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Old 01-06-14, 09:43 AM   #1
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TDC Fundraising

I'm asking in here because I noticed a lot of us make this ride...

I'm getting ready to register for TDC Memphis. Not sure if I am doing the 40 or the 62 and the 110 is right out! I have 2 questions that maybe y'all can answer.

1) how does the fundraising work? Do people give me $$ and I turn it in, or do they go to the site and do it that way?

2) is it possible to change rides? I'm thinking 40 since 24.5 is my long ride so far, but I may be feeling the 62 come May.

Thanks in advance! (feel free to throw this to fundraising if it needs to go)
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Old 01-06-14, 10:28 AM   #2
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1) how does the fundraising work? Do people give me $$ and I turn it in, or do they go to the site and do it that way?
When I did the ride a few years ago, people donated via a website.

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2) is it possible to change rides? I'm thinking 40 since 24.5 is my long ride so far, but I may be feeling the 62 come May.
When I did the ride, nobody at the event really seemed to care which ride you were officially signed up for. With that said, I'd suggest signing up for the longest ride you might want to do. The organizers may use the sign-up data to determine how to stock the aid stations. When I did the ride a couple of years ago, several stations were running very low on supplies toward the end of the day. For that reason, I'd suggest you bring at least some of your own provisions...
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^^^ I had the same experiences as sstorkel with the TDC ride in Philly last year. Also here is an interesting thread on TDC... http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...4-Tour-de-Cure
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For many years I was fortunate enough to work for a company which donated the minimum requirement for me. You might want to check if your place of employment might do the same. Anything else that I raised was icing on the cake. Now I provide the minimum donation (and take a tax write-off) and, again, anything else that I raised is icing on the cake.
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You create a Personal Page on the TDC site. Then e-mail it for anyone you want.

They won't and don't care how far you ride.
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Sweet! Thanks for all the replies.

JerrySTL: I've already reached out to our HR Dept. I'm allowed to ask people in a face-to-face manner, but I am not allowed to email-bomb the company (which I have no probs with). Oddly enough, our home office is up in your neck of the woods.
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A bunch of us did the TDC ride in Long Beach last year and different routes had different color jersey numbers but I wouldn't promise that it really affected anything.

Sign up for a long one and then train for it - nothing quite as motivating as having a goal.

I didn't realize it at the time but people can turn money in to you and you can send it to the TDC for "credit". Otherwise they can just go to your TDC personal landing page and use their credit card.

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If it works like other charity rides, you set up online donations on your own personal TDC page which you set up when you register, and they may send you a packet with a form to list individual donations to you personally, which you mail in along with the checks.
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I'm asking in here because I noticed a lot of us make this ride...

I'm getting ready to register for TDC Memphis. Not sure if I am doing the 40 or the 62 and the 110 is right out! I have 2 questions that maybe y'all can answer.

1) how does the fundraising work? Do people give me $$ and I turn it in, or do they go to the site and do it that way?

2) is it possible to change rides? I'm thinking 40 since 24.5 is my long ride so far, but I may be feeling the 62 come May.

Thanks in advance! (feel free to throw this to fundraising if it needs to go)
Rick
Answer 1) Either. You can accept check or cash donations and enter them online yourself, then bring the money in an envelope (convert the cash to a bank check or money order) to the check in. You should get an envelope and some other materials in a package some time before the ride. If you go to the TdC website and find your ride, there is a tutorial on setting up a webpage for donations. It is fairly simple and there is a toll-free phone line if you need help. Once the webpage is set up, you can add content and people can make donations with a credit card. I get about a 50/50 mix of online and cash donors and raise $1,500 -$2,500 each year. Those who register early for the ride get an In-Training t-shirt. I wore this and rode my bike to a lot of businesses to ask for donations. Some were very generous and many gave me at least $25. I even signed up a couple of sponsors for the event over the last couple of years ($2,000 to get their businesses on the advertising, t-shirts, etc. for the event). Signing up sponsors does a lot for the event, but doesn't count toward your fundraising tally.

2) On ride day, you can change to whatever ride you want at most TdC events. Usually the courses run together at various points and I've seen many riders change which course they are following mid-ride, such as taking the 75-mile loop instead of the 100. No penalty, the purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness while having a lot of fun, nobody really cares if you rode the 100 or the 15.
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