2020 Branch Out Bike Tour FAQs

REGISTRATION

Is there a registration deadline?

Sign up anytime!  The rides remain open May 1 - August 31, 2020.    

 

Is there a registration fee?

There is a $35 registration fee to participate in the Virtual 2020 Branch Out Bike Tour.  This fee gives you access to exclusive prizes, discounts and awards.  Sign up HERE!

 

What if I’ve already paid a registration fee?

If you have already paid a registration fee, the difference will be automatically assigned to your personal fundraising.  You will receive a tax receipt for this contribution. 

 

What if I’ve registered, but can’t/don't want to participate in the digital challenges? 

If you are unable or you do not wish to participate in the 2020 Virtual Bike Tour, we have a few options for you.  These include donating your full registration for a tax receipt, transferring your registration to next year (2021), or in special circumstances, receiving a full refund (minus a 5% processing fee).  If you would like to explore any of these options, please email bike@branchoutfoundation.com.    


FUNDRAISING

Is fundraising still the same process?

Yes.  You can continue to fundraise through your personal fundraising page.  Easily share the Climbduro Digital Challenges (or Strava if you live outside of Calgary) with your sponsors and let them know what you’re doing to earn their support and raise awareness for the cause.  Hey - why not invite them to give you a dollar for every KM you ride!?

 

What is the fundraising minimum?

We encourage riders to fundraise a minimum of $300 buck-a-roos for tech and non-pharma solutions to neurological disorders.   

 

How will the money I raise be used?

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation makes an impact by filling a much-needed gap in the research and medical system.  Your fundraising dollars directly fund Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students across Canada exploring alternative solutions to treat and heal the brain (or neurological disorders like Alzieherm's, MS, Parkinson's, and Depression).  For more information on the research you’ve funded, visit www.branchoutfoundation.com/research

 

No Gala!?  But that’s my favourite part! 

We know, we know.  The Gala is one of the biggest reasons people return year after year.  We will continue to monitor the global situation and, if the stars align, our goal is to host a celebration at a local Calgary venue in September.  More details to come.


VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

How do I get started?

Climduro Digital Challenges are free and easy to join.  Simply register for a Climbduro account and get riding - it’s that easy.  Search for the challenges near you and join the fun. 

STEP 1: Register at https://climbduro.com/register

STEP 2: Search 'Digital Rides' and start with the one that looks the most fun.

STEP 3: Get ridin’!

 

I don’t have Strava, what do I do?

No problem.  Just download the app onto your iPhone or Android and create an account.  Track your cycling stats and connect your account to Climbduro. 

 

What if I’m not a professional cyclist, can I still ride?

Of course!  We encourage riders of all experience levels to come and join the fun.

 

What if I do not live in the area or I physically cannot do the Climbduro Virtual Challenges?

If you do not live near the Climbduro Digital Challenges or cannot complete these rides, we have a second option for you.  Join our Strava Club to participate from anywhere in the world!  Whether you live in Edmonton, Toronto, or want to ride from the comfort of your stationary bike, you can still partake in the 2020 Branch Out Bike Tour!  

Step #1: Register for the 2020 Branch Out Bike Tour HERE.

Step #2: Search Strava Clubs for ‘2020 Branch Out Bike Tour’ and select your city/location club - e.g. 2020 Bike Tour (Toronto).  Click ‘Join Club’.  

Step #3: Join a Strava 100KM Challenge (e.g. May 100KM Gran Fondo).  Note: Strava distance challenges are offered every month, and you can always sign up for multiple challenges!

That’s it!  Update your donors on your Strava ride accomplishments and/or goals.  By registering for the 2020 Branch Out Bike Tour, you'll be eligible for exclusive prizes, awards and discounts.  Share your photos/videos on social media using Branch Out’s hashtags below.

Don't see a club in your city/area?  Let us know and we'll get one started!  Email bike@branchoutfoundation.com to add a new city!  

#BikingForBrains #BranchyBikeTour2020

 

Help!  I’m not a techie, and the word ‘virtual’ makes me queasy.

We’re here for you, Branchy.  Email bike@branchoutfoundation.com, and we’ll help you get set up and happily walk you through the digital platforms.

 

 

  


SPREAD THE WORD

How can I help promote and share this exciting virtual event?

We know you need an excuse to reach out to your friends and family!  Tell them your plans and share them on your social channels.  Share your rides on social media and add photos/videos using the hashtags below.  Share your stories and offer tips for fundraising on Branch Out’s Facebook page.  

 

What are your social media channels, and what #hastags should we use for promoting and sharing?

Instagram: @branchoutnf     

Facebook: Branch Out Foundation

Twitter: @branchoutnf

 

#BikingForBrains #BranchyBikeTour2020