How do I register for the Hawaiian Ride for Youth?
The sign up process happens in two stages. The initial stage is to complete your Expression of Interest (EOI) – this is to assist the Committee in gauging your motivations for doing the Ride, any previous cycling experience and your potential previous fundraising experience. Places are currently fully subscribed for the 2022 Hawaiian Ride for Youth.
If you pass this initial stage, you will be offered a place in the Ride – your place is only guaranteed once your registration has been finalized.
When is the Ride?
22-26 March 2022
How far do we ride?
You will be riding over 700kms over 4.5 days – each day you will be covering between 120-140kms, and then staying overnight in a regional WA town.
Where do we sleep and eat?
Each night of the Ride we will be staying in a different town – with all meals and accommodation included. Accommodation varies between routes, but you’ll have a bed, a hot shower, a great feed and a chance to socialize with the local community in towns you may not normally have visited!
Is there support during Ride Week?
There sure is! Each route is supported by at least 12 Support Crew – this includes a medic, bike mechanics, massage therapists, and traffic management. You will be riding with four support vehicles – everything you need to help you get back to Perth safely.
How much does it cost?
Participants pay a registration fee of $1,600. This covers your training, insurance, riding uniform as well as meals, accommodation and equipment for Ride Week.
How long has the Ride been going?
In 2022, the Hawaiian Ride for Youth will be celebrating its 20th birthday. To acknowledge this massive achievement an additional peloton has been added to the ride consisting of the first 24 riders along with Hall of Fame recipients.
This peloton will travel the original route taken in 2003, with riders cycling from Albany to Walpole, Pemberton, Bunbury, Mandurah and Perth. It will also include a two-night stay in Mandurah, where Heritage Peloton riders will celebrate with riders from the three traditional pelotons (Coastal, Inland and Wheatbelt) on Friday evening, and cycle together to Perth for the Welcome Home Ceremony on Saturday 26 March 2022.
What is the minimum fundraising amount?
The main objective of the Ride is a charitable one, and each participant is expected to raise a minimum of $5,000 for Youth Focus. Historically, the average amount raised per person is over $8,000 – so never underestimate the power of your network!
How do I fundraise?
You don’t have to fundraise alone! You will be equipped with a Fundraising Kit with tips and tricks on how to maximize your fundraising. And don’t forget – you’re also riding in a team, so why not join forces and tackle your fundraising goal together! Your team will also have a dedicated ‘Fundraising Coach’ who is an experienced rider and fundraiser and will be able to help guide your team in the right direction.
Once you have completed your registration, you will instantly receive your own personal fundraising link – share this far and wide through your networks via social media, emails and in person.
Don’t forget – some workplaces also have a Matched Giving program where your company will match the donations you receive – have a chat to your line manager or HR representative to find out if your workplace is one of these!
Are donations tax deductible?
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and a tax receipt will instantly be emailed to your donors once received.
Can I raise funds offline?
Of course – just get in touch with the Youth Focus Events Team via email@example.com to find out the best way to transfer funds or deposit cash.
What do I do if I’m struggling to fundraise?
Always remember – you’re not in this alone. Aside from your team mates and team captain who are all there to support you in reaching your fundraising goal, your team will also have a Fundraising Coach who can provide advice, tips, tricks and best practices on how to reach your target. It’s better to ask for help as early as possible rather than waiting until February!
Where does the money go?
The funds you raise as part of your Hawaiian Ride for Youth journey go towards supporting the delivery of Youth Focus’ free mental health services to at-risk young people aged 12-25.
Do I need a team to participate?
We will place you in teams once the registration process is completed. We strive to get a balance of new and experienced riders on each team – your team will be a great source of support as you embark on your Hawaiian Ride for Youth journey.
Can I ride with my friends if we all complete an EOI/registration?
If you are hoping to be allocated to a team with your friends, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can – we do try and accommodate preferences where possible.
Do I have to work for a particular company to participate?
No – you will be assigned to a team and rider under that sponsor’s name and logo, however if your company is sponsoring a team it is likely you will be riding for that team.
My workplace is keen to get involved – what sponsorship options are available?
There are a number of options available for corporates to be involved in this iconic, award winning event. Click here to view the 2022 Partnership Prospectus, or email email@example.com for more information.
What is a peloton?
A peloton is a main group (in a race) or a pack of riders. The Hawaiian Ride for Youth has three pelotons during Ride Week, each travelling a different route back to Perth. During training, there may be up to five different training pelotons as these will be based on cycling ability and progress.
Read more about the science of riding in a peloton here.
Can I still participate if I haven’t ridden a bike in a long time?
Absolutely! The six month training program included in your registration will ensure you are fit and ready to take on the challenge of riding 700kms from Albany to Perth. In addition, you will likely be training with people in a very similar situation to you – but you’ll also be surrounded by experienced riding coaches who will be there to help and guide you along the way.
Do I have to train? Especially if I’m an experienced peloton cyclist?
The short answer is yes. While the six months of training covers riding in a peloton, road safety, cornering etc, this six month program is also designed to build camaraderie with your fellow riders, making your Ride Week experience even more special.
When do I get assigned my peloton/route?
Pelotons/routes are generally assigned once training starts – you will be informed of your peloton/route via email as soon as they have been finalised.
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