Originally Posted by WebFootFreak
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)
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.