Each rider is responsible for submitting a pledge log noting contributions totaling at least $300 regardless of age, occupation or scholastic status. The donations cannot be split among riders.

Fundraising guidelines PDF

Donation Log    WORD    PDF


New Riders are required to attend 3 commitment rides in order to qualify for Ride Day. Returning Riders and Reciprocal Riders are required to attend 1 commitment ride in order to qualify.

We will post any cancelations on our facebook page, so please check our facebook page on the morning of the commitment rides to make sure there is a ride.

Commitment Ride Schedule

Eight Week Training

Preparing To Tackle Your First 100

Bike buying basics


The commitment rides are designed to teach riders things that will be critical to safety during The Ride for Missing Children. These important factors need to be understood and practiced so that on Ride day there are no serious crashes and the group is able to stay on schedule for the school stops.

Learning to ride side by side and staying in a tight organized line on the road is very important. The more organized the line, the safer it is. The more efficiently we move through traffic and intersections the better, keeping the motoring public from being delayed and/or aggravated with us.

Communication is vital to keeping the riders safe as well. Turns, stops, dangerous road sections and approaching traffic all pose a threat to a large group ride. Leaning to get this important information to all the riders in a timely fashion is a main goal of the commitment rides.

Fitness is a part of the process too. The mileage and/or difficulty of the commitment rides will increase each week, but you should still be riding on your own in order to be ready for a century. You will see rapid improvement with one or two short, fast, intense, rides mid week. The commitment rides start at approximately 25 miles in length and increase up to approximately 60 miles the week before the actual event. Scheduled bathroom breaks are set at intervals similar to the legs of the ride and figured into the actual route planning of the commitment rides.

On commitment rides, as on Ride day, some riders have the role of "shepherd." These riders are dressed in specific colors so that they are easily identified. Shepherds lead the route, control the pace, help individual riders who may be having physical or mechanical trouble and also provide traffic control on training rides. Shepherds use 2 way radios to communicate with each other and the SAG vehicles.

SAG support is a staffed vehicle which carries gear, first aid supplies, tools and food/ beverages for the training rides. It is also equipped with a bike rack so that a tired/injured rider can be transported with their bike. It also plays a very important role by informing the shepherds of any traffic problems/concerns approaching from the rear.

Riders who attend commitment rides on a regular basis are sure to realize the benefits on the day of the actual event and often thank the shepherds for their efforts leading up to the big day. When you train and ride as a team we all ride safer and happier.

There is more about commitment rides and shepherds in the Riders Manual.

2018 Rider Manual

Thank you for helping to make our children safer ....

                                           ...  one child at a time.

ABC Quick Check:

A = Air. Max pressure in both tires each ide.

B = Brakes. Check before riding.

C = Cranks. Make sure they’re tight (but don’t over tighten them).

Quick = Quick releases. Check the QR's on both wheels (and seat, if equipped).

Check = A slow check out ride and function check of all components.