cancellation deadline? 

Yes. If you need to withdraw your participation, please do so by June 11, 2022. This date correlates with the schedule of cancellation penalty payments to our vendors.  We obviously want to avoid penalties. We may need to ask you to pay for the cancellation fees if you cancel after June 11, 2022. 

 

Is there a minimum age to register? 

Yes. 5-day riders must be 18 years of age or older.  We are open to making a case-by-case decision on minimum age requirements for 1-day riders. 

 

Are there different rider options for PAA 2022? 

Yes. One can ride the full 5 days with the peloton or opt to ride just a day or two depending on space availability. Preference will be given to 5-day riders. Registration for 1-day participation will open in June 2022, maybe earlier.

 

Is it possible to bring along a traveling companion on PAA? 

Yes. You may bring along someone provided you pay the appropriate fees for their hotel accommodations and their meals. This information is provided during the registration process. Depending on your preferences, some destinations are within walking distance from the hotel and we may also have some cruisers to use to get to nearby shopping. If you choose to bring a travel companion and/or family, please make prior arrangements no later than June 18, 2022. Contact Jono at jonathan@pablove.org or 480-612-3634 for more details.

 

About fundraising:

 

Is there a fundraising requirement for participants? 

Yes. Each PAA rider must raise a minimum of $7,500 to participate in our 5-day ride. There are no exceptions. In the event that you do not meet the minimum fundraising requirement by August 1, 2022, The Pablove Foundation has the authority to and will charge your credit card for the remaining balance. If you continue to fundraise after your credit card has been processed with the remaining balance, The Pablove Foundation will reimburse your card only upon written request. Funds charged to your card will be reimbursed via check in early January 2022 only if you request the refund by December 31, 2022. No reimbursements will be processed after December 31st, 2022. All donations processed by The Pablove Foundation are non-refundable and non-transferable, even if you do not participate in the event. The registration fee is also non-refundable, non-transferable, and not tax deductible.

 

What should donors do if they want to donate by check (by mail)?

It is extremely helpful if your donor downloads this Pablove Donor Form and mail it in along with their check so that it gets routed to the PAA department for processing. Please make all checks payable to The Pablove Foundation. All donations should be mailed to this *NEW* address:

 

The Pablove Foundation

3255 Cahuenga Blvd West, Suite 210

Los Angeles, CA 90068

 

The only way we will know that a mail-in contribution was made on your behalf is if the donor includes a note stating so, or if they write your name in the memo line of the check. Therefore, including the Pablove Donor Form is important. 

 

When will I receive my fundraising incentives?

Unless otherwise announced, and if you have met a fundraising milestone by August 1, you will receive the corresponding incentives upon arrival at the ride. You are encouraged to continue fundraising during the ride itself, as this can be the most effective time to rally for donations as you post live updates from the road. All remaining incentives will be calculated on your fundraising total as of September 30, 2022 and will be mailed to you ASAP. 

 

When is the top fundraiser announced?

The top fundraiser is determined based on the rider who has raised the highest dollar amount as of October 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The winner will be announced on November 4, 2022.

 

How long do I have to fundraise?

We would love for you to fundraise towards your goal until December 31, 2022. Funds charged to your card will be reimbursed via check in early January 2022 only if you request the refund by December 31, 2022.

 

About planning and preparations:

 

What is provided for me on the ride? What expenses should I expect? 

  • We provide a professional grade experience, including bike mechanic and soigneur (massage therapist) services, nutritious meals and on-bike food and drink, and double-occupancy hotel rooms for 5-day and 6-day riders. 
  • All riders will be provided with a Pablove cycling kit (short-sleeve jersey/bib shorts) when their fundraising reaches $5,000, or upon arrival in Boulder.

 

All registered cyclists are responsible for the logistics and costs of their own personal travel and bike shipping to and from the start and end points of the ride week or day. If you prefer a single room during the ride, you must pay in advance for a room upgrade. All hotel accommodations and meals will be provided to participants and crew during the ride. Pablove will be covering double-occupancy lodging for all riders beginning on Sunday, August 29 and ending on September 3 (a total of six nights).  

 

Is the five-day ride appropriate for novice riders? 

Generally speaking, the 5-day ride is not for beginning riders. However, with the appropriate amount of training over the months leading up to the ride, one can attain the necessary skills to ride on PAA. To participate you must be able to: comfortably ride 350 to 450 miles in five days, complete a century (100 miles) in eight hours, draft behind other riders, work with several other riders in a pace-line formation at speeds ranging from 15 to 25 miles per hour, and have experience riding in the rain. Riders are grouped into 4 different groups with other riders who best match their skill level and at least one lead rider to guide them on the road. If you have questions or concerns about your current skill-level please contact jonathan@pablove.org 

 

Is there a training schedule? 

Yes. Our training schedule and personalized coaching is a perk of joining the ride. All riders can access a training program specifically designed for the 2022 Pablove Across America ride. Riders will develop the endurance, strength, and skills needed to have a successful ride with Pablove.  We have put a lot of effort into this year’s plan and we strongly encourage you to contact Jonathan Devich, Director of Pablove Sports at jonathan@pablove.org or 480.612.3634 for access and additional information. 

 

About the ride itself:

Is there an opportunity to do laundry during your stay?

We collect riding gear each day that needs to be washed and we return it to you the next day. You will be provided with a washable laundry bag with your name on it. Please note, we only wash gear in cold water and we do not run it through a dryer. Please bring enough gear to get you through a couple of days at least to allow time for washed gear to hang dry in your room.

Tires and Tubes. While this ride is fully supported, you can help us out greatly by making sure you have some spares with you for the week, as this saves everyone a bit of time and it helps to avoid unnecessary problems: 

Tires – Each rider is encouraged to bring one spare of their own preferred model. Tubes – Each rider should bring at least four tubes in preferred valve length for the wheels. Please check the packing list provided in the Pablove Across America handbook.

Have you considered COVID-19 health and safety concerns?

Pablove cares about your health and your well being.  Correspondingly, we created a workgroup to help us plan how we best keep our riders, their guests, our contractors and staff safe during PAA 2022.  For your reference, we posted the PAA 2021 guidelines here. These will be updated periodically.

Is there a health insurance requirement to participate in the ride? 

While we cannot require you to hold personal health insurance, we highly recommend that all participants maintain personal health insurance coverage. You will be required to submit a copy of your state-issued ID and valid insurance card to The Pablove Foundation to participate in the ride.

How do you choose the route for Pablove Across America? I want you to come to my city next year! 

The Pablove Foundation chooses a unique route every year that allows us to spread awareness about childhood cancer throughout new communities and offer our riders a high-quality ride experience. If you want to participate in one of our events but are prohibited due to distance, please consider participating as a Virtual Rider. There is no cost to participate as a Virtual Rider and there is no fundraising minimum. More information can be found at: pablove.org/paa

 

About communications/social media:

What are the Pablove Across America hashtags?

#pabloveacrossamerica 

#pablovecycling 

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