2017 Cure the Cycle Challenge

Cure the Cycle Challenge

How to Register as a Challenge or Virtual Rider

You may register either as a Challenge Rider or as a Virtual Rider. REGISTER EARLY - Challenge Rider spots are limited to 80 riders.

1.  Challenge Rider: You are cycling at the event in Napa Valley, California on Sunday, August 20, 2017. The Cure the Cycle Challenge is an official part of the 41st Annual Tour of Napa Ride. You can choose to ride 100, 65, 40 (mildly hilly) or 35 (flat) mile route (maps and descriptions).  Relax post-ride and enjoy the famous BBQ picnic, live music and even a little wine tasting! To register to ride and create a personal fundraising page, Click Register to Ride on the home page menu.

2.  Virtual Rider: A Virtual Rider is anyone who is passionate about supporting the fight to conquer urea cycle disorders or identifies with our cause, but cannot attend the event-day ride in Napa in person.  By joining us in spirit — virtually — on Challenge day you can make an impact and raise awareness of urea cycle disorders!  You'll create a personal fundraising page on this site to raise UCD awareness and funds to support the cause (scroll down for Virtual Rider Inspiration!). Click the Be a Virtual Rider on the home page menu.

Important info:

  • Download the Virtual Rider Guide with easy step-by-step instructions on how to participate as a Virtual Rider and/or setup Virtual Teams.  For inspiration, see 9 easy ways to participate below.
  • Download the Challenge Rider Guide with instructions on participating as a Challenge Rider at the event and joining a team.
  • Your personal information will be stored securely. Only information you authorize will appear on your personal fundraising page. 
  • You may collect offline donations by check to be mailed to NUCDF (Please instruct your donors to make checks payable to NUCDF). Please use the downloadable/printable Pledge/Donor Form to keep track of your donors and their donations so that they can be properly thanked and acknowledged.
  • Please assure your donors that any credit card information they enter when making a pledge is secure. Our site uses secure PayPal Pro merchant services to process their donation.

Essential Guides and Information

Event Brochure/Flyer - Downloadable pdf for printing or emailing
Event Day Logistics/Directions
Challenge  Rider Guide  (setting up your fundraising page)
Virtual Rider Guide  (setting up your fundraising page)
Donation Forms (for mailing offline donations)
Route Maps (All)

GPS Route Maps and Directions

  • 100 Mile Route Map, Directions  Climbs on the east and west sides of the Valley through grand redwoods and vast vistas with 5,800 feet of climbing that gives you the complete Napa experience, manicured rows of vines, rocky outcrops and horse country. Add Lake Hennessey, Lake Berryessa, and the iconic Ink Grade, and a couple of fun downhill runs. No Mt. Veeder this year -- this year, the century route will go out the same direction as the 65 mile route, then pick up Dry Creek Road and Oakville Grade near the end. See the 100 mile map regarding this year's route.

  • 65 Mile Route Map, Directions  Wineries and vineyards give way to farmscapes as you pass Lake Hennessey and roll through Pope Valley (where you join the 100 mile route) before a tough climb up Ink Grade. Descend Howell Mountain for seven miles to St. Helena, Silverado Trail, and Yountville. 3550' of climbing.

  • 40 Mile Route Map, Directions  Venture from the vines of the Valley floor to the shores of Lake Hennessey, rise through Sage Canyon, and return via picture-perfect Chiles Canyon. Plenty of wineries, too. 1750' of climbing.

  • 35 Mile Route Map, Directions   A true Napa experience through beautiful vineyards and well-known wineries. Relatively flat, with very few easy hills. 1175 feet of climbing.


Virtual Rider Inspiration

Even if you can’t be with us in Napa, anyone can participate in the 7th Annual Cure the Cycle Challenge!  Here’s some inspiration!

A Virtual Rider is anyone who is passionate about supporting the fight to conquer urea cycle disorders or identifies with our cause, but cannot attend the event-day ride in Napa in person.  By joining us in spirit — virtually — on Challenge day you can make an impact and raise awareness of urea cycle disorders!

  1. Walk, run or bike around your neighborhood, a park, or at a school.  You can do these activities as a family, with friends, or as an individual.  Ask your friends and family to donate on your personal Challenge fundraising page, and ask them to ask two of their friends, and so on and so on.  Not everyone will be able to donate, but you will raise awareness!
     
  2. Set up a Challenge “a-thon” or relay race at your church or local school. Your supporters can walk, run, bike (even bowl!) and help you raise funds and awareness.
     
  3. Form a virtual team with your coworkers and challenge them to see who can raise the most donations.  Watch your team goal thermometer rise and think about how much awareness is being raised whenever anyone visits your team page.
     
  4. Belong to a club? Tell your members about the Challenge and brainstorm about ways the club can participate.  Maybe it’s a cycling, car or motorcycle club and you can all go for a ride on Challenge day.  Challenge another club and compete to see who can raise the most donations.
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